"The president of the United States had us at battle stations during this period of time." - Condoleezza Rice telling the 9-11 Commission about a government on high alert during the summer of 2001
"No mulligans, except on the first tee." - President Bush joking with reporters at a Texas golf course on August 7, 2001, the day after receiving the briefing about bin Laden's intention to strike inside the U.S.
Additional reporting: Alicia Ng
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