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; Karl Rove, Senior Adviser; Ari Fleischer, Press Secretary; Dan Bartlett, Deputy Assistant to the President; Andy Card, White House Chief of Staff, and Deborah Loewer, Director of White House Situation Room. Photo by Eric Draper, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library
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.