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9:45 a.m. … 9/11: White House evacuated

The Twin Towers had been attacked by airplanes an hour earlier … Pan Am Flight 77 had flown into the Pentagon … and now United Flight 93 was being followed on radar flying toward Washington, D.C. No one was aware of the struggle going on inside that aircraft as passengers, aware of terrorism attacks earlier that morning, vowed to storm the cockpit and avoid whatever disaster the terrorist pilots had in mind.

The White House was evacuated at 9:45. Employees were urgently directed by Secret Service to leave the building and, as the evacuation was under way, it was stepped up as shouts told them to get away from the White House and Old Executive Office Building as fast as they could. Women took off their shoes and ran in their stocking feet out the White House grounds and onto the street and down the sidewalk. One of them was my sister.

Flight 93 would go down at 10:06 a.m. taking the brave souls with it who prevented further national tragedy. LynnRMitchell.com remembers … may we never forget the herorism of those on Flight 93.

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Easter Egg Roll at the White House 2002

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Easter 2002 White HouseEaster 2002 … the White House Egg Roll hosted by President George W. Bush and First lady Laura Bush. One of my sisters worked in the President’s administration so my mother, other sister, the two six-year-old nieces, my 14-year-old daughter were guests for an extraordinary day, the first Egg Roll after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Security was tight but there was a light-hearted atmosphere as children raced around the lawn, and special attractions invited by the White House entertained including animal specialist Jack Hanna. Commemorative wooden pastel-colored Easter eggs inscribed with the event and date were given to all.

Since 1878, every U.S. President has hosted this family friendly tradition. It was a special day that we have not forgotten….

Photo courtesy of George W. Bush Presidential Library

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Thanksgiving 2003: President Bush pardons Stars & Stripes

George W. Bush 48 ThanksgivingBy Lynn R. Mitchell

From the George W. Bush Presidential Library: President George W. Bush pardons the Thanksgiving turkey during a Rose Garden ceremony Monday, Nov. 24, 2003:

“I appreciate you joining me to give this turkey a presidential pardon,” said the President in his remarks. “Stars is a very special bird with a very special name. This year, for the first time, thousands of people voted on the White House website to name the national turkey, and the alternate turkey. Stars and Stripes beat out Pumpkin and Cranberry. And it was a neck-to-neck race.”

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8:30 p.m. … 9/11: President Bush addresses the nation

President George W. Bush addressed the Nation from the Oval Office. Excerpts of his remarks from the video:

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9:45 a.m. … 9/11: White House evacuated

The Twin Towers had been attacked by airplanes an hour earlier … Pan Am Flight 77 had flown into the Pentagon … and now United Flight 93 was being followed on radar flying toward Washington, D.C. No one was aware of the struggle going on inside that aircraft as passengers, aware of terrorism attacks earlier that morning, vowed to storm the cockpit and avoid whatever disaster the terrorist pilots had in mind.

The White House was evacuated at 9:45. Employees were urgently directed by Secret Service to leave the building and, as the evacuation was under way, it was stepped up as shouts told them to get away from the White House and Old Executive Office Building as fast as they could. Women took off their shoes and ran in their stocking feet out the White House grounds and onto the street and down the sidewalk. One of them was my sister.

Flight 93 would go down at 10:06 a.m. taking the brave souls with it who prevented further national tragedy. May we never forget the herorism of those on Flight 93.

LynnRMitchell.com remembers … may we never forget.

Cross-posted at SWAC Girl

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Reagan press secretary James Brady dies at 73

By Lynn R. Mitchell

James Brady was with President Ronald Reagan that fateful day in 1981 when he was shot and seriously injured during the assassination attempt on the President. Never fully recovering from his injuries, Brady was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

James Brady, 73, died today (see James Brady, White House press secretary under Reagan, dies).

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