President George W. Bush shakes hands with Supreme Court Justice Nominee John Roberts after his remarks on the State Floor of the White House, July 19, 2005. (P071905ED-0841)
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September 11, 2001

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This gallery consists of 60 photographs taken from September 11, 2001, when President George W. Bush participated in a reading demonstration at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida, through October 30, 2001 when the President threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Yankee Stadium before Game Three of the World Series. These photos focus on the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the President's leadership during that terrible time in our nation's history.
  • President George W. Bush participates in a reading demonstration the morning of September 11, 2001, at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7060-19A)

  • Director of Communications Dan Bartlett points to news footage of the World Trade Center Towers burning, September 11, 2001, as President George W. Bush gathers information about the attack from Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7058-20A)

  • President George W. Bush watches news footage from Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida, of Flight 175 hitting the South Tower of the World Trade Center, September 11, 2001.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7058-21A)

  • Smoke rises from the site of the World Trade Center, September 11, 2001.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7127-23)

  • President George W. Bush delivers remarks from Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida at 9:30 a.m., September 11, 2001, following terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7058-31A)

  • President George W. Bush talks on the telephone with Vice President Dick Cheney and others, September 11, 2001, during the flight from Sarasota, Florida to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7071-29)

  • President George W. Bush watches television coverage of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, September 11, 2001, from his office on Air Force One.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7067-19)

  • President George W. Bush confers with White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, September 11, 2001, in the President's bedroom aboard Air Force One.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7067-32)

  • President George W. Bush speaks with White House Chief of Staff Andy Card, September 11, 2001, aboard Air Force One.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7070-13)

  • President George W. Bush talks on the telephone, September 11, 2001, as senior staff huddle aboard Air Force One.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7079-10)

  • President George W. Bush delivers remarks on the terrorist attacks, September 11, 2001, from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, before departing for Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. Said the President, "Make no mistake: The United States will hunt down and punish those responsible for these cowardly acts."

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7078-04...

  • President George W. Bush, White House Chief of Staff Andy Card (left) and Admiral Richard Mies conduct a video teleconference, September 11, 2001, at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7093-16)

  • President George W. Bush speaks with Karl Rove (center) and Ari Fleischer, September 11, 2001, aboard Air Force One during the flight from Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska to Andrews Air Force Base.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7098-06)

  • After departing Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, President George W. Bush confers with Vice President Dick Cheney from Air Force One, September 11, 2001, during the flight to Andrews Air Force Base.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7091-18)

  • An F-16 escorts Air Force One, September 11, 2001, from Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska to Andrews Air Force Base.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7099-18)

  • Counselor Karen Hughes and Counsel Alberto Gonzales wait on the Colonnade for President George W. Bush to arrive at the White House, September 11, 2001.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7111-04a)

  • Counselor Karen Hughes and Counsel Alberto Gonzales follow President George W. Bush into the Oval Office, September 11, 2001.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7110-08)

  • President Bush immediately gathers senior staff in the Private Dining Room after returning to the White House.  Meeting with the President from left are: Counsel Alberto Gonzales; Counselor Karen Hughes; National Security Advisor Dr. Condoleezza Rice; Press Secretary Ari Fleischer; and Chief of Staff Andy Card.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7111-27a...

  • After returning to the White House, President Bush meets with, from left: Vice President Dick Cheney; Chief of Staff Andy Card; National Security Advisor Dr. Condoleezza Rice, and United States Secret Service Assistant Director Carl Truscott, in the Presidential Emergency Operations Center of the White House.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7152-18)

  • President George W. Bush reviews his statement with Karen Hughes, Counselor to the President, September 11, 2001, before addressing the nation from the Oval Office.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7132-04)

  • President George W. Bush addresses the nation from the Oval Office the evening of September 11, 2001.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7132-14)

  • Accompanied by Secretary of State Colin Powell (far left), Vice President Dick Cheney and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Hugh Shelton (far right), President George W. Bush talks with the media, September 12, 2001, about the previous day's terrorist attacks during a Cabinet meeting at the White House.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7186-...

  • At a meeting in the Cabinet Room on September 12, 2001, President Bush outlines the new course for his administration. Seated left to right: Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell, President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Hugh Shelton.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Library and Museum. (P7171-16a)
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  • President George W. Bush looks over a briefing paper with Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Advisor Dr. Condoleezza Rice, September 12, 2001, outside the Oval Office.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7176-33)

  • President George W. Bush greets rescue workers, firefighters and military personnel, September 12, 2001, while surveying damage caused by the previous day's terrorist attacks on the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7234-21)

  • Echoing the actions of the soldiers who raised the flag in victory at Iwo Jima during World War II, firefighters post the American flag directly into the scarred stone of the Pentagon, September 12, 2001, in Arlington, Virginia.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7244-22)

  • As inspiration for fellow rescue workers searching through debris, firefighters unfurl a large American flag over the scarred stone of the Pentagon, September 12, 2001, in Arlington, Virginia, one day after terrorist attacks on the country.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7244-27)

  • Pledging support for New York, President George Bush talks with Governor George Pataki and New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, September 13, 2001, in a televised telephone conversation from the Oval Office. "Mr. President, you would be proud of the leadership and the cooperation we've seen here," said the governor.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P726...

  • Tapping on the desk hewn from the timbers of the H.M.S. Resolute, President George W. Bush makes the stand in the Oval Office, September 13, 2001, "Make no mistake about it, my resolve is steady and strong about winning this war that has been declared on America."

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7280-23)

  • The American flag flies at half-staff over the White House at sunrise, September 14, 2001, as counter assault team (CAT) members are posted on the roof.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7318-23)

  • Led in prayer by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, right, President George W. Bush joins his Cabinet as they bow their heads, September 14, 2001, before beginning their meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7323-09a)

  • During the newly proclaimed National Day of Prayer and Remembrance, President George W. Bush addresses the congregation and the nation, September 14, 2001, at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7347-15)

  • President George W. Bush grasps the hand of his father, former President George H. W. Bush, September 14, 2001, after speaking at the service for America's National Day of Prayer and Remembrance at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7338-30)

  • President George W. Bush surveys the damage to the Pentagon from the presidential helicopter, Marine One, September 14, 2001, as he travels to New York City.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7356-13)

  • President George W. Bush tours the World Trade Center disaster site aboard Marine One, September 14, 2001, with New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, left, and New York Governor George Pataki.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P8950-19)

  • President George W. Bush embraces a firefighter at the site of the World Trade Center, September 14, 2001, during his visit to New York City.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7371-06a)

  • Standing atop a crumpled fire truck with retired New York City fireman Bob Beckwith, President Bush rallies rescue workers, September 14, 2001, during an impromptu speech at Ground Zero saying, "I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you. And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon."

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P736...

  • Standing upon the ashes of the terrorist attacks upon the World Trade Center with retired firefighter Bob Beckwith from Ladder 117, President George W. Bush waves an American flag, September 14, 2001, after addressing recovery workers in New York City.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7376-22)

  • Rallying around President George W. Bush's visit to New York City, September 14 2001, rescue workers cheer and chant, "U.S.A, U.S.A."

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7377-06)

  • Two firefighters listen to President George W. Bush, September 14, 2001, during his visit to New York City and the site of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7377-13)

  • President George W. Bush consoles families of victims of the World Trade Center disaster during a visit to New York City, September 14, 2001.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7384-09)

  • President George W. Bush consoles a family, September 14, 2001, during his trip to New York City.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7385-12)

  • President George W. Bush talks with Arlene Howard on September 14, 2001, as he greets family members of victims of the World Trade Center disaster in New York City. Howard presented the President with the police badge found on the body of her son, Port Authority Police Officer George Howard.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7385-16)

  • The World Trade Center rescue site seen from Marine One the evening of September 14, 2001.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7379-35)

  • In the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, President George W. Bush delivers remarks discouraging anti-Muslim sentiment, September 17, 2001, at the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7454-11)

  • President George W. Bush talks with community leaders, September 17, 2001, after touring the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7455-10)

  • Mrs. Laura Bush greets firefighters and police, September 17, 2001, at a memorial service for victims of United Flight 93 at the Indian Lake Resort in Central City, Pennsylvania.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7475-05a)

  • President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are joined by White House staff members, September 18, 2001, as they observe a moment of silence on the White House South Lawn.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7492-06)

  • The President meets in the Situation Room on September 20, 2001, with FBI Dir. Mueller; Vice President's Chief of Staff Libby; CIA Dir. Tenet; Attorney Gen. Ashcroft; Sec. of Treasury O'Neill; Vice President Cheney; Sec. of State Powell; Sec. of Defense Rumsfeld; and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Shelton.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7588-2...

  • "...I will carry this," said President Bush during a joint session of Congress, September 20, 2001. "It is the police shield of a man named George Howard, who died at the World Trade Center trying to save others. ...This is my reminder of lives that ended, and a task that does not end."

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7616-14a)

  • Standing in the Oval Office, October 15, 2001, President Bush holds the badge of George Howard, a police officer killed in the September attacks. President Bush said during his address to Congress on September 20, "This is my reminder of lives that ended, and a task that does not end."

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P8576-12a)

  • Mrs. Bush, New York City Mayor Guiliani, and Pennsylvania Governor Ridge applaud Prime Minister Blair during President Bush's address to the joint session of Congress on September 20, 2001.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7632-15)
  • Staff members gathered on the South Lawn of the White House wave American flags, September 21, 2001, as President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush depart for Camp David aboard Marine One.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7680-23)

  • President George W. Bush meets with Chief of Staff Andy Card, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and CIA Director George Tenet to discuss America's response to terrorism, September 29, 2001, at Camp David in Thurmont, Maryland.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7939-03)

  • President George W. Bush holds up a small American flag, October 11, 2001, during the Department of Defense Service of Remembrance for those who lost their lives at the Pentagon on September 11th in Arlington, Virginia.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P8416-16)

  • President George W. Bush walks through Cross Hall to the East Room of the White House to give a press conference, October 11, 2001.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P8468-08)

  • President George W. Bush talks with shortstop Derek Jeter, October 30, 2001, before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch in Game Three of the World Series between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York City.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P9153-19a)

  • President George W. Bush holds a baseball, October 30, 2001, as he approaches the playing field at Yankee Stadium to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for Game Three of the World Series in New York City.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P9151-15)

  • President George W. Bush gives a thumbs-up as he stands on the mound at Yankee Stadium, October 30, 2001, before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch in Game Three of the World Series between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Yankees.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P9154-07)

  • President George W. Bush throws out the ceremonial first pitch, October 30, 2001, at Yankee Stadium before Game Three of the World Series between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Yankees.

    Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P9154-14)