George W. Bush revisits September 11th terror attacks

To mark the tenth anniversary of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks National Geographic will air an exclusive interview with the former President of the United States, George W. Bush.


As America prepares to mark the passing of a decade since the fateful day that changed America and the world, this documentary, airing 6th September at 9pm, reveals an insight into the man at the epicenter of U.S government’s decisions in the face of the deadliest terrorist attack launched on American soil. Taped over the course of a two-day interview, George W. Bush opens up with candid details and personal experiences on the grueling hours and pressure-packed days following the attacks.  George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview also opens a new window into his personal account, with never-before-released archival footage and exclusive materials directly from the George W. Bush Presidential Library.

“Until now, the former president has never discussed on camera what he was thinking and feeling, and what drove his real-time, life-or-death decisions in the first minutes, hours and days after the attacks.  In the most in-depth televised interview he has ever given on the subject, he provides intimate detail on what he grappled with as both commander in chief charged with protecting his fellow citizens, and as a family man concerned for his loved ones.” National Geographic say.

Through the two-day interview, President George W. Bush tells his first-person story, starting with his morning jog before a school visit where he first learned the nation was under attack. We hear what facts he weighed when Andrew Card first whispered in his ear; the impact of his situation in a classroom full of children and the press corps; his first efforts to communicate with the nation at large; the concerns of the Secret Service for his safety on Air Force One; the flow of information from the military, intelligence agencies and news outlets; and his historic trip to Ground Zero in New York in the aftermath of this unprecedented moment.

Coincidentally, the day before this two-day interview with President Bush, the announcement that the United States had killed Osama bin Laden was made by President Obama. Bush gave his real-time reaction to those fresh events on camera. The in-depth interview and candid observations by the former president illuminate his personal journey through one of the most unforgettable moments in modern American history.

George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview is produced by Partisan Pictures for National Geographic Channels worldwide.