@AriFleischer: The cover of President Bush's schedule. September 11, 2001. http://t.co/TI5YrNF1Ul
@AriFleischer: The scene in the presidential holding room at the Emma Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, FL. http://t.co/pfuSqLF9xQ
@AriFleischer: Here's a copy of one page from my 9/11 notes. http://t.co/juDmalWMod
@AriFleischer: I took notes throughout the day as the President and Andy Card worked the phones. http://t.co/Fq8acQoK9r
@AriFleischer: Bush was told about the Pentagon enroute AFOne. Here is the scene in his AF1 office moments later. http://t.co/RHyVvBMngY
@AriFleischer: When the plane went down in Shanksville, 1st report we got was a plane went down "near Camp David". It's about 100 miles away.
@AriFleischer: There were reports on TV, which we could sometimes see aboard AF1, that the Mall was on fire and a car bomb went off at State.
@AriFleischer: Prior to 9/11, there was no satellite TV aboard AF1. Stations would come in and out as we flew overhead.
@AriFleischer: At 10:32, info came in saying "Angel is next". Angel was the codeword for AFOne. It was one of several false reports that day.
@AriFleischer: At this point, we knew 4 planes down. We were told there were several more in the air. USSS did not want Bush 2return 2DC.
@AriFleischer: I learned years after 9/11 that AF1 Capt. Tillman ordered an armed AF Security man 2guard the stairs leading 2the cockpit.
@AriFleischer: At 11:00, Bush gave authorization to put military on DefCon3. Last time US was on that level was 1973 Yom Kippur War.
@AriFleischer: At noon, we landed at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana so POTUS could address the nation. I'm watching later coverage. http://t.co/uFebKzKhA1
@AriFleischer: At Barksdale, Bush was told a "high speed object" was heading 4his Crawford ranch. Ranch was evacuated. Turned out 2b false.
@AriFleischer: Bush: "I can't wait 2find out who did it. It's going 2take a while & we're not going to have a little slap on the wrist crap."
@AriFleischer: At Barksdale Bush called NY Sen. Schumer: "Condolences go to everyone in NY. We'll come together. God Bless."
@AriFleischer: Bush calls Rumsfeld:"It's a day of national tragedy. We'll clean up the mess & then the ball will be in your court 2respond."
@AriFleischer: Nine reporters had to stay behind. They weren't happy. Jay Carney was one of them. He was furious.
@AriFleischer: Normally there are 14 reporters on AF1. Andy told me to cut it to 3. I said we needed 5. He said ok.
@AriFleischer: We left behind at Barksdale members of Congress, some WH staff, and some press.
@AriFleischer: We only had the small Secret Service crew that flies on AF1 w us & no armored cars, so Andy Card ordered traveling party 2b reduced.
@AriFleischer: Next stop was Offutt AFB in NE. USSS still didn't want Bush in DC, and Offutt had facilities for a classified teleconference
@AriFleischer: USSS: "Our people r saying it's too unsteady still". Bush: "Cheney says not safe yet as well." Andy: "Right thing is 2let the dust settle."
@AriFleischer: Aboard AF1. Bush to Secret Service (USSS) & Andy: "I want 2go back home ASAP. I don't want whoever this is holding me outside Washington."
@AriFleischer: "The American people want to know where their dang President is.
@AriFleischer: Bush to USSS: "We need to get back to Wash. We don't need some tin horn terrorist to scare us off."
@AriFleischer: Bush calls Giuliani and Pataki: "Our sympathies are with you and the people of NY. I know your heart is broken and your city is strained.
@AriFleischer: Bush also warned Giuliani and Pataki to remain alert to a second wave attack.
@AriFleischer: Here's our arrival at Offutt AFB. AF1 parked right next to the Doomsday Plane which is based there. http://t.co/HqCoSWs9v2
@AriFleischer: I don't know who took this YouTube video, but here is AFOne and the Doomsday plane. LINK
@AriFleischer: Doomsday plane dates back 2 Cold War. If a nuclear strike destroyed what's on ground, command & control could b carried out from the air.
@AriFleischer: Believe it or not, this little building leads to the bunker WAY down below the ground at STRATCOM, at Offutt. http://t.co/Tp6OzhaqaO
@AriFleischer: The scene at STATCOM was just like the movie "Wargames". Giant screens and lots of Air Force brass. On 9/11, also the Commander in Chief.
@AriFleischer: At STRATCOM, reports came in of 2 intercontinental flights heading for US refusing directions to land. Both reports turned out wrong
@AriFleischer: Bush in NE calls Mrs. Bush: "If I'm in the WH and there's a plane coming my way, all I can say is I hope I read my Bible that day.
@AriFleischer: At 4:15 central time we left the bunker knowing we were returning to DC.
@AriFleischer: Press can't take pictures on AFOne w/o my permission. As fighters escorted us, they asked 2take pictures. I said yes. http://t.co/iF8FNbW5Bo
@AriFleischer: We landed at Andrews AFB and boarded Marine One for the WH. Below us, the smoldering Pentagon was visible from Marine One.
@AriFleischer: Bush aboard Marine One: "The mightiest building in the world is on fire.That's the 21st century war you just witnessed."
@AriFleischer: Back at the WH, here's the scene in the President's private dining room, just off the Oval Office. http://t.co/bfUdlRK81x
@AriFleischer: After Bush addressed the nation, I walked with him to the bunker (PEOC) under the WH where his national security team met.
@AriFleischer: Amazingly, at the door 2the PEOC, I saw a USSS agent with his long gun out and ready.
That for me was 9/11. May God always bless America.
@AriFleischer: Forgot this. After I returned 2the WH, I briefed the press in my office. That's a young @JimVandeHei in the middle. http://t.co/QoHuiOMMF9
@AriFleischer: @FoxForceFlacco "Authorized shoot down if necessary" of commercial airliners. Frightening to contemplate.