New Photos Show Bush's 9/11 Reaction
'I was documenting a nightmare,' photographer says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2016 3:12 AM CDT
Updated May 14, 2016 11:54 AM CDT
Bush addresses the nation.   (George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum)
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(Newser) – George W. Bush appears anguished but determined in newly released photos of his reaction to the 9/11 attacks. The photos, released under a Freedom of Information Act request, document the president's reaction throughout the day, from an elementary school in Sarasota, Fla., where he first heard about the attacks, to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, and back to the White House, PBS reports.

The pictures were taken by then-White House photographer Eric Draper, who says the day was just as emotional for Bush—and for him—as it was for other Americans. "I was documenting a nightmare," Draper tells KOB. "I used the camera to actually shield my tears." (Photos taken on 9/11 by Dick Cheney's staff photographer were released last year.)

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