Remembering 9/11 (video 2) National Geographic – George W Bush: The 9/11 Interview

911: President George W. Bush Addresses Joint ...

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Until now, former president George W. Bush, has never discussed on camera what he was thinking and feeling, and what drove his real-time, life-or-death decisions in the first minutes, hours and days after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

But first some raw reporting from that fateful day in our nation from the „New York Times” newspaper on Sept. 11,2001 –

In what appeared to be parallel attacks on quintessential symbols of American financial and military power, hijackers flew jetliners into both towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan and, less than an hour later, into the Pentagon, outside Washington.

The 110-story towers at the World Trade Center soon collapsed in a horrific storm of flying glass and rubble. The largest of several smaller buildings in the World Trade Center complex, a 47-story structure that had been set ablaze by debris in the morning, gave way in late afternoon.

One wall of the Pentagon – the fortress-like headquarters of the Defense Department across the Potomac River from Washington that was built at the beginning of World War II – also tumbled to the ground.

President Bush said tonight that thousands of people had died in the attacks.

Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani said at around 10:30 p.m. that outside of the airplane passenger deaths, there were six confirmed fatalities in New York, „and tragically there are going to be a lot more than that, but that’s what we know of at this point.” In all, 266 people perished in the four planes that were hijacked, including one that went down in Pennsylvania, with its apparently intended target being Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland.

President Bush, in a televised address to the nation this evening, denounced those responsible for the attack and promised swift and harsh justice. He also pledged the nation’s aid to the victims.

„Today our nation saw evil, the very worst of human nature, and we responded with the best of America,” President Bush said.

„The search is under way for those who are behind these evil acts,” he added. „We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.”

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