The New York Times has obtained a selection of emails sent inside the White House during 9/11
The Bush library has released White House emails sent on Sept. 11, 2001. The New York Times received the emails after filing an open-records request. Although they did not release all the emails (citing national security as a reason), the emails still give you an inside look at the atmosphere inside the White House during the terrorist attacks.
8:56 a.m. “Turn on CNN.”— Tucker Eskew, director of the White House media affairs office, emails three colleagues.
9:09 a.m. “9:30 Budget Meeting Cancelled.”— Tracey Schmitt, a White House aide, notifies various colleagues.
9:20 a.m. “Today is Pearl Harbor.”— Mary Matalin, the counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney, receives this from David Horowitz, a conservative writer.
9:23 a.m. “Strength to You.”— Joshua B. Bolten, a deputy chief of staff, receives this from Dan Price, a colleague.
12:13 p.m. “Are you safe? Hard to fathom what’s going on today. Hope you and [sic] safe and sound.”— Clay Johnson, the president’s longtime friend and now White House aide, receives this from his sister, Ellen.
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