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Ari Fleischer Recounts 9/11 Events in Tweeting Session

By    |   Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 09:44 PM

President George W. Bush reacted with an angry resolve on 9/11 —  vowing to catch those responsible and "kick their ass" —  as White House officials grappled with the initial suspicion the strikes may have been "inside attacks," according to former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer.

In an unusual chronicle of the day through "live tweeting," Fleischer recounted the events starting at 8:46 a.m. on the 13th anniversary of the attacks, the time when the first plane slammed into the North Tower in lower Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001.

He tweeted that the president's motorcade was just "a few minutes away from arriving at the school" where he was famously pictured reading to children as the terrible news unfolded.



He then recounts the events based on copious notes he'd kept, and pictures that were taken, including Bush's first call to Vice President Dick Cheney after the attacks.


Along with conversations with White House insiders, Fleischer disclosed other details including that officials were apparently afraid high-level members of the U.S. government could have been involved in the attacks.


Minutes after the second WTC tower collapsed, Bush was told his daughters were removed to a "safe house," Fleischer tweets, and when Bush asked about his dog, Barney, Fleischer quoted former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card responding by saying the dog was "nipping at the heels of Osama bin Laden."

Fleischer even shows how much tougher it was for Bush to remain in touch in a time before smart phones.


Fleischer concluded the posts more than seven hours later, tweeting: "That's what I did September 11, 2001. Thanks for listening."

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President George W. Bush reacted with an angry resolve on 9/11 — vowing to catch those responsible and "kick their ass" — as White House officials grappled with the initial suspicion the strikes may have been "inside attacks," according to former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer.
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