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About that time nine years ago a lot of us found out how do you think the president of the United States.
Found out he was visiting.
A classroom in Florida.
He was with his chief of staff but it wasn't physically with -- at the -- the chief of staff had to come up his boss and tell -- something.
Tell him something big that we had been attacked.
You see the image but it is now one for the history books I think you know the guy on the right.
The fellow who whispered in his here on the left Andrew Card his chief of staff.
Had the most.
I think gut wrenching.
Whisper of all -- Well -- the president before watching the classroom.
Knew that there had been some kind of a plane crash in New York City and in fact we were told it looked like it was a small twin engine prop plane so that's all you knew at the time.
That's all -- president when he walked into the room.
And -- the door shut after he entered the room I was told that -- first of all was audit twin engine prop plane was commercial jetliner.
And that I was told in the second conversation that is not the plane the other tower at the World Trade Center and I -- at the door and new the president had to know.
And I don't Wear it wherever you we're -- the president was in the class were very young elementary school students -- -- Press pool with the back of the room he was with the teacher in front of the classroom.
And I was stating in a holding room right outside the classroom.
So I opened the door and walked in.
The president and the teacher was speaking in the students were reacting what did you say at this moment what -- -- that I said.
A second plane.
Hit the second power.
That's that America is under attack that's all it said.
I'm looking at him.
He's their facing these kids.
He's received enormous criticism -- That he should have just gotten out.
Left that room.
He didn't he did exactly the right thing first of all he did nothing to introduce fear to those very young kids.
He did nothing to demonstrate fear that the media you would -- picked up and used to the satisfaction of our enemy.
I thought that he was contemplated he.
-- I think reflected on the job he has as president which was to preserve protect and defend.
And I was glad also that he stayed here.
It'll allow cities and -- guessing about six and a half seven minutes and then -- and that he came into the holding room.
And that could have time was actually very important is allowed.
But just sticks to be put in place that we could have the phone lines open to the FBI -- OK so it goes into the holding room and they and then what happened.
-- while he wanted to talk to the FBI direct knows are under attack he knows were under attack he was cool calm and collected he was what -- a series -- first season.
Get the FBI director on the phone.
And anyone to make to the lines of communication are open to the vice president.
We were tracking down the secretary of defense -- you want to talk to the folks back at the White House that were involved in helping to advise him on national security.
And -- he was very very shortly.
I had already instructed the crew for me it was one to get back on the plane getting -- and really go guys count as a has been confusion as to -- he went well.
First thing we did was the president went out and addressed -- an audience of about a thousand people in the gymnasium.
You plan to give a speech on education that day but it's never change everything he said he was gonna have to leave you -- -- secretary everyone -- -- that.
Well they didn't know many details but they knew that the America had been attacked by -- plane or to.
And then the president cut in the limousine and we drove -- -- was one very very quickly it.
If that both that moment the Pentagon was being hit the president was on the phone in the car is we're approaching it was one.
These engines had already started on the plane before you start to run up the the gangplank to get on the plane.
He took his seat on the plane and we took off flew would have very very high altitude and a serpentine way in theory waiting for.
Fighting just -- kept up to us and decide way to go in for -- -- -- and actually -- -- to go right -- -- trying to find out -- safe location -- -- working with the military aides to the president -- the pilot of Air Force One colonel Tillman that identified our options the president wanted to go back to Washington this.
Governor -- I knew there were other planes up there are feared there were.
From the White House to be its art kind in fact there was some misinformation we thought it was one might might be a target.
So we were anxious to get the president up into.
Safe place in the sky -- communications were relatively good.
And then we search for a place to go wind up going to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana and another.
And when we Leander did the president recorded some remarks to the American people and -- to go via phone with some of the advice is back in Washington.
And then with a smaller contingent of people and it was when we took off and flew to Omaha Nebraska to the stress -- center.
And -- done to a bunker deep underground -- the president had a video conferences to review conference with his national security team.
In the whole time he was anxious to get back to Washington DC we made it back he record -- Spoke to the American people from the Oval Office and it was a day that changed all of us and it's time for -- remember that day it's it is time for us to reflect on that day is time for us respect those.
-- oblivious to this one more urban legend question one.
-- added that since you didn't know how many commercial planes were still out there.
That the order went -- If if one is heading toward a target shoot it out.
Well I was sitting across from the president in his office on airforce one when he was asked if you would authorize.
-- our military pilots to shoot down a commercial jetliner and he gave the authorization.
But after he hung up the phone and it was pretty remarkable if you looked at me he said.
I was an Air National Guard pilot I would have been one of those people receiving an authorization I can imagine what it would be like.
Andy card thank you very much and.
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