BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – The former press secretary to George W. Bush took to Twitter Wednesday, providing a detailed account of his experience on Sept. 11, 2001.
Ari Fleischer, who was at Bush's side for the entirety of the horrific day, tweeted, "On this day especially, but on every day may God bless America" Wednesday morning. What followed was a spine-tingling memoir of his 9/11 experience.
When Fleischer became the White House press secretary, he was told to expect the worst and that is exactly what happened at about 8:46 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001.
Fleischer began the day with Pres. Bush at an elementary school in Florida, but they soon found themselves aboard Air Force One heading to one of the most secure places in the world, the U.S. Strategic Command Bunker in Nebraska.
Within minutes of learning of the attack, Pres. Bush asked that the First Lady and his daughter be protected, and according to Fleischer, he told his staff, "We're going to take care of this. When we find out who did this, they are not going to like me as President."
"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," wrote Fleischer.
"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…Prior to 9/11, there was no satellite TV aboard AF1. Stations would come in and out as we flew overhead."
He goes on to Tweet about various false reports that Secret Service agents were receiving.
"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."
"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…I learned years after 9/11 that AF1 Capt. Tillman ordered an armed AF Security man 2guard the stairs leading 2the cockpit."
"At 11:00, Bush gave authorization to put military on DefCon3. Last time US was on that level was the 1973 Yom Kippur war," said Fleischer.
He also remembered President Bush's sentiment that day.
"I can't wait to find out who did it. It's going to take a while and we're not going to have a little slap on the wrist crap," Fleischer recalled Bush saying.
Fleischer recalled the President telling the Secret Service that he wanted to go home because he didn't want "whoever this is holding me outside Washington…The American people want to know where their dang president is."
Fleischer served as Bush's press secretary from 2001 to 2004.
You can read Fleischer's entire account here: https://twitter.com/AriFleischer
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