7 Newly-released photographs of Bush and Cheney after 9/11 attacks

July 25, 2015 11:32 pm

 President George W Bush stands with his
hands in his pockets as vice-president Dick Cheney and Secretary of
State Condaleeza Rice have a discussion in one of the newly-released
photos. Photo / National Archives

Newly-released photographs taken in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks
by then vice-president Dick Cheney’s staff photographer show shock and
horror written on the faces of Mr Cheney, president George W Bush and
national security advisor Condoleezza Rice.

Vice-president Dick Cheney sits with his foot up on the desk as he watches the unfolding situation on TV (US National Archives)
Vice-president Dick Cheney sits with his foot up on the desk as he watches the unfolding situation on TV (US National Archives)
The photographs were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by a documentary film-maker.

Vice President Cheney in the President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)
Vice President Cheney in the President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)
The images show Mr Cheney watching footage of the World
Trade Centre attack in his office. In one of the most remarkable
pictures, he is sitting with his feet up, watching the coverage.
Other
photos show Mr Cheney, Mr Bush and other senior staffers, looking
visibly tense and worried, meeting in the President’s Emergency
Operations Centre, a secure bunker deep underneath the White House.

In one of the shots, Ms Rice has her lips pursed, a grim expression on her face.
In
another, Mr Cheney sits with his arms crossed at the table, staring
into space and frowning. He is also captured talking on the phone.
They also show the vice president and his wife as they flew by helicoper that night to Camp David after the attacks.

President Bush with Vice President Cheney in the President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)
President Bush with Vice President Cheney in the President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)

Vice President Cheney with National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice in the President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)
Vice President Cheney with National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice in the President’s Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)

Vice President Cheney with National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby in the PEOC
Vice President Cheney with National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and Chief of Staff I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby in the PEOC

Vice President Cheney and Lynne Cheney aboard Marine Two
Vice President Cheney and Lynne Cheney aboard Marine Two

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