As many locals know, the first stop President George W. Bush made after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 was at Barksdale Air Force Base. That moment in history is now somberly frozen in time there at the Global Powers Museum.
There, the story of the tragic events of that day is told in displays of ordinary items that became a part of history. Pictures and video hold the memories of so many, and the podium that President Bush used to make the first address to the nation about the attack can all be seen there. A phone used by President Bush to call the vice president and his staff in Washington D.C. also stands in the display.
Tony Fischer, who lives in the United Kingdom, is visiting Shreveport-Bossier and was quite emotional during his visit to the museum on the very day it happened 12 years ago. "I remember it quite well, actually. I was at work with some colleagues, and heard an announcement on the radio that America was under attack. We went to a lab where we had a television, and we could actually see the pictures live, which were shocking. It was a big wake up call. What's going on, you know? It's a day we'll never forget," said Fischer.
President Bush recorded his speech and spent most of the day at Barksdale. The speech was not aired until after President Bush departed Barksdale. Once the president was safely in the air, a KSLA satellite truck broadcast a live feed of President Bush's recorded speech to the rest of the country and world.
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