Lately, so much of history is being re-written in the name of political correctness. The civil rights movement has been scrubbed for the sake of making some notables ‘more notable’, the founding of our great nation has had some cosmetic changes to be more palatable to certain groups and even the New International version of the Holy Bible is being tinkered with just to make some of its readers feel ‘more at home’. Well, I happen to be a fan of our former president, George W. Bush. As I remember, 911 actually defined his presidency. He became a leader in chief, a comforter in chief and I want to make sure that I give him the credit and respect that he has earned over the last 8 years of our lives. Here’s the time line of September 11, 2001:
Complete Timeline of President George W. Bush on September 11, 2001
(provided by White House Press Secretary, Ari Fleischer – all times are EDT)
A soldier stands in front of Air Force One at Barksdale AFB on morning of September 11, 2001
9 a.m. – Bush arrives at Sarasota, Fla., school for speech. White House chief of staff Andrew Card tells him a
plane has crashed into the World Trade Center.
9:05 a.m. – Bush is visiting a second-grade class when Card whispers to him that a second plane has struck the
towers. President delays plans to address the tragedy, deciding to get more information first.
9:30 a.m. – Bush meets privately with National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, who briefs him. He delivers
first remarks on the tragedy.
10 a.m. – Aboard Air Force One en route to Louisiana, Bush calls Vice President Dick Cheney and puts America’s
military on a high alert status. Sifts through reports from staff, including erroneous report that a car bomb had
struck the State Department. Gets news that plane has crashed near Pittsburgh.
11:40 a.m. – Bush arrives at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., where he makes series of telephone calls from a
general’s conference room. Tells Cheney in telephone call, “It’s the faceless coward that attacks.” He also talks
to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and New York Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.
1:15 p.m. – Bush departs conference room for Air Force One in a camouflaged Humvee. Talks to Cheney again
en route to Nebraska air force base and schedules a 4 p.m. meeting of his national security staff. Also talks to
New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Gov. George Pataki. “I know your heart is broken and your city is strained
and anything we can do, let me know,” Bush says.
3:07 p.m. – Bush arrives at U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.
4:36 p.m. – Bush departs for Washington. En route, he calls first lady Laura Bush and says, “I’m coming home,
see you at the White House.” Works with aides on his prime-time speech.
7 p.m. – Bush arrives at White House to prepare for address.
8:30 p.m. – Bush speaks to nation (text below).
8:35 p.m. – Bush attends national security meeting.
10:21 p.m. – Meeting has ended. Secret Service radio squawks with news that Bush has gone home to bed:
“Trailblazer. Second floor of the residence.”