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Bush's Speech at the National Cathedral
9/14/01 | George W. Bush

Posted on 09/14/2001 10:50:24 AM PDT by Bommer

We are here in the middle hour of our grief. So many have suffered so great a loss, and today we express our nation's sorrow. We come before God to pray for the missing and the dead, and for those who loved them.

On Tuesday, our country was attacked with deliberate and massive cruelty. We have seen the images of fire and ashes and bent steel.

Now come the names, the list of casualties we are only beginning. They are the names of men and women who began their day at a desk or in an airport, busy with life. They are the names of people who faced death and in their last moments called home to say, be brave and I love you.

They are the names of passengers who defied their murderers and prevented the murder of others on the ground. They are the names of men and women who wore the uniform of the United States and died at their posts.

They are the names of rescuers -- the ones whom death found running up the stairs and into the fires to help others. We will read all these names. We will linger over them and learn their stories, and many Americans will weep.

To the children and parents and spouses and families and friends of the lost, we offer the deepest sympathy of the nation. And I assure you, you are not alone.

Just three days removed from these events, Americans do not yet have the distance of history, but our responsibility to history is already clear: to answer these attacks and rid the world of evil.

War has been waged against us by stealth and deceit and murder.

This nation is peaceful, but fierce when stirred to anger. This conflict was begun on the timing and terms of others; it will end in a way and at an hour of our choosing.

Our purpose as a nation is firm, yet our wounds as a people are recent and unhealed and lead us to pray. In many of our prayers this week, there's a searching and an honesty. At St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, on Tuesday, a woman said, "I pray to God to give us a sign that he's still here."

Others have prayed for the same, searching hospital to hospital, carrying pictures of those still missing.

God's signs are not always the ones we look for. We learn in tragedy that his purposes are not always our own, yet the prayers of private suffering, whether in our homes or in this great cathedral are known and heard and understood.

There are prayers that help us last through the day or endure the night. There are prayers of friends and strangers that give us strength for the journey, and there are prayers that yield our will to a will greater than our own.

This world He created is of moral design. Grief and tragedy and hatred are only for a time. Goodness, remembrance and love have no end, and the Lord of life holds all who die and all who mourn.

It is said that adversity introduces us to ourselves.

This is true of a nation as well. In this trial, we have been reminded and the world has seen that our fellow Americans are generous and kind, resourceful and brave.

We see our national character in rescuers working past exhaustion, in long lines of blood donors, in thousands of citizens who have asked to work and serve in any way possible. And we have seen our national character in eloquent acts of sacrifice. Inside the World Trade Center, one man who could have saved himself stayed until the end and at the side of his quadriplegic friend. A beloved priest died giving the last rites to a firefighter. Two office workers, finding a disabled stranger, carried her down 68 floors to safety.

A group of men drove through the night from Dallas to Washington to bring skin grafts for burned victims. In these acts and many others, Americans showed a deep commitment to one another and in an abiding love for our country.

Today, we feel what Franklin Roosevelt called, "the warm courage of national unity." This is a unity of every faith and every background. This has joined together political parties and both houses of Congress. It is evident in services of prayer and candlelight vigils and American flags, which are displayed in pride and waved in defiance. Our unity is a kinship of grief and a steadfast resolve to prevail against our enemies. And this unity against terror is now extending across the world.

America is a nation full of good fortune, with so much to be grateful for, but we are not spared from suffering. In every generation, the world has produced enemies of human freedom. They have attacked America because we are freedom's home and defender, and the commitment of our fathers is now the calling of our time.

On this national day of prayer and remembrance, we ask almighty God to watch over our nation and grant us patience and resolve in all that is to come. We pray that He will comfort and console those who now walk in sorrow. We thank Him for each life we now must mourn, and the promise of a life to come.

As we've been assured, neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities, nor powers nor things present nor things to come nor height nor depth can separate us from God's love.

May He bless the souls of the departed. May He comfort our own. And may He always guide our country.

God bless America.


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Fantastic!
1 posted on 09/14/2001 10:50:25 AM PDT by Bommer
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To: Bommer
Did anyone see this on TV. I would love to get feedback.
2 posted on 09/14/2001 11:01:47 AM PDT by mgist
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To: mgist
I hope the people who have ridiculed his speaking abilities are feeling pretty stupid right now.
3 posted on 09/14/2001 11:03:06 AM PDT by js1138
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To: mgist
Heard it on the radio and his delivery was flawless and inspiring. W is growing by the hour...
4 posted on 09/14/2001 11:04:34 AM PDT by eureka!
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To: Bommer
Awesome!
5 posted on 09/14/2001 11:07:21 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: Bommer
Thanks for posting it Boomer I didn't get to hear it. My wife just called in tears and said it was one of most touching speeches she has heard.
6 posted on 09/14/2001 11:08:17 AM PDT by Reaganomics
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To: js1138
Wrongo. To Steffy and Peter Jennings it wasn't a real speech, a few excerpts aside. Liberals think Bill Clinton was the Great Communicator. To them this President is definitely not in the same league. They're still pinching themselves in the hope the last eight years are not yet over. There's only person who could make a speech Steffy and PJ would have approved of and its the one the cameras spent a lot of suck-up time to during the service.
7 posted on 09/14/2001 11:08:46 AM PDT by goldstategop
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To: Bommer
Thank GOD we have GWB leading our country in its critical time--leading us through the darkness which the Clintons, with all their hearts and efforts and actions the previous 8 years, helped to create.
8 posted on 09/14/2001 11:08:52 AM PDT by Husker8877
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To: Bommer
An outstanding speech.
9 posted on 09/14/2001 11:10:41 AM PDT by malakhi
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To: Husker8877
It left me in tears and I hardly ever cry. God had given us the right leader at the right time.
10 posted on 09/14/2001 11:11:07 AM PDT by DebMcB
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To: js1138
You posted, "I hope the people who have ridiculed his speaking abilities are feeling pretty stupid right now."

Unfortunately the pyscho Bush haters on the left and on the extreme right hate America and Americans and what President Bush stands for.

So they will continue their vile hate GW mantras which show the true psychotic nature of their truly mentally sick CNS systems! (Notice I didn't type in brains. They are like amoebas with no brain, just some pre historic and limited CNS systems!)

11 posted on 09/14/2001 11:11:19 AM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: eureka!
Nothing against this fine speech, but it just made me ill to learn that the Impeached Rapist was at this event, soiling the National Cathedral and rubbing salt in our wounds. GRRRRRRRR!!!!!!

I wonder if any reporters asked King William if he would be apologizing to the victims' families if any of these terrorists are traced back to the 11 Puerto Rican terrorists he released to help his wife's Senate campaign?

12 posted on 09/14/2001 11:11:26 AM PDT by Coop
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To: Bommer Miss Marple
"In every generation, the world has produced enemies of human freedom. They have attacked America because we are freedom's home and defender, and the commitment of our fathers is now the calling of our time."

Indeed, this was a magnificent speech.

13 posted on 09/14/2001 11:12:31 AM PDT by A Citizen Reporter
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To: Bommer
It was tremendously moving with many good strong quotable lines. One that comes to mind: "Adversity introduces us to ourselves."
14 posted on 09/14/2001 11:12:59 AM PDT by Lady Jag
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To: Reaganomics
Thanks for posting it Boomer I didn't get to hear it. My wife just called in tears and said it was one of most touching speeches she has heard. I could not agree more. The delivery and the words were beyond anyone's expectation. Bush, Sr., was so moved that he clasped his son's hand when he sat down.
15 posted on 09/14/2001 11:14:10 AM PDT by StarFan
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To: mgist
Did anyone see this on TV. I would love to get feedback.

The two ultra-liberals of Boston talk radio, Margery Eagan and Jim Braude, were effusive in praising Bush, and were practically in tears regarding the beauty of the service.

I heard the sung "Our Father," military choir singing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," and some of the sermons. It was absolutely beautiful.

I missed Bush's speech because I went into a local church to pray. I had to go into the lower church because the upper church prayer service was overflowing. It's a very large church and the people were packed in like sardines. So much so that they were literally falling back through the front doors.

16 posted on 09/14/2001 11:15:21 AM PDT by Aquinasfan
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To: To All
God Bless you President Bush
17 posted on 09/14/2001 11:15:28 AM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: Bommer
I heard it. It was incredibly inspiring.

God is answering our prayers for the President.

The Lord has kept Billy Graham around for this day, IMHO. His sermon was vintage Graham. Simple, yet oh so timely and powerful.

The singing of the Battle Hymn of the Republic had me weeping...as they sang, the network showed the continued rescue efforts in NY...and at one point showed the Statue of Liberty, with it's huge American flag at one end of the island streaming gloriously in the strong breeze...

The rain was falling in DC, in NY, and has been falling all day out here in the heartland.

But the national renewal of faith and freedom that we have all been witnessing this week continued, with God's grace clearly being shed on our country.

Today was historic---the catharsis God intends for us all is openly available for any who are willing to open their minds and their hearts.

18 posted on 09/14/2001 11:17:32 AM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: Coop
Yes, and the Sink Emperor worked the camera/crowd outside with a smiling Chelsea in tow. His initial comments from Australia made me think he had some class or sense of shame. Of course he doesn't. Grifting white trash is as grifting white trash is. The same is true for his wife.

Look at it this way--he bought another 10 minutes of limelight (in his mind) on the deaths of many. The debate is just beginning on how long the planning was (5 years is latest) and should the 'Toon have at least tried to take out Bin Laden when there was apparently the chance (of course) and any responsibility will be accorded as such. And yes, there is the FALN. And Monica/cigars/sinks. And pardons. And stolen furniture. And Chinagate. And, well, there is his legacy and it has not been fully written. Time will not be kind to the 'Toon and his cohorts.

19 posted on 09/14/2001 11:19:24 AM PDT by eureka!
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To: Aquinasfan
The speech was perfect. God was right there in the midst of all of our leaders in the National Cathedral. President Bush was most wise to call for that prayer service.

I must confess now that as I heard Denise Graves sing out "America" so beautifully and truly, that my heart lurched at the words: "and crown thy good with brotherhood," for those are the very words that stirred my heart and soul for God and my nation when I was just a child. With that childlike belief, hope, pride and love, I say to all Americans whose pledge is true to our country, regardless of your race, religion, politics or background, you are my brothers and sisters and may God strengthen and protect us. Grant the victory of Love over hate to each of our souls. Amen.

20 posted on 09/14/2001 11:19:35 AM PDT by ValerieUSA
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To: Bommer
That's one for the history books, under "Great American Speeches".
21 posted on 09/14/2001 11:20:01 AM PDT by randog
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To: mgist
I saw it and it was great. But I would rather call it an Address to the Nation (a 'speech' sounds too political). I hope he ponders well and arrives at the best solution for America's survival in this century. I pray his decison keeps America an example and a beacon for the world to emulate. May we continue as One Nation, Under God, with Liberty and Justice for All. God Bless America.
22 posted on 09/14/2001 11:20:09 AM PDT by ex-snook
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To: mgist
Yes, I saw it. He was graceful yet commanding. I cried. There is no doubt in my mind that the right man is leading our country- President George W. Bush.
24 posted on 09/14/2001 11:20:30 AM PDT by rintense
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To: Bommer
Wow!!!Just reading this caused a tear to fall. God bless America
25 posted on 09/14/2001 11:21:24 AM PDT by TUX
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To: Bommer
Excellent.!!!!!!!!

Imagine this speech with no mention of God. May Objectivism slowly twist in the wind.

God bless our President.

26 posted on 09/14/2001 11:22:06 AM PDT by wardaddy
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To: mgist
Yes, I saw it on TV and it was WONDERFUL. A masterful Prayer delivered in a Humble, sincere and loving manner.

Our Commander In Chief was at his Best during these most terrible times!

Joy! ([: ^ )

RamS
27 posted on 09/14/2001 11:25:35 AM PDT by RamingtonStall (RamS@free-market.net)
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To: mgist
It was awesome. Delivered as it reads, with sincerity. With resolve. I was moved to tears as well.

I am so proud to have GWB for a President. He is not perfect, I do not agree with him on every point. But I am mighty proud, and grateful.

I know, now, with great clarity, how lucky we were last December.

28 posted on 09/14/2001 11:28:28 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: A Citizen Reporter
Magnificent and inspiring. People do NOT want carping now. They KNOW we are at war, even if we don't have a formal declaration yet.

I cannot say enough good things about this service and his address. His father knows what he is undergoing, and reached over and clasped his hand when he was done speaking.

29 posted on 09/14/2001 11:28:51 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Bommer
He was great on television.
30 posted on 09/14/2001 11:28:58 AM PDT by aculeus
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To: EternalVigilance
The Lord has kept Billy Graham around for this day, IMHO. His sermon was vintage Graham. Simple, yet oh so timely and powerful.

Anyone have a transcript of that? I completely missed the service today.

31 posted on 09/14/2001 11:31:38 AM PDT by kevkrom
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To: Bommer
I didn't get to hear the speech, as I'm here trapped in my cubicle at work. But this is an incredible speech, very powerful. Unfortunatly, my very conservative minister father wholly disapproved of the speech and service; he said that Jesus Christ was not mentioned once, and that he was disappointed that Bush left off "...in Christ Jesus" from the verse "As we've been assured, neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities, nor powers nor things present nor things to come nor height nor depth can separate us from God's love."

I swear, I thought it was great - what do you do with two old grumpy fundamentalist parents? Of course he wouldn't mention Jesus at a national service; the founding fathers in their writings didn't much either. I don't know, I was so high after reading this speech, and I'm bummed because my parents can't share in the joy. *sigh*

32 posted on 09/14/2001 11:31:46 AM PDT by egarvue
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To: eureka!
i have thanked God everyday since this tragedy that clinton and his playmates are not "leading" the nation right now. by the way, on the radio they mentioned that mr. gary condit was present at the service. did he get any airtime on television?
33 posted on 09/14/2001 11:33:07 AM PDT by Muckraker
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To: kevkrom
Wish I did...hopefully someone here does, and will be kind enough to post it.
34 posted on 09/14/2001 11:34:07 AM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: Muckraker
I don't know about Condidit but I do know anecdotally and from polls that a lot of democrats are happy W is in charge and not Gore....
35 posted on 09/14/2001 11:35:00 AM PDT by eureka!
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To: Bommer
This nation is peaceful, but fierce when stirred to anger. This conflict was begun on the timing and terms of others; it will end in a way and at an hour of our choosing.

Just three days removed from these events, Americans do not yet have the distance of history, but our responsibility to history is already clear: to answer these attacks and rid the world of evil.

This world He created is of moral design. Grief and tragedy and hatred are only for a time. Goodness, remembrance and love have no end, and the Lord of life holds all who die and all who mourn.

My God this is good!

Let me also say, Colin Powell is in a new conference right now. It is so refreshing to hear a Sec. of State speak so plainly and simply, not couching his message in 'diplomatic phrasing' and dodgeing issues! Same for all the others in this administration.
Finally, Bush closed with his GOD BLESS AMERICA! Thank you Mr. President.

36 posted on 09/14/2001 11:36:31 AM PDT by SmartEnough
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To: Miss Marple
This is the greatest country in the world. We are so blessed.


37 posted on 09/14/2001 11:36:37 AM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs
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To: eureka!
can you imagine that bearded fool in GWB's position right now.... the mere thought send shives down my spine.
38 posted on 09/14/2001 11:38:56 AM PDT by Muckraker
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To: egarvue
Our Lord Jesus Christ was mentioned many many times throughout the service...He truly had the preeminence throughout...and at the end, the color guard filed out with the Stars and Stripes, closely followed by the Cross (NBC did a close up that had a remarkable symbolic meaning).
39 posted on 09/14/2001 11:39:55 AM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: eureka!
My quite liberal wife told me last night that she still doesn't like President Bush, but she's very glad the he's in charge for this and not Gore (or Clinton for that matter). In her mind, if it can't be a "real New Yorker" (e.g., Bronx or Brooklyn native) in there, then a Texan's the next best thing...
40 posted on 09/14/2001 11:40:20 AM PDT by kevkrom
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To: kevkrom
THIS MAN IS OUR PRESIDENT

say it over and over - it sounds good

41 posted on 09/14/2001 11:44:56 AM PDT by bd56
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Did you see the short camera shot of Hillary Clinton while President Bush was speaking? Her eyes were kind of "hooded", half open, and it seemed as if she was seething in her skin. I can't describe it any better, I've never seen such a look on persons face like that before. She seemed almost posessed by some evil thing. Something evil that seemed to be saying "I should be in charge of everyone and everything, not this insect before me that I won't even look at".

Scary...

42 posted on 09/14/2001 11:45:33 AM PDT by isthisnickcool
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To: EternalVigilance
Thank you for telling me that, I'll probably have to watch it on c-span tonight to see for myself, I think my father saw what he wanted to see. How a minister of the saving gospel can get so pessimistic at times is beyond me, but oh well, he's my dad. God bless George Bush!
43 posted on 09/14/2001 11:46:15 AM PDT by egarvue
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To: Peter Jennings and his ilk
Hey, Peter Jennings ... I hope you were listening to this!
44 posted on 09/14/2001 11:46:38 AM PDT by al_c
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To: Bommer
As we've been assured, neither death nor life nor angels nor principalities, nor powers nor things present nor things to come,

nor height nor depth can separate us from God's love.

May He bless the souls of the departed. May He comfort our own. And may He always guide our country.

Obviously not from the Koran. I'm at the firehall today, and we all gathered to watch the speach in silence. When it ended all 14 of us were cheering.

45 posted on 09/14/2001 11:47:09 AM PDT by DainBramage
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To: kevkrom
I have heard several formerly liberally brainwashed young people comment on how their opinion of the president has had a sea change.

The American people are standing behind our Commander in Chief, and you wanna know the best part? Because of hard experience, no one in the Bush family can possibly be foolish enough to put their faith in high approval ratings.

Definately a recipe for humble servant leadership of our country in the days to come.

46 posted on 09/14/2001 11:49:22 AM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: Bommer
I cannot find words to express the way I felt while watching our President. He not only gave a beautiful talk..his presence was awesome. I am so proud to be an American...I am so proud and grateful that we have who I believe, is a God fearing man running the country at this time.

Clinton is a sad human being..words fail me to describe what I felt when I saw him. If the stories that Newsmax has been running are true..and if they ever get out there verbally..that man will never be able to stay in this country.

May God continue to bless America.

47 posted on 09/14/2001 11:49:25 AM PDT by stillafreemind
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To: mgist
I watched the ceremony, mgist. Bush's speech was perfect - he seems always to know the right things to say and how to say them, without acting a part, unlike the impeached one. What he says comes from his heart, and when he shows emotion, that too comes from his heart. He's a good man, and sincere, and strong. I can't believe anyone who doesn't have confidence in his abilities.
48 posted on 09/14/2001 11:49:54 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Bommer
Glorious!! Magnificent!!

God is moving in this land! George W. Bush is God's man for this moment!

The prayer service I attended was short enough so that I was home in time to see and hear both Billy Graham and the President. It was wonderful to see it live, because I was able to pray through both the sermon and through the President's speech that their words would be used to bring this country back to God. I believe that America is on the edge of spiritual revival. May it be so!

49 posted on 09/14/2001 11:50:14 AM PDT by ohioWfan
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To: isthisnickcool
Yes I saw her, it wasn't pretty, and neither is she.
50 posted on 09/14/2001 11:50:15 AM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs
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