Tony Bennett Apologizes for 9/11 Comments
A humbled Tony Bennett says he's sorry for the shocking remarks he made about 9/11!
The man known for his satin-smooth voice made a misstep on Howard Stern's Sirius radio show when he offered a stunning assessment of the World Trade Center attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people:
Bennett said, "Who are the terrorists? Are we the terrorists or are they the terrorists? Two wrongs don't make a right."
"They're the ones who started it with that plane flying into the World Trade Center," said Stern. "What do you do?"
"I don't know about that...they flew the plane in, but we caused it," replied Bennett.
Stern asked, "Why?"
"Because we were bombing them and they told us to stop," the singer said, adding that he thought they felt they had to retaliate.
Just as startling was the legendary crooner's claim about a conversation he says he had with President Bush about the war in Iraq.
Bennett said, "He told me personally that night, he says, 'I think I made a mistake.' "
"Really?!" asked Stern's sidekick Robin Quivers.
Bennett says that conversation with Bush took place at The Kennedy Center Honors in 2005, where he was among the honorees.
A spokesman for the former president fired back:
"This account is flatly wrong. President Bush never said that to Tony Bennett or anyone else."
On The View Wednesday to promote his new album with k.d. Lang, Bennett tried to clear the air by reading this statement:
"I am sorry if my statements suggested anything other than an expression of my love for my country, my hope for humanity, and my desire for peace throughout the world. Nobody loves America more than I do."