Stunning Photos Show Life Inside the White House During the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

These never-before-seen photographs of former President Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney and their staff on 9/11 (Sep 11, 2001) show the shock, horror and gravity of the terrorist attacks from inside the White House’s secure bunker, President’s Emergency Operations Center commonly known as PEOC.

On Friday, The National Archives finally released a trove of photographs of former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney in the aftermath of the Sep 11, 2001 (9/11) terrorist attacks on World Trade Center and Pentagon. These images were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, showing a very tired, stressed, and devastated morale amongst the top officials in the George W. Bush administration.

The photographs were taken by Dick Cheney’s staff photographer, captured the dreadful terrorist attack from a perspective that has never been seen before. These photographs depict the Bush administration responding to the tragedy. Most of the photos are taken from inside the PEOC, including images of Bush’s staff watching the president address the nation following the attacks.

Vice President Cheney and Lynne Cheney Aboard Marine Two.

9 11 terrorist attacks from PEOC


Vice President Cheney and Lynne Cheney Arrive at Camp David.

Sep 11 terrorist attacks from PEOC


Rewatch CNN’s live coverage of the morning as it happened.

September 911 terrorist attacks from PEOC


Vice President Cheney talks with Chief of Staff I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby as the World Trade Center burns on TV.

9 11 terrorist attacks from PEOC


Vice President Cheney talks with Chief of Staff I. Lewis Libby and Mary Matalin.

Sep 11 terrorist attacks from PEOC


Chaney watching President Bush addressing the nation from Emma E. Booker elementary school.

September 911 terrorist attacks from PEOC


First lady Laura Bush joined the Dick and Lynn Cheney as secure communications were established for the basement room.

9 11 terrorist attacks from PEOC


Cheney made a series of calls from the President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC). With Condoleezza Rice.

Sep 11 terrorist attacks from PEOC


National security adviser Condoleezza Rice joined Cheney in the President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC).

September 911 terrorist attacks from PEOC


Those in the room that day say the attacks had a profound effect on Cheney and shaped his entire time in office.

9 11 terrorist attacks from PEOC


The Vice President’s top lawyer, David Addington (kneeling), conferred with Cheney. Addington would begin to secure the legal authority to respond to the attacks.

Sep 11 terrorist attacks from PEOC


Cheney confers with President Bush after his plane was diverted to Louisiana and Nebraska.

September 911 terrorist attacks from PEOC


Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice in the President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC).

9 11 terrorist attacks from PEOC


Prior to addressing the nation, Bush is briefed by Chief of Staff Andrew Card, Cheney and Rice.

Sep 11 terrorist attacks from PEOC


Final discussion between President Bush, Vice President Cheney and senior staff in the President’s Emergency Operations Center.

September 911 terrorist attacks from PEOC


Tenet and FBI Director Robert Mueller watch as President Bush promised the nation that the government would go after “The terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.”.

9 11 terrorist attacks from PEOC


Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet watches President Bush’s 8:30 P.M. address from the President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC).

Sep 11 terrorist attacks from PEOC


Vice President Cheney and Condoleezza Rice with Senior Staff in the President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC).

September 911 terrorist attacks from PEOC


Cheney with Senior Staff in the President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC).

9 11 terrorist attacks from PEOC


Vice President Cheney and Lynne Cheney Depart the White House security for an “Undisclosed Location.”.

Sep 11 terrorist attacks from PEOC


Marine Two takes off with the Cheneys.

September 911 terrorist attacks from PEOC


You can watch the full gallery of photos from the National Archives is available on Flickr.

Source: US National Archives

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