Newly released photos show Cheney, Bush in tense moments after 9/11 attacks

Photos taken on Sept. 11, 2001 show President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney in the aftermath of the terror attacks on the World Trade Center, which killed nearly 3,000 people.

Smoke rises from the towers of the World Trade Center on a television in Vice President Dick Cheney's office as he watches coverage of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. 

Newly-released photos show Cheney, President Bush and other members of the administration reacting on the day of the attacks. The photos were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request and were taken by Cheney's staff photographer.

Vice President Cheney talks with advisers I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby and Mary Matalin in his office. Coverage of the attacks appears on the television at right.

Two planes struck the twin towers and other planes hit the Pentagon and crashed in Pennsylvania. The attacks killed nearly 3,000 people.

Vice President Dick Cheney talks with his wife Lynne Cheney aboard Marine Two in the hours following the attacks.
President George W. Bush talks with Cheney, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card at the President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) on Sept. 11, 2001.

The following photos are all from the PEOC where President Bush met with his National Security Council in the aftermath of the attacks.

The President's Emergency Operations Center is six stories beneath the East Wing of the White House. It is built to withstand a nuclear attack.
Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice meet with other staff members at the operations center.
President Bush talks with Vice President Cheney.
Cheney talks on the phone as Rice and Lewis "Scooter" Libby look on.
Secretary of State Colin Powell.
President Bush talks with Vice President Cheney.

 

Counselor to the President Karen Hughes looks on at left.
Vice President Dick Cheney.
First lady Laura Bush, center, and the vice president's wife Lynne Cheney on the evening of the attacks.

Click here to see the full release of the photos on Flickr.