• 9/11 Address to the Nation

  • George W Bush

    Good evening.

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  • Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts.

  • The victims were in airplanes or in their offices:

  • secretaries, business men and women, military and federal workers, moms and dads, friends and neighbors.

  • Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror.

  • The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge -- huge structures collapsing have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger.

  • These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat.

  • George W Bush

    But they have failed.

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  • Our country is strong.

  • A great people has been moved to defend a great nation.

  • Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America.

  • These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.

  • America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world.

  • George W Bush

    And no one will keep that light from shining.

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  • Today, our nation saw evil -- the very worst of human nature -- and we responded with the best of America.

  • With the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbors who came to give blood and help in any way they could.

  • Immediately following the first attack, I implemented our government's emergency response plans.

  • Our military is powerful, and it's prepared.

  • Our emergency teams are working in New York City and Washington D.C. to help with local rescue efforts.