Dramatic account of President George W Bush’s reaction to 9/11 twin towers attack revealed

Close aide Ari Fleischer tweets that Bush said: “We’re at war Dick and we’re going to find out who did this and we’re going to kick their ass”

Dramatic account of President George W Bush's reaction to 9/11 twin towers attack revealed

A minute by minute account of President George W Bush being told of the World Trade Centre terror attacks was revealed yesterday – the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 slaughter.

Former press secretary Ari Fleischer took to Twitter to release an extraordinary account of a moment in history seared in the memory of millions.

The President was reading The Pet Goat to schoolchildren in Florida when the shocking news was whispered in his ear.

Fleischer yesterday tweeted his account of the key events of the day that changed American history.

 

Within an hour Bush authorised the American military to go to Def Con 3 – the highest level of military alert (defence readiness condition) since the 1973 Yom Kippur war.

The working of the president’s mind – about what his enemies will think of him – was also revealed moments later.

 

And that was followed by:

 

In an extraordinary series of  tweets, Fleischer reveals how the day unfolded in 2001. He was in the presidential motorcade from Sarasota to the Emma Booker Elementary School:

 

 

Fleischer tells how he hustled out of his car to tell the President what had happened: “He was shaking hanmds with school officials, none of whom knew the news.”

He explained how the president was taken to a ‘holding room’ where he called national security advisor Condoleezza Rice: “He instructs her 2 make resources avail. to help NY, still thinking it was an accident.

Dramatic account of President George W Bush's reaction to 9/11 twin towers attack revealed

Revealing: President George W. Bush’s spokesman Ari Fleischer

The President initially was informed it was an “accident” but Mr Fleischer tweeted: “I wrote on back of a legal pad ‘DON’T SAY ANYTHING YET”. I wanted him 2b briefed b4 talking. I put my back to the press & held up the sign.”

Fleischer also explained why Bush didn’t leave the school immediately, saying he was there to  “collect his thoughts and send a signal of calm”.

It was then, as the President was reading to children,   a White House official leaned over to whisper in the president’s ear:

 

Fleischer recalled the President’s words that a “national tragedy” had struck. He said: “We boarded the motorcade and drove [fast] to Air Force One, planning for a return to Washington, DC.”

“9:37  American Airlines Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon.”

He said the president was told of the attack on the Pentagon by either the Secret Service in the front of the limo, or by Rice on the phone: “I don’t remember.”

He also said there was a report if a sniper at the end of the runway.

The former press secretary also tweeted that the security services believed the presidential jet was the next target:

 

And he added sinisterly:

 

Read the full account in our Storify below.

 

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