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And welcome to this special edition of the Tom Sullivan show remembering that 9/11.
Ten years ago terrorist who hated our freedom -- this country.
They used airplanes as missiles and flew them into the World Trade Center the Pentagon.
And a field in Pennsylvania.
Close to 3000 people were killed in the attacks.
We all remember where we were that day.
My first guest Karl Rove senior advisor to the George W.
He was right there with the president on 9/11 when the country was hit with the worked attack on American soil in US history.
Karl Rove so many people have seen the tape of Andy card were leading in in in whispering to the president at that school in Florida.
But He wasn't the first one.
To tell the president that there was something going on at the World Trade Center in New York it was you.
You explain what happened and and how that whole thing start.
Well we're standing outside Emma Booker elementary school in at about 848 as the president was making his way down any receiving line of teachers and administrators.
My cell phone rang and it was my assistant Susan Ralston and west wing of the White House.
And she reported that a plane and flown into the World Trade Center they didn't know where there was -- or.
-- private or commercial.
And I actually get more information and she rang off I want over and told the president as He was shaking hands.
-- looked at -- sort of politically and sort of indicated to give more information.
Couple minutes later Condi Rice called with the same sketchy information and shortly -- after the president went into the elementary school and into the reading demonstration.
That He was observing when the second plane flew into the world trade.
Lot of people talk about the fact that the president sat there.
While the children finished up their program.
Looking back on it it -- the president talked about.
Was that the right thing to do was what was He thinking what were you doing what was his staff doing during that period of time.
-- wherever president goes there's a thing called a staff hold -- room you very nearby wherever the president is appearing or wherever he's made.
In the staff holders where other special telephones.
Installed that the president can use to have secure communications with -- anybody anywhere in the world -- where the military -- with the nuclear football the -- -- -- launch codes awaits its where the surgeon and the operating nurse are ready to go through to.
The -- to the president -- shot or injured or falls ill.
I and that's where the senior staff to the president also lines.
And that's where I was -- day normally there's a television set and that morning for whatever reason there was no television said in the staff hold so I spent the opening moments of the war on terror.
Running up and down the hallways -- this elementary school until I could find a classroom that was unlocked.
With a television set in the and I unplug -- from the wall and rolled it on this very tall.
Carousel down the hallway you know so the rug rats can get to the televisions that I would I ran down the hallway.
Role -- into the staff -- plugged in in the wall and that's surely thereafter when we saw the footage in the second plan go in the World Trade Center.
It in a -- and went in and told the -- go head.
-- then went and told the president and that's where the famous photograph is of any whispering in the presence here.
And He had to make a decision tree stand up.
It and -- the reading demonstration was rolling to a close should be staying up immediately and leave the room.
Or should He wait and let there and reading demonstration come to a conclusion a lot of cameras a lot of people.
He made a decision that He would wait until it was over many excused himself a -- room.
And I remember what happened next.
Another for a long time and so I can read his moods but this day He was pre naturally com.
And there is a lot of anxiety and in the staff told -- we had that the military is National Security Council staff senior aides to president.
And things were you know there's a little bit of anxiety but when He came in the -- He was -- naturally home and said in a very.
Soft voice but with a -- steel and He said we're award given the -- -- -- the FBI and the vice president.
And people jumped on the phones we couldn't get the vice president because this was the moment which is being.
Literally pulled by two Secret Service agents out of his chair and carried down a hallway of the White House to security in the president's.
Emergency operating center -- What -- the South Lawn of the White House forty.
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