12 Never Before Seen Photos Shows George W. Bush’s SHOCKING Reaction During 9/11 Attacks

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On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, the presidency of George W. Bush was forever changed. The United States came under attack by Muslims in jets, striking the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon, killing thousands. 

It was the deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States, with 343 and 72 killed respectively.

Nearly 8 years after Bush left the White House, we now have some never before seen photos that give us an inside look into that tragic day as well as a chronicle of President Bush’s day following the deadly terror attack.

The photos were recently released through a Freedom of Information Act Request, and are stored at the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas.

 at Independent JournalJASON M. BRESLOW at PBS and myself, Dean James at America’s Freedom Fighters have put this together including captions.

All photos by Eric Draper Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum/NARA

1. President Bush as he learns of the terror attack


On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, the president was visiting Emma E. Brooker Elementary School in Sarasota, Fla. when news of the attack on the World Trade Center broke.

2. Bush prepares to give his first address to the nation


The president and his staff, including Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, pictured left, were then brought to a holding room at the school, where he prepared to address the nation. “I have spoken to the vice president, to the governor of New York, to the director of the FBI, and have ordered that the full resources of the federal government go to help the victims and their families — and to conduct a full-scale investigation to hunt down and to find those folks who committed this act,” he said. “Terrorism against our nation will not stand.”

3. The President aboard Air Force One


The President is shown here on Air Force One watching television coverage of the attacks from his office on the plane.

4. George W. Bush- Commander-in-Chief


President George W. Bush talks on the telephone at the General Dougherty Conference Center at Barksdale Air Force Base.

5. The President discussing the severity of this tragic event.


The president with White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card at Barksdale Air Force Base. Before leaving the base, the president held a press conference at which he said, “Make no mistake: The United States will hunt down and punish those responsible for these cowardly acts.”

6. Bush being consoled by Lt. Col. Cindy Wright.


After leaving Louisiana, the president was flown to Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska until it was determined that it was safe for him to fly back to Washington D.C.

7. Bush takes charge


The president with senior adviser Karl Rove at Barksdale Air Force Base.

8. The president addresses a grieving nation


At 8:30 p.m., the president addressed the nation from the White House. In his speech, he set the tone for the wars to come in Afghanistan and Iraq.

9. Bush faces the press and the American people


“I’ve directed the full resources for our intelligence and law enforcement communities to find those responsible and bring them to justice,” the president said. “We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.”

10. Carefully chosen words


The president’s speech on the teleprompter.

11. Back to work


Immediately following the speech, the president has a national security meeting with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card and others.

12. First Lady Laura Bush Looks On in the Moment of Trial


President Bush arrived at the White House Presidential Emergency Operations Center around 7 p.m. Here he is shown with his wife, First Lady Laura Bush, Vice President Cheney and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice.

WOW! We hope you enjoyed this flashback into history.

God Bless,



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