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Ari Fleischer: Describes 911 with Prez. Bush on Twitter

@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.
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@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.




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Thanks for posting.


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LSUGrrrl
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Very interesting. Thanks for posting. Wish I could read his personal notes but seriously cannot make out a single word.


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Wow.


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"Authorized shoot down if necessary" of commercial airliners. Frightening to contemplate.





Frightening. Imagine a fighter pilot with that authorization and how long your finger would be on the trigger?


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Frightening. Imagine a fighter pilot with that authorization and how long your finger would be on the trigger?


There is no way I could have carried out that order.


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Very interesting - thanks for posting.

As much as I disagreed with Bush later on in his presidency, I am glad he was POTUS on that day.


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Nice job Ari. Very sobering and informative


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Incredible stuff to read


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Thanks for sharing this. Powerful read.


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Incredible stuff to read


I read about his 911 tweets on Mediate and went check out his twitter handle. Amazing the amount of detail he released today. Grateful to see events through his eyes.

I did laugh at Jay Carney being left behind at Barksdale and how he was not happy about it.


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I wish I could read transcripts of some of the conversations that happened that day.


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I'm more and more thankful GWB was our leader during that time each and every day. GWB is a great American, regardless of what you think of his policies post 9-11.


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GWB is a great American


I definitely believe that. I'd love to shake the man's hand.


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Wish I could read his personal notes but seriously cannot make out a single word.
I can make out most of it. Transcribed it as I was reading. Maybe somebody else can fill in the blanks & ?s. Wish I had a link & could see all the notes.

8:45 ____ tells POTUS about first crass while POTUS is on ____ at school. He going into ___ & speaks to Condi on AF1

9:45 be sure to get first lady and daughter protected

POTUS to UP "sounds like we have a minor war going on here. I heard about the Pentagon"

There are 3 aircraft still missing

Call ___ leadership to give a briefing

"We're at war"

"that's what we're paid for boys. We're going to take care of this. When we find out who did this they're not going to like me as President. Somebody's going to pay."

10:20 POTUS: fighters scrambled, escorted down one plane near Washington
The comm. equipment is good but not great (authorized shoot down if necessary)
Calls CID ____ - ____ first 4 _______
What do you guys know about it
Have you been in touch with Tenet(?)
"even though we're in the air, I want George to get in touch if he knows anything"

Andy: we're heading up to 45,000 feet
They claim we can outrun anybody




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Frightening. Imagine a fighter pilot with that authorization and how long your finger would be on the trigger?


LINK

For the two F16 pilots that were scrambled to intercept flight 93, it would have been an even tougher situation to be in, they were un armed and planned to ram the airliner with their fighters, and if possible eject at the last possible instant.


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I'm more and more thankful GWB was our leader during that time each and every day. GWB is a great American, regardless of what you think of his policies post 9-11.


When I look at the pictures GWB and his staff during this crisis, and then try to imagine the WH staff we have today in the same situation I shudder!


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"that's what we're paid for boys. We're going to take care of this. When we find out who did this they're not going to like me as President. Somebody's going to pay."




Like others have said, I hate most of his policies, but he was the right man to be a leader during those days/weeks.

He is a leader, O should take notes.


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Fantastic stuff. GWB was in control that day. Wish i could be as calm, cool and collected in that situation. He handled it like a boss with brass balls.


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I can make out most of it. Transcribed it as I was reading. Maybe somebody else can fill in the blanks & ?s. Wish I had a link & could see all the notes.


Thank you for translating!


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