November 8th, 2010
10:15 AM ET

Bush writes of anger, resolve after Sept. 11 attacks

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - The terrorist attacks on America on September 11, 2001, gave his administration a clear goal and him the resolve to find out who was responsible and "kick their ass," former President George W. Bush writes in his new book.

In "Decision Points," Bush describes his reaction when his then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice informed him of the crash of a third airplane into the Pentagon.

"I sat back in my seat and absorbed her words. My thoughts clarified: The first plane could have been an accident. The second was definitely an attack. The third was a declaration of war," the former president writes in his 481-page book, which goes on sale Tuesday.

"My blood was boiling. We were going to find out who did this, and kick their ass," Bush writes.

"In a single morning, the purpose of my presidency had grown clear: to protect our people and defend our freedom that had come under attack."

CNN on Friday obtained a copy of the book, being released by Crown Publishers.

In the book, Bush also recounts the government response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If 911 was a "declaration of war" why did we go to war with Iraq and then say it was about WMD's. There were no WMD's in Iraq and the 911 attack was clearly not done by Iraq. I won't be buying Mr. Bush's book because I know the answers to my questions won't be found there.

    November 9, 2010 at 10:22 am |

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