Photo of G.W. Bush Hugging Ashley Faulkner, Daughter of 9/11 Victim
Netlore Archive: Emailed photo shows President G.W. Bush hugging 15-year-old Ashley Faulkner, the daughter of September 11 victim Wendy Faulkner
Description: Email flier w/photo
Circulating since: May 2004
Analysis: See below
Email example contributed by D. Hawkins, 1 June 2004:
Subject: One Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
It started out as a fluke. Lynn Faulkner had been offered an extra ticket to a Bush campaign event by his neighbor Linda Prince. Mr. Faulkner decided to offer it to his 15-year old daughter Ashley who he expected would decline, as she would have to miss some school to attend. But his daughter surprised him. Ashley reminded her dad how four years ago they attended a similar event when then Texas Governor George W. Bush visited the same spot on the campaign trail.
Ashley remembered attending that event with both her father and her mother Wendy Faulkner. It was raining that day and they all stood in the rain awaiting Governor Bush "eating Triscuit crackers" enjoying the time together and hoping to get a glimpse of the would-be president. Ashley recalled holding her mothers hand as they waited. So she decided to go again this year, but this time her mother could not attend. Wendy Faulkner was murdered on 9/11/01 in the south tower of the World Trade Center. She was there on the 104th floor for a one-day meeting. Ashley decided to miss school in honor and remembrance of her mother and attend the event.
Comments: True. The above article, written by C.K. Rairden, originally appeared on The Washington Dispatch, a political commentary Website, on May 10, 2004 and has circulated via forwarded email ever since. A similar account of the encounter between President Bush and 15-year-old Ashley Faulkner, which took place on May 4, 2004 in Lebanon, Ohio, appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer. The photograph is credited to Ashley's father, Lynn Faulkner.
Sources and further reading:
Bush Pauses to Comfort Teen
Cincinnati Enquirer, 6 May 2004
Bush Photo w/Teen Shows Conviction and Compassion
The Washington Dispatch, 10 May 2004
9/11 World Trade Center Victims
USA Today, 22 July 2002
Last updated: 06/24/04