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.
Vice President Cheney and Lynne Cheney Arrive at Camp David.
Rewatch CNN’s live coverage of the morning as it happened.
Vice President Cheney talks with Chief of Staff I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby as the World Trade Center burns on TV.
Vice President Cheney talks with Chief of Staff I. Lewis Libby and Mary Matalin.
Chaney watching President Bush addressing the nation from Emma E. Booker elementary school.
First lady Laura Bush joined the Dick and Lynn Cheney as secure communications were established for the basement room.
Cheney made a series of calls from the President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC). With Condoleezza Rice.
National security adviser Condoleezza Rice joined Cheney in the President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC).
Those in the room that day say the attacks had a profound effect on Cheney and shaped his entire time in office.
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.
Cheney confers with President Bush after his plane was diverted to Louisiana and Nebraska.
Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice in the President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC).
Prior to addressing the nation, Bush is briefed by Chief of Staff Andrew Card, Cheney and Rice.
Final discussion between President Bush, Vice President Cheney and senior staff in the President’s Emergency Operations Center.
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.”.
Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet watches President Bush’s 8:30 P.M. address from the President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC).
Vice President Cheney and Condoleezza Rice with Senior Staff in the President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC).
Cheney with Senior Staff in the President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC).
Vice President Cheney and Lynne Cheney Depart the White House security for an “Undisclosed Location.”.
Marine Two takes off with the Cheneys.
You can watch the full gallery of photos from the National Archives is available on Flickr.
Source: US National Archives