“The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, 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. But they have failed; 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 shattered 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. And no one will keep that light from shining.
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.
Our first priority is to get help to those who have been injured, and to take every precaution to protect our citizens at home and around the world from further attacks.
The functions of our government continue without interruption. Federal agencies in Washington which had to be evacuated today are reopening for essential personnel tonight, and will be open for business tomorrow. Our financial institutions remain strong, and the American economy will be open for business, as well.
The search is underway for those who are behind these evil acts. I've directed the full resources of our intelligence and law enforcement communities to find those responsible and to bring them to justice. We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.
I appreciate so very much the members of Congress who have joined me in strongly condemning these attacks. And on behalf of the American people, I thank the many world leaders who have called to offer their condolences and assistance.”
Bush affirms the nation was targeted for its freedoms. He asks for America to unite
on this day of terror and to help one another during this difficult time.
Coverage around the world
- Following the attacks of September 11, journalists around the world wanted coverage, searching for
more information regarding anything about the attacks.
- This sudden urge to reveal what happened on
9/11 led many countries to place restrictions on reporters, journalists, and media. In some countries,
journalists were seen as “terrorists” and were arrested or killed.
George W. Bush and Government changes:
Bush Executive Order
- reenacts military personnel
- Causes debate within the House of Representatives
- Some argued that the order would cause discriminatory acts against civilians - Was necessary to ensure another attack would not happen
- Creates contingencies if another attack were to happen
- The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology
2001 - 2004
Is America still a super-power?
Election of 2004
- George W. Bush (Republican) vs. John Kerry (Democrat)
- Sparked global interest
- Other leading countries were interested on which candidate would help make the world better and safer place
- Election became a world-wide topic
- In the election of 2004, the discussion of the war on terror became a leading topic of debate
- Bush's familiarity with the War on Terror and national security, due to 9/11, helped push him farther in the election
The attacks of September 11, 2001 not only endangered the lives of thousands, but also the face of America.