On the day of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, president George W. Bush was attending a demonstration at an elementary school in Sarasota, Florida. Images of him being informed of what had happened, quickly became part of the collective memory.

However, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum now have released a series of 60 new pictures, which should provide viewers with new insight on “the President’s leadership during that terrible time in our nation’s history,” happening mostly behind closed doors between Sept. 11 and Oct. 30, 2001.

Here’s a selection.

President George W. Bush participates in a reading demonstration the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, at the Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida.
© Eric Draper, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library

The president watches news footage of Flight 175 hitting the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
© Eric Draper, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library

Bush delivers his first public remarks on the attacks from the elementary school.
© Eric Draper, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library

Aboard Air Force One, the president talks on the telephone, as senior White House staff huddle.
© Eric Draper, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library

An F-16 escorts Air Force One from Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska to Andrews Air Force Base.
© Eric Draper, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library

Working with his senior staff, President George W. Bush goes over the speech that he will deliver to the nation the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, from the Oval Office. Pictured with the President from left to right are: White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales, Counselor Karen Hughes, National Security Advisor Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Press Secretary Ari Fleischer and Chief of Staff Andy Card. Photo by Paul Morse, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library

President Bush gathers his senior staff in the Private Dining Room after returning to the White House. Atendees 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.
© Eric Draper, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library

At a meeting in the Cabinet Room on September 12, President Bush outlines the new course for his administration, joined by (from 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.
© Eric Draper, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library

Led in prayer by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, right, President George W. Bush joins his Cabinet as they bow their heads on September 14, before their meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House.
© Eric Draper, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library

The president tours the World Trade Center disaster site aboard Marine One on, September 14, joined by New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, left, and New York Governor George Pataki.
© Eric Draper, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library

President Bush, at Camp David, meets with Chief of Staff Andy Card, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and CIA Director George Tenet September 29 to discuss America’s response to terrorism.
© Eric Draper, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library

The president walks through Cross Hall to the East Room of the White House to give a press conference on October 11.
© Eric Draper, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library

The president holds a baseball on October 30, 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.
© Eric Draper, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library

  • Zakk Gardner

    Bush was allowed to
    remain amongst the children that morning – at a previously publicized
    event – endangering the lives of everyone in the vicinity. The fact that
    a hijacked jet could have come crashing through the roof at any time didn’t seem to matter to anyone in charge that morning. Apparently his Secret Service detail forgot their protocol handbooks. The ensuing media silence about this inconvenient reality has been deafening… nobody gives a rat’s behind.