Notes on tragedy: Bush spokesman tweets 9/11 page
September 11th, 2013
11:38 AM ET
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Notes on tragedy: Bush spokesman tweets 9/11 page

Washington (CNN) – Ari Fleischer knows exactly where he was the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

The press secretary of former President George W. Bush gave the rest of us a glimpse on Twitter Wednesday, tweeting a page of his handwritten notes detailing the minutes of that morning.

"Here's a copy of one page from my 9/11 notes," the tweet reads. Fleischer read out portions of the notes to reporters in the days following the attacks.

In a tweet a few minutes later, Fleischer, now a CNN contributor, shows a photo of himself from 12 years ago, notebook in hand.

"I took notes throughout the day as the President and Andy Card worked the phones," Flesicher says in the tweet. Andrew Card was Bush's chief of staff at the time.

The page offers just a two-hour glimpse into the day, from the first notification of the attack to 10:20 a.m., when Fleischer notes that Bush had scrambled fighters and escorted a plane near Washington to land. "Authorized to shoot down," Fleischer writes.

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  1. Gurgyl

    Had USA been more oil independent, this would have been thwarted. GOP policy doomed this nation to ground zero.

    September 11, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Writes like a left hander.

    September 11, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. Donna

    The USA longs for the day of competent leadership like we had back then... Obama has turned the USA into a laughing stock around the globe. Nobody is even coming to help him in Syria. I guess they don't want to sign up to be led by a loser.

    September 11, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. Wake up People!

    What a tragic day....... I can remember that morning like it was yesterday. One of the staff of the radio station that I listen to was screaming in the background that a plane flew into the WTC. I still remember the sight of seeing so many people jumping to their deaths. Those are images I will never forget. My heart still goes out to all New Yorkers and those affected by this senseless act of terror. I also visited Ground Zero several years ago and I couldn't stop crying.

    RIP to all those who lost their lives......

    September 11, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    Were you able to decipher the note, Rudy? I can't read but a few words of it. Oh, I now see that the article has been updated as I type. Maybe there is a "what does this mean" follow up? Not that it really matters to me one way or another.

    September 11, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. sonny chapman

    No mention of"My Pet Goat" ? How about a note from Aug. 15,2001, "Prez @ Crawford, TX Ranch clearing brush & looking @ PDB entitled BIN LADEN INTENDS TO STRIKE IN AMERICA" & even mentions using hijacked planes ?

    September 11, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. Pam from Iowa

    So how many times was "lets invade Iraq for its oil and use this as an excuse" was written on those notes???????

    September 11, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Donna

    The USA longs for the day of competent leadership like we had back then... Obama has turned the USA into a laughing stock around the globe. Nobody is even coming to help him in Syria. . I guess they don't want to sign up to be led by a loser.
    ---------------
    You guess wrong. Our allies do not want to sign up to be led astray again by American intellilgence. Some folks around the world to look at the USA and shake their head or laugh. But, they're laughing at people like Mitt Romney, who made a fool of himself in London last summer. Their laughing at the clown car of GOP presidential candidates from the summer of 2011. "Oops." .

    September 11, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. Wake up People!

    Actually Donna, President Obama is very competent. Can't say the same about his predecessor.

    September 11, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    @Donna:

    Please speak for yourself. I am a part of the USA and not once have I ever "longed for competent leadership
    like we had back then....................". Your idea of competency is totally different from mine.

    @Wake Up:

    "RIP to all of those who lost their lives"........................Amen

    September 11, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Donna

    Wake up People!
    Actually Donna, President Obama is very competent. Can't say the same about his predecessor.
    -----–

    Please pay attention. I said competent LEADERSHIP, not competent teleprompter speech blathering. It is a sad day in American when the American President is being lead around by the nose of the Russian leader and that a wise crack joke made by our Secretary of State suddenly becomes our foreign policy. There's a clown car alright... and Obama, Kerry and the Democrats are in it.

    September 11, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. Oh Well

    You are 100% correct Donna. This country has been handed over to an incompetent loser by the uninformed. This country is weak because of Obama. Now Putin is going to Drag this out in Syria since it is in their best interest to keep Assad in power. Also, Russia announced today that it will start selling Iran $800 Million worth of S-300 surface to air missiles (sorry to scoop you on that CNN or maybe you didn’t want your lemmings to know that). I guess the American people should look at the skill set better the next time. A community organizer that never governed (including now) and has no negotiation skills. 3 more years? Really????

    September 11, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. anotherGDlefty

    Interesting perspective you have Donna, where was your hero on August 6, 2001?
    Are you just upset because the new guy keeps getting things done WITHOUT your help?

    September 11, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Donna

    The USA longs for the day of competent leadership like we had back then...
    -------------------------------------------------
    I thinkyou're longing for the good drugs that deluded you into thinking that we had good leadership back then.
    Good Lord woman, his own mother said we'd had enough Bushes in the WH, that's how bad her son screwed up.

    September 11, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. just me

    @Donna ... " competent leadership like we had back then.". Please tell me that's sarcasm. If it isn't, please get your meds dosages checked. And hurry!

    September 11, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. Roger

    Bush was a good president, unless you compare him to the current puppet in office. Then he would be considered a great president. Let's also not forget what happened a year ago today.

    September 11, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. Reality Check

    Honestly, this country was just disgraced on the World stage over launching missiles at another country by the most incompetent president ever to occupy the White House and someone brings up Mitt Romney's visit to the Olympic Games? You guys are really reaching to cover your president’s butt. Even the BBC admits that the Russians are letting the US know how this Syria thing is going to go down. Here boy.....fetch the stick.

    September 11, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. tom l

    @Rudy
    "Yellen has two major strikes against her passing the nomination process. One, she's a woman, and sure to fall victim to the right wing's war against women. Two, she'd be Obama's pick, and sure to fall victim to the right wing's obstructionism."

    Seriously? I won't even answer that question with regards to your silly "war against women" comment until you go look at President Bush's cabinet. His 2nd Attorney General was hispanic, his labor secretary was a woman, his first Sec of State was African American and his 2nd was an African American woman, his secretary of interior was a woman as was his secretary of agriculture. His 2nd secretaries of education and transportation were women. Shall I go on or do you get the point? There is no "war on women". It's a silly comment to come from a very reasonable person.

    September 11, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Hey Donna
    Thousands upon thousands show up to welcome your current President, Barack Hussein Obama, whenever he travels abroad.
    Meanwhile your boy Bush can't freely travel around the free world for fear of being put in handcuffs and hauled off to jail for war crimes.
    Then there was that one country where people threw shoes at him, the biggest show of disrespect they had over there short of actually setting his body on fire.

    September 11, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  20. annie

    Do we miss George Bush? Hell yes.
    He was not a wuss like this guy in the White House.
    Let's try this, no, lets do this .He is pathetic

    September 11, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    Anonymous
    @Donna:

    Please speak for yourself. I am a part of the USA and not once have I ever "longed for competent leadership
    like we had back then....................". Your idea of competency is totally different from mine.
    -----------------

    Well said, Anonymous.

    If you follow Donna long enough you'll understand h/she has a one track mind which is to say his/her only goal is to stir up anger.

    September 11, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. just saying

    it is scary and amzing that anybody believes obama is a leader of anything. he hasn't gotten un approval (bush did), he hasn't gotten congressional approval (bush did), he has no allies willing to help him (busg did), he hasn't gotten a majority of democrats to support him. this is the lefties idea of leadership??? no wonder the country is in the tank. if we have to set the leadershop bar any lower, we're going to have to break out the backhoe and dig a trench!

    September 11, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. Leading from Behind Putin

    Obama has perfected his leading from behind methodology. He let's others like Putin lead the way and then takes credit for their actions. How sad and pathetic is THAT?!

    Obama's Secretary of State John kerry openly dismissed and joked about what is now Obama's foreign policy in Syria, which is being driven by Putin. I can guarantee you Putin is not done making obama look like a fool. He is having way too much fun doing it. And everything Obama does or says only makes it that much easier.

    September 11, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  24. Tom

    @Lynda
    I find it odd that you would say that Donna's only goal with her posts is to stir up anger. Has it occurred to you that these are her opinions? Has it crossed your mind that posts from people like Sniffit and the rest of the liberals here could stir up anger on the other side?
    You tend to be level headed so I thought I would throw that out there since it appears that you are lacking perspective and only looking from your point of view.

    September 11, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  25. Tom

    Just what would have happened had John Kerry not made his blunder? Where would we be? Would we be firing missiles at Syria? How can't those on the left see that?

    September 11, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |