We all remember our personal reactions to the world-changing events of September 11, 2001. Now we get a glimpse as to how the then Commander-in-Chief, George W. Bush, reacted to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 that demolished the Twin Towers and prematurely robbed the lives of 2,996 people.
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum released a new collection of never-before-released photos of the President of the United States from that fateful day. The President’s personal photographer, Eric Draper, captured George W. Bush’s September 11th. From the President reading a book to kids at the Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida then being interrupted to be told the horrific news of the terrorist attacks on NYC and the Pentagon to his flight on Air Force One to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana to him addressing sorrowful Americans from the Oval Office in Washington.
The photos were released after a Freedom of Information Act request by PBS’ “FRONTLINE.”
“Capturing that story was difficult,” Draper told Storybench in a 2015 interview. “I had to focus on being in the right place at the right time and push back the emotions that I was feeling to truly capture the story. Everyone did their job that day and I knew my job was to have a crystal clear focus to document what was in front of me, for others to place it into history.”
Last July, never-before-seen photos from the White House showing the reactions of George W. Bush’s administration were released including Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State Colin Powell and CIA Director George Tenet.