- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 12, 2001

ASSOCIATED PRESS

The White House and Air Force One were targets of yesterday's terrorist strikes, an administration spokesman said today.
“We had specific credible information that both were intended terrorist targets, and that the plane that hit the Pentagon may have been headed for the White House,'' said Sean McCormack, spokesman for President Bush's National Security Council.
The White House confirmed reports that the executive mansion and presidential jet had been threatened.
That helped to explain why Mr. Bush did not immediately return to Washington from Florida yesterday morning and take charge of crisis operations run from the Situation Room in the White House basement.
Mr. Bush, who had been in Sarasota, Fla., for an education speech, first flew to an Air Force base in Louisiana and then to one in Nebraska before returning to the White House at dusk. His Boeing 747, operating as a kind of airborne White House, was escorted by military fighter jets.

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