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9/11 Presidential Reaction, NARA

On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked the United States. Over the next 50 days and nearly 50,000 images later, White House photographers would capture the horror and heroism, the courage and compassion surrounding those attacks. From a Florida second-grade classroom to a ceremonial first pitch, these moments in time reflect the resounding resolution and resiliency of a president.

President George W. Bush began his schedule that day at the Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida. Participating in a second-grade reading demonstration, he was informed by his Chief of Staff that “America is under attack.” As events unfolded in New York City, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania, President Bush directed the nation’s response from Air Force One as he flew from Sarasota to Barksdale Air Force Base to Offutt Air Force Base and returned to Washington, DC, where he addressed the nation from the Oval Office.
911: President George W. Bush Receives Information Regarding Terrorist Attacks, 09/11/2001.
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911: President George W. Bush in President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC), 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: Mrs. Laura Bush listens Tuesday, September 11, 2001, as President George W. Bush discusses the terrorist attacks with White House staff in the President's Emergency Operations Center. Also pic... more

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President George W. Bush confers with staff members Tuesday, Spet. 11, 2001, at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Fla. Senior Staff include, from left: Gordon Johndroe, Assistant Press Secretary; Ka... more

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A highway sign reads, "All Crossings to New York Closed" Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. Photo by Paul Morse, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library

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President George W. Bush talks on the telephone Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, as senior staff huddle in his office aboard Air Force One. Photo by Eric Draper, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library

911: President George W. Bush and Teleconference at Offutt Air Force Base, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: President George W. Bush, Admiral Richard Mies, left, and White House Chief of Staff Andy Card conduct a video teleconference Tuesday Sept. 11, 2001, at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. ..U... more

911: President George W. Bush in President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC), 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: After returning to the White House, President George W. Bush meets with from left: Vice President Dick Cheney; Chief of Staff Andy Card; Condoleezza Rice, National Security Adviser; and Speci... more

911: President George W. Bush Speaks on the Telephone, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: Surrounded by his staff, President George W. Bush calls New York Governor George Pataki, FBI Director Robert Mueller and Vice President Dick Cheney Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, from Emma E. Booker... more

911: President George W. Bush and Address to the Nation, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: President George W. Bush delivers his Address to the Nation Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, from the Oval Office. ..U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: P7132-14..Created By: President (2001-2... more

911: President George W. Bush Watches Television Coverage of Terrorist Attacks, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: President George W. Bush watches television coverage of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, from his office aboard Air Force One. ..U.S. National Archives... more

911: President George W. Bush aboard Air Force One, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: An F-16 escorts Air Force One Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, from Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska to Andrews Air Force Base. ..U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: P7099-18..Created By: Pre... more

911: President George W. Bush and Speech Preparation, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: President George W. Bush reviews notes with Karen Hughes before addressing the nation from the Oval Office...U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: P7132-04..Created By: President (2001-200... more

911: President George W. Bush Watches Television Coverage of Terrorist Attacks, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: President George W. Bush watches television coverage of the attacks on the World Trade Center during a briefing in a classroom at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida. ..U.S. ... more

911: President George W. Bush Receives Information Regarding Terrorist Attacks, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: As Dan Bartlett, Deputy Assistant to the President, points to news footage of the World Trade Center, President George W. Bush gathers information about the terrorist attack from a classroom a... more

911: President George W. Bush in President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC), 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush talk with Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice Tuesday, September 11, 2001, in the President's Emergency Opera... more

911: President George W. Bush Arrives at Offutt Air Force Base, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: President George W. Bush arrives at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska...U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: P7087-05A..Created By: President (2001-2009 : Bush). Office of Management and ... more

911: President George W. Bush Confers with Staff Members at Barksdale Air Force Base, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: President George W. Bush confers with, from left, Karl Rove, Andy Card, Dan Bartlett and Ari Fleischer, prior to delivering remarks on the World Trade Center disaster from the General Doughert... more

911: President George W. Bush and White House Arrival, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: Counselor Karen Hughes and Counsel Alberto Gonzales follow President George W. Bush into the Oval Office after his return to the White House...U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: P7110-0... more

911: President George W. Bush and Vice President Cheney in President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC), 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: President George W. Bush talks with Vice President Dick Cheney in the President's Emergency Operations Center Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, after returning to the White House from Offutt Air Force ... more

911: President George W. Bush Consults with Senior Staff, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: President George W. Bush consults with senior staff Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, at Emma E Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Fla. Senior staff include, from left: Ari Fleischer, Press Secreta... more

911: President George W. Bush Talks on the Telephone aboard Air Force One, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: .After departing Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska for Washington, D.C. Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush talks on the phone with Vice President Dick Cheney from Air Force One.... more

911: President George W. Bush Takes Notes, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: President George W. Bush takes notes as he listens to news coverage of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, during a visit to Emma E. Booker Elementary School in S... more

911: President George W. Bush - Remarks to the Nation, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: President George W. Bush delivers remarks to the nation regarding the terrorist attacks on U.S. soil from Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida...U.S. National Archives’ Local ... more

911: President George W. Bush and White House Arrival, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: As President George W. Bush returns to Washington, D.C. Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, Marine One prepares to land on the South Lawn of the White House. ..U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: ... more

911: President George W. Bush Holds a National Security Meeting, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: After addressing the nation, President George W. Bush meets with his National Security Council in the Presidential Emergency Operations Center of the White House...U.S. National Archives’ Loca... more

911: Andy Card and Norman Mineta Confer, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: White House Chief of Staff Andy Card and Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta confer in the Roosevelt Room of the White House Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, prior to President George W. Bush's ... more

911: President George W. Bush Delivers Remarks on Terrorist Attacks from Barksdale Air Force Base, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: President George W. Bush delivers remarks on the terrorist attacks Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, before departing for Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. ... more

911: President George W. Bush Speaks on the Telephone, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: President George W. Bush calls New York Governor George Pataki, FBI Director Robert Mueller and Vice President Dick Cheney Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, from Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sar... more

911: President George W. Bush aboard Air Force One, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: President George W. Bush and his staff look out the windows of Air Force One at their F-16 escort Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, while en route to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. Pictured fro... more

911: New York City Views, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: Smoke rises from the site of the World Trade Center Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. ..U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: P7127-23..Created By: President (2001-2009 : Bush). Office of Managem... more

911: President George W. Bush Confers with Andy Card aboard Air Force One, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: President George W. Bush confers with White House Chief of Staff Andy Card in the President's stateroom aboard Air Force One...U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: P7067-32..Created By: P... more

911: President George W. Bush aboard Air Force One, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: President George W. Bush speaks with Ari Fleischer, left, and Karl Rove aboard Air Force One during the flight from Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska to Andrews Air Force Base...U.S. National... more

911: President George W. Bush in Oval Office, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: President George W. Bush looks over a brief with White House staff outside the Oval Office. ..U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: P7153-00..Created By: President (2001-2009 : Bush). Off... more

911: President George W. Bush and Address to the Nation, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: President George W. Bush confers with Karen Hughes and Dan Bartlett outside the Oval Office after delivering his Address to the Nation...U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: P7145-08..Cre... more

911: President George W. Bush Participates in a Classroom Demonstration at Emma E. Booker Elementary School, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: President George W. Bush participates in a reading demonstration the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Fla. ..U.S. National Archives’ Local I... more

911: President George W. Bush Talks on the Telephone aboard Air Force One, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: President George W. Bush confers with staff via telephone from his office aboard Air Force One during the flight from Sarasota to Barksdale Air Force Base...U.S. National Archives’ Local Ident... more

911: President George W. Bush with Harriet Miers aboard Air Force One, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: President George W. Bush and Harriet Miers Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, aboard Air Force One. ..U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: P7089-14..Created By: President (2001-2009 : Bush). Offi... more

911: President George W. Bush and White House Arrival, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: Counselor Karen Hughes and Counsel Alberto Gonzales wait on the Colonnade for President George W. Bush to arrive at the White House Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. ..U.S. National Archives’ Local Id... more

911: President George W. Bush and White House Arrival, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice waits at the South Portico for President George W. Bush to arrive at the White House Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. ..U.S. National Archives’ Local Identif... more

911: President George W. Bush Talks on the Telephone aboard Air Force One, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: President George W. Bush confers with staff via telephone from his office aboard Air Force One during the flight from Sarasota to Barksdale Air Force Base...U.S. National Archives’ Local Ident... more

911: President George W. Bush and Speech Preparation, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: Working with his senior staff, President George W. Bush reviews the speech that he will deliver to the nation from the Oval Office the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. Pictured from left ar... more

911: President George W. Bush Confers with Andy Card aboard Air Force One, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: President George W. Bush speaks with White House Chief of Staff Andy Card Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, aboard Air Force One. ..U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: P7070-13..Created By: Pre... more

911: President George W. Bush at Offutt Air Force Base, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: President George W. Bush, White House Chief of Staff Andy Card, left, and Adm. Richard Mies conduct a video teleconference at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska...U.S. National Archives’ Local ... more

911: President George W. Bush and Speech Preparation, 09/11/2001.

Original Caption: Working with his senior staff, President George W. Bush reviews the speech that he will deliver to the nation the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, from the Oval Office. Pictured from left a... more