BARACK Obama “knew a TERROR ATTACK was planned on his historic 2009 inauguration, and he had secret instructions ready to read to the 2million-strong crowd.”
Obama will soon be revealing more about the moment he had to prepare for the terrifying intelligence in his upcoming book, A Promised Land, it was revealed on Sunday.
Barack Obama had a statement prepared to give the crowd of 2million at his inauguration as there was intelligence of a possible terror attackCredit: Reuters
Obama had instructions ready to read to the crowd in case they needed to evacuateCredit: AFP
Obama’s inauguration drew a crowd just shy of 2millionCredit: AFP
CBS’ 60 Minutes sat down with the former president in an interview which aired in full on Sunday.
60 Minutes detailed the plot – and although Obama did not elaborate on the plot himself, he will in his upcoming memoir, it was revealed.
The alleged plot was unknown to the public – let alone the crowd of nearly 2million that had gathered in Washington DC to watch as the first black man was sworn in as US president.
Ahead of his inaugural speech, Obama was given instructions that he would read to the crowd at National Mall if they needed to evacuate due to an attack.
Obama will discuss the events in his upcoming book: A Promised LandCredit: AP:Associated Press
An overview of the crowd is seen on January 20, 2009Credit: Getty – Contributor
It was revealed in Obama’s interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes on Sunday that he’s set to speak on the event in his bookCredit: CBS
Obama reportedly had a message in his pocket prepared to read to the crowd in the event they needed to evacuateCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Joe and Jill Biden and Michelle and Barack Obama are seen at the inauguration ceremony on January 20, 2009Credit: Reuters
Obama himself is reportedly to reveal more details of the incidents in his book, which is set to be released on Tuesday.
Obama adviser David Axelrod previously revealed the terror attack intel his own book in 2015.
Axelrod said he got a call from Rahm Emanuel, who was Obama’s chief of staff, about what was believed to be a serious terrorist threat on the event, The New York Times reported.
The former Obama adviser revealed in his book that four young Somalis may have slipped into the US – and were possibly planning to target the inauguration.
Obama sings the national anthem at his first presidential inaugurationCredit: AP:Associated Press
Obama is seen taking the oath of office in his first term in officeCredit: AP:Associated Press
Emmanuel reportedly told Axelrod he could not let speechwriters in on the intel – but still needed to prepare in case the president-elect should have to tell people what to do.
Axelrod said he was tasked by Emmanuel with writing “a brief statement for the president-elect,” which was to be given to him just before the ceremony, the Times reported.
Obama kept the message in his pocket during his first inauguration in the event it was needed.
Luckily, the inauguration went smoothly and there was no need for Obama’s note.
Axelrod did not reveal what the message said.
Michelle and Barack Obama are seen departing the US Capitol Building after his swearing-in ceremony in 2009Credit: EPA
In the 60 Minutes interview, Obama also took hits at Donald Trump and told him to concede to Joe BidenCredit: CBS
The attack was later declared a false alarm, the Times reports.
As Obama sat down with 60 Minutes, he lectured Donald Trump as he told him to finally concede.
“Well, a president is a public servant. They are temporary occupants of the office, by design,” Obama said.
“And when your time is up then it is your job to put the country first and think beyond your own ego, and your own interests, and your own disappointments.
“My advice to President Trump is, if you want at this late stage in the game to be remembered as somebody who put country first, it’s time for you to do the same thing,” he said.
He also slammed Trump and other Republicans for making baseless claims of voter fraud, and talked about his own experience working on the H1N1 outbreak as the US struggles with a crippling rise in Covid-19 cases.
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