White House Screens United 93
US President George W. Bush late Tuesday hosted an "emotional" White House screening of the film "United 93," with relatives of some of the passengers who died aboard the September 11, 2001 flight attending, his spokesman said.
"It was a very emotional night, because you had family members and a handful of the families had not seen the movie before," White House spokesman Tony Snow told reporters Wednesday.
"At the conclusion ... it has a very powerful ending, and it's dead silent as the credits roll" except for "the sounds of quiet sobbing in the room," he said.
"It was an extraordinarily moving event," said Snow.
After the screening of the film -- the first major movie to address the 2001 events -- Bush met and spoke with some of the families, the spokesman said.
"United 93" chronicles how the passengers of one of the four flights taken over by Al-Qaeda operatives to attack the United States on that day desperately fought against the hijackers in an effort to take control of the plane.
The flight, which it is believed the hijackers had hoped to plow into the White House or US Capitol building, ultimately crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.