| Bush Planned Pentagon Visit for Afternoon of 9/11A strange fact has come to my attention. Bush planned to visit the Pentagon on the afternoon of September 11, 2001 after returning from Florida.
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|From "Attack on the Pengagon: The initial fire & EMS response"|
By Michael J. Ward
The morning of September 11, Fort Myer (VA) fire department firefighters Allan Wallace, Mark Skipper and Dennis Young were staffing Foam 161 at the Pentagon heliport in preparation for a scheduled afternoon visit from the president. Wallace had just moved the 2000 Emergency-One Titan 4x4 foam unit (Foam 161) out of the garage and positioned it to face the heliport.
This is the only mention, including Pentagon press releases, that I can find regarding Bush’s planned visit either before September 11 or afterwards.
The ARLINGTON COUNTY: After-Action Report on the Response to the September 11 Terrorist Attack on the Pentagon
makes no mention of this. This After-Action Report is the primary document concerning the fire and rescue operations at the Pentagon.http://tinyurl.com/5gpgk
|At 9:38 a.m. on September 11, only one fire crew, Foam 161 of the Fort Myer Fire Department, knew the exact location of the crash site. Captain Dennis Gilroy and his team were already on station at the Pentagon when Flight #77 slammed into it, just beyond the heliport. Foam 161 caught fire and suffered a flat tire from flying debris. Firefighters Mark Skipper and Alan Wallace were outside the vehicle at impact and received burns and lacerations. Recovering from the initial shock, they began helping victims climb out of the Pentagon’s first floor windows. Captain Gilroy called the Fort Myer Fire Department, reporting for the first time the actual location of the crash. |From the White House Press Briefing by Ari Fleischer on Friday, September 7, 2001http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/20...907-1.html#week
| Question: Ari, can you tell us about -- preview education week for us?|
MR. FLEISCHER: Yes, let me get you the week ahead.
Specifically -- and now let me give you the entire events for the week -- the President on Sunday will participate in a coin toss to kick off the NFL season. That will take place in the Rose Garden on Sunday afternoon (9 September).
On Monday (10 September), the President will go to the Navy Yard with the Prime Minister of Australia for an event and he'll have a working lunch and a meeting with the Prime Minister in the White House. In the afternoon on Monday, the President will continue his focus on reading and education when he travels to Jacksonville, Florida, and then on to Sarasota, Florida.
He'll return to the White House on Tuesday afternoon (11 September), where he will host, in the evening, the Congressional Barbecue on the South Lawn.
Ari Fleischer did not mention a Tuesday afternoon meeting at the Pentagon. We cannot make any conclusion about the lack of statement.
Normal procedure is for the President to travel by helicopter (Marine One) to and from the Pentagon. As stated in the article above, the fire truck Foam 161 is on regular duty at the Pentagon.
Is this a cover story for Bush that never made it into the press?
That he was supposed to be at the Pentagon the same day?