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New Photos Show President Bush's Initial Response to 9/11 Attacks

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on Friday released new photos of the president responding to the 9/11 attacks.

President George W. Bush was visiting Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Fla., when he heard about the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on Friday released a new collection of photos of the president responding to the 9/11 attacks. The president's personal photographer, Eric Draper, captured these up close and personal moments throughout the day. The photos were released after a Freedom of Information Act request by PBS' "FRONTLINE".

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Press Secretary Ari Fleischer and President Bush prepared to address the nation from a classroom at the elementary school. Eric Draper / George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
President Bush watched television coverage of the attacks from his office aboard Air Force One as he was flown to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. Eric Draper / George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

President Bush talks on the phone in a conference room at Barksdale Air Force Base.

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President Bush and his senior adviser Karl Rove at Barksdale Air Force Base. Eric Draper / George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
President Bush and White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card at Barksdale Air Force Base. Eric Draper / George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
Lt. Col. Cindy Wright of the White House Military Office consoled president Bush aboard Air Force One. Eric Draper / George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

First Lady Laura Bush, Vice President Cheney and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice were with President Bush at the White House Presidential Emergency Operations Center under the East Wing.

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President Bush goes over his speech before addressing the nation from the Oval Office. Eric Draper / George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

The president addressed the nation from the White House at 8:30 p.m. ET, Sept. 11, 2001.

Eric Draper / George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

"Our way of life, our very freedom came under attack," read the teleprompter during the president's address to the nation.

Eric Draper / George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
President Bush held a national security meeting with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card and others immediately following the speech. Eric Draper / George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum