George W. Bush
Presidents day went like this on
the day of the terrorist
Sept 11 - Oct 6, 2001
President Bush arrives at
Sarasota, Florida, school
for speech. White House chief of staff Andrew
Card tells him
a plane has crashed into the World Trade
President Bush is visiting a
when Card whispers to him that a second
plane has struck
the towers. President delays plans to address
the tragedy, deciding
to get more information first.
President Bush meets privately
with National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice,
who briefs him. He delivers first remarks on the
Aboard Air Force One en route to
Bush calls Vice President Dick Cheney
and puts America's
military on a high alert status. Sifts through
reports from staff,
including erroneous report that a car bomb had struck
the State Department.
Gets news that plane has crashed near
President Bush arrives at
Barksdale Air Force Base,
Louisiana, where he makes series of telephone
calls from a
general's conference room. Tells Cheney in telephone call,
"It's the faceless
coward that attacks." He also talks to Defense Secretary
and New York Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.
President Bush departs conference
room for Air Force
One in a camouflaged Humvee. Talks to
Cheney again en
route to Nebraska air force base and schedules a 4
p.m. meeting of
his national security staff. Also talks to New York Mayor Rudy
Giuliani and Gov.
George Pataki. "I know your heart is broken and your city
is strained and
anything we can do, let me know," Bush says.
Bush arrives at
Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in
President Bush departs for
Washington. En route,
he calls first lady Laura Bush and says,
"I'm coming home,
see you at the White House." Works with aides
on his prime-time
President Bush arrives at White
House to prepare
President Bush speaks to nation.
President Bush attends
national security meeting.
Meeting has ended. Secret
Service radio squawks
with news that President Bush has gone home to
"Trailblazer. Second floor of the
of FOX News
September 11, 2001
PRESIDENT: Good evening.
Today, our fellow citizens,
our way of life, our very freedom came under attack
in a series of
deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes, or
in their offices;
secretaries, businessmen and women, military and federal workers; moms
and dads, friends
and neighbors. Thousands of lives
were suddenly ended by evil,
despicable acts of
pictures of airplanes
flying into buildings,
fires burning, huge structures collapsing, have filled us with
and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended
frighten our nation
into chaos and retreat. But they have failed; our country is strong.
great people has been
to defend a great nation.
Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest
buildings, but they cannot
touch the foundation of America. These acts shattered steel, but
they cannot dent
the steel of American resolve.
was targeted for
because we're the
brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no
one will keep that
light from shining.
our nation saw evil,
very worst of human
nature. And we responded with the best of America -- with
the daring of our
rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbors who
came to give blood
and help in any way they could.
attack, I implemented
our government's emergency response plans. Our military is
powerful, and it's
prepared. Our emergency teams are working in New York City and
Washington, D.C. to
help with local rescue efforts.
first priority is to get
help to those who have
been injured, and to take every precaution to protect our
citizens at home
and around the world from further attacks.
functions of our
interruption. Federal agencies in Washington which had to be
evacuated today are reopening
for essential personnel tonight, and will be open for
Our financial institutions remain strong, and the American economy
will be open for
business, as well.
search is underway for
those who are behind these
evil acts. I've directed the full resources of our intelligence and
communities to find those responsible and to bring them to
justice. We will
make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these
acts and those who
appreciate so very much
members of Congress
who have joined me in strongly condemning these attacks. And on
behalf of the American
people, I thank the many world leaders who have called to
offer their condolences
and our friends and
allies join with all
those who want peace and security in the world, and we stand
together to win the war
against terrorism. Tonight, I ask for your prayers for all those who
grieve, for the
children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of
safety and security
has been threatened. And I pray
they will be comforted by a power
greater than any
of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: "Even though I walk
through the valley
of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with
is a day when all
Americans from every walk
of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has
stood down enemies
before, and we will do so this time. None of us will ever forget
this day. Yet,
we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in
you. Good night, and
speech ended at
Song of Freedom
Ring, O bells,
Tell the story far
Let the breezes
bear your echoes,
day is here.
Fire the guns and
See the flag above
Hail the stars and
Dearest flag in
Ring, O bells, and
Float, O flag, from sea to sea!
We, thy children, rally 'round
Hail, O flag of liberty!
Float, O starry flag
bells, and shout, O
flag, from sea to sea!
children, rally 'round
Flag our fathers died to save;
He on whom your shadow lingers
Never more can be a slave.
May "Old Glory" float forever,
High o'er vale and mountain crag,
See her stars on ev'ry ocean,
One dear country, one dear flag!
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created: September 12, 2001
updated: November 23, 2011