Laura says she brought in a minister and Colin Powell's wife, Alma, to help relieve any anxiety felt by White House staffers, some of whom were told to run for their lives on September 11."I would say it subsided in that we weren't afraid every single day," she says. "As George said, he thinks the president prays instead of, 'Let's make this happen,' [it's] 'God, please don't let anything happen today.'"
Laura says she and the president wanted people to resume their normal lives and even allowed their daughters to fly commercially to Washington the weekend after the attacks. "We knew that the planes were fine, and George didn't want to take this huge hit to the economy. It was bad enough having the terrorist attack," she says. "He wanted people to go about their own lives. And I knew from just a mental health point of view ... that it's really important to get to a routine."