GW Bush notes from 9/11 attack released

“We’re at war”
Bush: “We’re at war”

While conspiracy theories continue on what happened 15 years ago on 9/11, newly released handwritten notes by former George W. Bush’s Press Secretary, Ari Fleischer, shed light on how Bush reacted, despite the criticism from Democrats.

From the point of the first impact of the first plane hitting one of the Twin Towers in New York, Bush reacted immediately after the attacks on 9/11 from the point of what was going on, his family and the assurance to the American people that he was serious and in charge.

Fleischer provided his six pages of handwritten notes from Air Force One to Yahoo News as well as Reuters as reporters from both Yahoo and Reuters were with Bush in Sarasota, Fla., on that fateful day on Sept. 11, 2001.

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The New York Post reported that Fleischer had told Yahoo that two sections are redacted, one at 10:37 a.m. and another at 10:41 a.m. when Fleisher had written down the location of secure sites where the Bush’s daughters, Barbara and Jenna, were taken.

Some of those written notes stated after the first plane hit the first tower include:

The first note, which was written at 8:45 a.m., shows where Karl Rove tells Bush about first crash while Bush is online at school.”

The next entry written at 9:45, Bush tells Vice President Dick Cheney, “Sounds like we have a minor war going on here. I heard about the Pentagon.”

“We’re at war,” the president said in a phone call to congressional leaders.  “That’s what we’re paid for boys. We’re going to take care of this, when we find out who did this they are not going to like me as president. Somebody is going to be sorry.”

At 10:20 a.m., an entry notes that Bush “authorized shoot down if reason”…

At 11 a.m., Bush makes the decision to take US forces to the increased DEFCON 3 state of readiness.

More at the NY Post.

Written notes of the time line of events here.

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