- The Washington Times - Friday, November 9, 2001

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Excerpts of President Bush's nationally televised address last night, delivered at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta:
We meet tonight after two of the most difficult and most inspiring months in our nation's history. We have endured the shock of watching so many innocent lives ended in acts of unimaginable horror.
Tonight, many thousands of children are tragically learning to live without one of their parents. And the rest of us are learning to live in a world that seems very different than it was on September the 10th.
The moment the second plane hit the second building, when we knew it was a terrorist attack, many felt that our lives would never be the same.
What we couldn't be sure of then and what the terrorists never expected was that America would emerge stronger, with a renewed spirit of pride and patriotism.
Americans have responded magnificently with courage and caring. We've seen it in our children who have sent in more than $1 million for the children of Afghanistan.
We have gained new heroes, those who ran into burning buildings to save others: our police and our firefighters. Those who voluntarily place themselves in harm's way to defend our freedom: the men and women of the armed forces.
We are a different country than we were on September the 10th, sadder and less innocent, stronger and more united. And in the face of ongoing threats, determined and courageous.
Our nation faces a threat to our freedoms, and the stakes could not be higher. We are the target of enemies who boast they want to kill, kill all Americans, kill all Jews and kill all Christians.
We've seen that type of hate before, and the only possible response is to confront it and to defeat it.
This new enemy seeks to destroy our freedom and impose its views. We value life; the terrorists ruthlessly destroy it.
Too many have the wrong idea of Americans as shallow, materialist consumers who care only about getting rich or getting ahead. But this isn't the America I know.
Ours is a wonderful nation full of kind and loving people, people of faith who want freedom and opportunity for people everywhere.
Ours is a great story and we must tell it through our words and through our deeds.
I came to Atlanta today to talk about an all-important question: How should we live in the light of what has happened?
We all have new responsibilities. Our government has the responsibility to hunt down our enemies, and we will. Our government has the responsibility to put needless partisanship behind us and meet new challenges: better security for our people and help for those who have lost jobs and livelihoods in the attacks that claimed so many lives.
We will not give in to exaggerated fears or passing rumors. We will rely on good judgment and good old common sense.
We will defend the values of our country, and we will live by them. We will persevere in this struggle no matter how long it takes to prevail.
Above all, we will live in a spirit of courage and optimism. Our nation was born in that spirit, as immigrants yearning for freedom courageously risked their lives in search of greater opportunity.
That spirit of optimism and courage still beckons people across the world who want to come here. And that spirit of optimism and courage must guide those of us fortunate enough to live here.
Courage and optimism led the passengers on Flight 93 to rush their murderers to save lives on the ground led by a young man whose last known words were the Lord's Prayer and, "Let's roll."
He didn't know he had signed on for heroism when he boarded the plane that day.
Some of our greatest moments have been acts of courage for which no one could have ever prepared.
We will always remember the words of that brave man expressing the spirit of a great country. We will never forget all we have lost and all we are fighting for.
Ours is the cause of freedom. We've defeated freedom's enemies before, and we will defeat them again.
We cannot know every turn this battle will take, yet we know our cause is just and our ultimate victory is assured. We will no doubt face new challenges, but we have our marching orders.
My fellow Americans, let's roll.


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