One White House Correspondent’s Inside Account Of September 11

One White House Correspondent’s Inside Account Of September 11


On Sept. 11, 2001, I slept in — all the way until 7 a.m.

I had been covering the White House as a correspondent for The Washington Times for just nine months, and the schedule was grueling. President George W. Bush kept a busy daily schedule, but on this day, my partner on the beat was covering W.’s trip to Florida.

Bush had spent the night at the Colony Resort on Longboat Key and on Sept. 11, a Tuesday, Bush was set to do one of the boring things presidents sometimes do: Visit a classroom in nearby Sarasota and read to school children.

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So my day was sure to be a piece of cake. I’d head to the White House, where we had a workspace, and collect some thread for a think piece examining trends and blah blah blah. In reality, I’d take it easy, chat up some key sources, maybe take one to lunch at the Hay Adams.

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