When waitress Leisa Smith tweeted a picture of herself posing with former president George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush, she hoped to elicit a few chuckles—not the wrath of the Internet.

Smith now finds herself mired in controversy after posting a photo with the caption “bush did 911 but he did me a solid and left me a hella tip #,” and in the process, reviving a long-running 9/11 conspiracy-theory meme.


According to mic.com, Bush left $40 on a $21.47 check, but it was Smith’s cheeky jab at the former president that incited online users to come to his defense and skewer Smith for her joke.






Smith, who later issued an apology that she pinned to her Twitter account, told mic.com that she didn’t expect the post to reach beyond her immediate circle of 200 Twitter followers:

“I have a couple of friends that use the meme a lot and they were the only ones I was expecting to see the tweet. I was just trying to get a laugh out of my friends but I in no way actually believe the conspiracy,” she said.


Many credit the meme’s origins to a Charlie Sheen interview back in 2006, and last year it made a comeback when it was seen scrawled on a whiteboard in the Bieber Skrillex “Where R U Now” music video.