President Bush and Vice President Cheney spent more than three hours Thursday answering questions from the commission investigating the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. The historic session took place behind closed doors in the president’s office.
The president says he had a good conversation with the 10 members of the commission. He says he answered every question they asked.
“It was wide-ranging,” he said. “It was important.”
Mr. Bush told reporters after the meeting that he was impressed by the panel. He would not go into the substance of the questioning, saying the commission members will incorporate what they learned into their final report.
“They’re very interested in the recommendations they are going to lay out, and I am interested in those, as well,” said President Bush.
The president said he was not asked by the commission about the possibility al-Qaida operatives are still in the United States. He said the nation remains vulnerable to attack, but the government is working at all levels to protect America.