Former US President George W. Bush was at an elementary school when he was notified of the 9-11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center building.
President Noynoy Aquino, according to the Inquirer was:
At a news briefing aired live on government television and radio early Tuesday, Mr. Aquino said he deliberately stayed out of the public eye during the crisis because he was working behind the scenes.
He monitored developments initially in Malacañang but “toward the end” of the crisis, he went out to meet with Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim and police officials at a restaurant close to the hostage site in Manila, according to Carandang.
“We don’t need to publicize what we have been doing because one of the hardest parts of this day was controlling the kibitzers,” the President said at the briefing when asked why it took him so long to come out and face the nation.
He said he had to call up Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo for instance so the latter could convey to an official from the National Police Commission (Napolcom) “to keep quiet” and stop issuing statements about the demands made by Mendoza in exchange for the release of the hostages at that time.
The Napolcom commissioner, whom the President did not identify, had said things that in effect “shut the door to negotiations” and thus, the latter was “complicating the tense situation,” Mr. Aquino said.
The President said that at the time he wanted the ground commander assigned to deal with the crisis to be able to do his job without the help of “somebody looking over his shoulder and micro-managing everything the he has to do.”