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'We're at war’: Newly released notes from 9/11

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>> I always took notes every single day I was on the job. The September 11th notes just have a different place in history.>> Former White House Press Secretary, Ari Fleischer, was on Air Force One with President Bush during the attacks of September 11th. Now, for the first time, he's releasing his handwritten notes in their entirety, detailing the President's response to the worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor.
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>> 9:45, the President boarded the airplane. He says to the Vice President, he's now on the phone with the Vice President, sounds like we have a minor war going on here. I heard about the Pentagon. And my notes reflect just minutes later, quote, we're at war, unquote. I kept his taken verbatim notes, quote, that's what we're paid for boys.
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We're going take care of this. And when we find out who did this, they're not going to like me as president. Somebody's going to pay.>> Fleischer adopted the role of presidential note taker as Air Force One lifted off from Florida after the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon were attacked by hijacked passenger jets.
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The notes, scribbled on a legal pad, provide a verbatim account of the shock, pain, and grim determination on that fateful day 15 years ago. The story that unfolds in Fleischer's writing begins with the raw emotions Bush and his aides experienced, the President already itching to retaliate.>> Being next to the Commander In Chief when he says, we're at war.
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And he says it to the Vice President, and he says it to the Secretary of Defense, and you know what America will be doing next as a result. That just sent a chill down my spine.>> There are six pages in all, the only verbatim text of what Bush said on Air Force One as he and his aides absorbed the news.