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Bush to see ‘United 93’ with victims’ families

Spokesman says the president views passengers, crew members as ‘heroes’
/ Source: Reuters

George W. Bush, whose presidency will forever be entwined with the Sept. 11 attacks, gets to relive part of the day Tuesday night by watching the movie, “United 93.”

The film, which opened last month to critical acclaim, tells the story of how al Qaeda hijackers took over the flight and steered it in the direction of Washington D.C.

Passengers learned from cellphones that three other hijacked planes had already hit their targets — the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. They decided to rise up and attack the hijackers, who crashed the plane into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killing everyone on board.

“The president has always said that ... the passengers and the crew members on the flight were heroes,” said White House spokesman Dana Perino.

Bush was to watch the movie in the White House theater with his wife, Laura, along with some family members of those who died on the flight.

“United 93” is the first feature film to deal explicitly with the events of Sept. 11, 2001.