The defining moment of George W. Bush's presidency was the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Laura says she was just as affected as every other American that terrible day.

Laura was en route to the Capitol building to brief a Senate committee about early childhood education that fateful morning. "As I got into the car, my detail leader, [a] Secret Service agent, leaned over and said a plane has just flown into the World Trade Center," she says. "We thought at first that it was just some very strange accident, and then before we got to the Capitol, we got word on the second plane, so we knew then that it was not an accident but, instead, was an attack."


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