Three days after the events of 9/11, President George W. Bush addressed the men and women who were working tirelessly around the clock to clear the rubble in New York City. It was a riveting and important moment. For the President, it exemplified how he remained calm and conducted himself during times of serious crisis. Since then, this speech has become known as President Bush’s “bullhorn moment.”
The President flew out to New York and stood where the twin towers fell and he walked right up to the rubble, which was still smoldering, and put his arm around a fire fighter. Reporters who stood among the ashes, during one of the darkest moments in American history, watched in silence.
Remember, the President had only been in office for about eight months at this point, gave an incredible speech that reminds us what it means to stand together as a nation. His voice was clear and precise and helped calm a nervous nation. The crowd erupted in chants of “USA! USA!”
Thank you all. I want you all to know — it [bullhorn] can’t go any louder — I want you all to know that America today, America today is on bended knee, in prayer for the people whose lives were lost here, for the workers who work here, for the families who mourn. The nation stands with the good people of New York City and New Jersey and Connecticut as we mourn the loss of thousands of our citizens.
I can hear you! I can hear you! The rest of the world hears you! And the people — and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!
The nation — The nation sends its love and compassion to everybody who is here. Thank you for your hard work. Thank you for making the nation proud, and may God bless America.
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