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Live Thread: President's 9/11 Address (Update - Transcript)
White House ^ | 9/11/06 | GWB

Posted on 09/11/2006 6:01:11 PM PDT by Jean S

Edited on 09/11/2006 9:21:38 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Starting now.

Update: White House Transcript - President's Address to the Nation - Remembering 9/11

9:01 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Five years ago, this date -- September the 11th -- was seared into America's memory. Nineteen men attacked us with a barbarity unequaled in our history. They murdered people of all colors, creeds, and nationalities -- and made war upon the entire free world. Since that day, America and her allies have taken the offensive in a war unlike any we have fought before. Today, we are safer, but we are not yet safe. On this solemn night, I've asked for some of your time to discuss the nature of the threat still before us, what we are doing to protect our nation, and the building of a more hopeful Middle East that holds the key to peace for America and the world.

President George W. Bush addresses the nation from the Oval Office Monday evening, Sept. 11, 2006, marking the fifth anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. President Bush said, "The war against this enemy is more than a military conflict. It is the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century and the calling of our generation."  White House photo by Eric Draper On 9/11, our nation saw the face of evil. Yet on that awful day, we also witnessed something distinctly American: ordinary citizens rising to the occasion, and responding with extraordinary acts of courage. We saw courage in office workers who were trapped on the high floors of burning skyscrapers -- and called home so that their last words to their families would be of comfort and love. We saw courage in passengers aboard Flight 93, who recited the 23rd Psalm -- and then charged the cockpit. And we saw courage in the Pentagon staff who made it out of the flames and smoke -- and ran back in to answer cries for help. On this day, we remember the innocent who lost their lives -- and we pay tribute to those who gave their lives so that others might live.

For many of our citizens, the wounds of that morning are still fresh. I've met firefighters and police officers who choke up at the memory of fallen comrades. I've stood with families gathered on a grassy field in Pennsylvania, who take bittersweet pride in loved ones who refused to be victims -- and gave America our first victory in the war on terror. I've sat beside young mothers with children who are now five years old -- and still long for the daddies who will never cradle them in their arms. Out of this suffering, we resolve to honor every man and woman lost. And we seek their lasting memorial in a safer and more hopeful world.

Since the horror of 9/11, we've learned a great deal about the enemy. We have learned that they are evil and kill without mercy -- but not without purpose. We have learned that they form a global network of extremists who are driven by a perverted vision of Islam -- a totalitarian ideology that hates freedom, rejects tolerance, and despises all dissent. And we have learned that their goal is to build a radical Islamic empire where women are prisoners in their homes, men are beaten for missing prayer meetings, and terrorists have a safe haven to plan and launch attacks on America and other civilized nations. The war against this enemy is more than a military conflict. It is the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century, and the calling of our generation.

Our nation is being tested in a way that we have not been since the start of the Cold War. We saw what a handful of our enemies can do with box-cutters and plane tickets. We hear their threats to launch even more terrible attacks on our people. And we know that if they were able to get their hands on weapons of mass destruction, they would use them against us. We face an enemy determined to bring death and suffering into our homes. America did not ask for this war, and every American wishes it were over. So do I. But the war is not over -- and it will not be over until either we or the extremists emerge victorious. If we do not defeat these enemies now, we will leave our children to face a Middle East overrun by terrorist states and radical dictators armed with nuclear weapons. We are in a war that will set the course for this new century -- and determine the destiny of millions across the world.

For America, 9/11 was more than a tragedy -- it changed the way we look at the world. On September the 11th, we resolved that we would go on the offense against our enemies, and we would not distinguish between the terrorists and those who harbor or support them. So we helped drive the Taliban from power in Afghanistan. We put al Qaeda on the run, and killed or captured most of those who planned the 9/11 attacks, including the man believed to be the mastermind, Khalid Sheik Mohammed. He and other suspected terrorists have been questioned by the Central Intelligence Agency, and they provided valuable information that has helped stop attacks in America and across the world. Now these men have been transferred to Guantanamo Bay, so they can be held to account for their actions. Osama bin Laden and other terrorists are still in hiding. Our message to them is clear: No matter how long it takes, America will find you, and we will bring you to justice.

On September the 11th, we learned that America must confront threats before they reach our shores, whether those threats come from terrorist networks or terrorist states. I'm often asked why we're in Iraq when Saddam Hussein was not responsible for the 9/11 attacks. The answer is that the regime of Saddam Hussein was a clear threat. My administration, the Congress, and the United Nations saw the threat -- and after 9/11, Saddam's regime posed a risk that the world could not afford to take. The world is safer because Saddam Hussein is no longer in power. And now the challenge is to help the Iraqi people build a democracy that fulfills the dreams of the nearly 12 million Iraqis who came out to vote in free elections last December.

Al Qaeda and other extremists from across the world have come to Iraq to stop the rise of a free society in the heart of the Middle East. They have joined the remnants of Saddam's regime and other armed groups to foment sectarian violence and drive us out. Our enemies in Iraq are tough and they are committed -- but so are Iraqi and coalition forces. We're adapting to stay ahead of the enemy, and we are carrying out a clear plan to ensure that a democratic Iraq succeeds.

We're training Iraqi troops so they can defend their nation. We're helping Iraq's unity government grow in strength and serve its people. We will not leave until this work is done. Whatever mistakes have been made in Iraq, the worst mistake would be to think that if we pulled out, the terrorists would leave us alone. They will not leave us alone. They will follow us. The safety of America depends on the outcome of the battle in the streets of Baghdad. Osama bin Laden calls this fight "the Third World War" -- and he says that victory for the terrorists in Iraq will mean America's "defeat and disgrace forever." If we yield Iraq to men like bin Laden, our enemies will be emboldened; they will gain a new safe haven; they will use Iraq's resources to fuel their extremist movement. We will not allow this to happen. America will stay in the fight. Iraq will be a free nation, and a strong ally in the war on terror.

We can be confident that our coalition will succeed because the Iraqi people have been steadfast in the face of unspeakable violence. And we can be confident in victory because of the skill and resolve of America's Armed Forces. Every one of our troops is a volunteer, and since the attacks of September the 11th, more than 1.6 million Americans have stepped forward to put on our nation's uniform. In Iraq, Afghanistan, and other fronts in the war on terror, the men and women of our military are making great sacrifices to keep us safe. Some have suffered terrible injuries -- and nearly 3,000 have given their lives. America cherishes their memory. We pray for their families. And we will never back down from the work they have begun.

We also honor those who toil day and night to keep our homeland safe, and we are giving them the tools they need to protect our people. We've created the Department of Homeland Security. We have torn down the wall that kept law enforcement and intelligence from sharing information. We've tightened security at our airports and seaports and borders, and we've created new programs to monitor enemy bank records and phone calls. Thanks to the hard work of our law enforcement and intelligence professionals, we have broken up terrorist cells in our midst and saved American lives.

Five years after 9/11, our enemies have not succeeded in launching another attack on our soil, but they've not been idle. Al Qaeda and those inspired by its hateful ideology have carried out terrorist attacks in more than two dozen nations. And just last month, they were foiled in a plot to blow up passenger planes headed for the United States. They remain determined to attack America and kill our citizens -- and we are determined to stop them. We'll continue to give the men and women who protect us every resource and legal authority they need to do their jobs.

In the first days after the 9/11 attacks I promised to use every element of national power to fight the terrorists, wherever we find them. One of the strongest weapons in our arsenal is the power of freedom. The terrorists fear freedom as much as they do our firepower. They are thrown into panic at the sight of an old man pulling the election lever, girls enrolling in schools, or families worshiping God in their own traditions. They know that given a choice, people will choose freedom over their extremist ideology. So their answer is to deny people this choice by raging against the forces of freedom and moderation. This struggle has been called a clash of civilizations. In truth, it is a struggle for civilization. We are fighting to maintain the way of life enjoyed by free nations. And we're fighting for the possibility that good and decent people across the Middle East can raise up societies based on freedom and tolerance and personal dignity.

We are now in the early hours of this struggle between tyranny and freedom. Amid the violence, some question whether the people of the Middle East want their freedom, and whether the forces of moderation can prevail. For 60 years, these doubts guided our policies in the Middle East. And then, on a bright September morning, it became clear that the calm we saw in the Middle East was only a mirage. Years of pursuing stability to promote peace had left us with neither. So we changed our policies, and committed America's influence in the world to advancing freedom and democracy as the great alternatives to repression and radicalism.

With our help, the people of the Middle East are now stepping forward to claim their freedom. From Kabul to Baghdad to Beirut, there are brave men and women risking their lives each day for the same freedoms that we enjoy. And they have one question for us: Do we have the confidence to do in the Middle East what our fathers and grandfathers accomplished in Europe and Asia? By standing with democratic leaders and reformers, by giving voice to the hopes of decent men and women, we're offering a path away from radicalism. And we are enlisting the most powerful force for peace and moderation in the Middle East: the desire of millions to be free.

Across the broader Middle East, the extremists are fighting to prevent such a future. Yet America has confronted evil before, and we have defeated it -- sometimes at the cost of thousands of good men in a single battle. When Franklin Roosevelt vowed to defeat two enemies across two oceans, he could not have foreseen D-Day and Iwo Jima -- but he would not have been surprised at the outcome. When Harry Truman promised American support for free peoples resisting Soviet aggression, he could not have foreseen the rise of the Berlin Wall -- but he would not have been surprised to see it brought down. Throughout our history, America has seen liberty challenged, and every time, we have seen liberty triumph with sacrifice and determination.

At the start of this young century, America looks to the day when the people of the Middle East leave the desert of despotism for the fertile gardens of liberty, and resume their rightful place in a world of peace and prosperity. We look to the day when the nations of that region recognize their greatest resource is not the oil in the ground, but the talent and creativity of their people. We look to the day when moms and dads throughout the Middle East see a future of hope and opportunity for their children. And when that good day comes, the clouds of war will part, the appeal of radicalism will decline, and we will leave our children with a better and safer world.

On this solemn anniversary, we rededicate ourselves to this cause. Our nation has endured trials, and we face a difficult road ahead. Winning this war will require the determined efforts of a unified country, and we must put aside our differences and work together to meet the test that history has given us. We will defeat our enemies. We will protect our people. And we will lead the 21st century into a shining age of human liberty.

Earlier this year, I traveled to the United States Military Academy. I was there to deliver the commencement address to the first class to arrive at West Point after the attacks of September the 11th. That day I met a proud mom named RoseEllen Dowdell. She was there to watch her son, Patrick, accept his commission in the finest Army the world has ever known. A few weeks earlier, RoseEllen had watched her other son, James, graduate from the Fire Academy in New York City. On both these days, her thoughts turned to someone who was not there to share the moment: her husband, Kevin Dowdell. Kevin was one of the 343 firefighters who rushed to the burning towers of the World Trade Center on September the 11th -- and never came home. His sons lost their father that day, but not the passion for service he instilled in them. Here is what RoseEllen says about her boys: "As a mother, I cross my fingers and pray all the time for their safety -- but as worried as I am, I'm also proud, and I know their dad would be, too."

Our nation is blessed to have young Americans like these -- and we will need them. Dangerous enemies have declared their intention to destroy our way of life. They're not the first to try, and their fate will be the same as those who tried before. Nine-Eleven showed us why. The attacks were meant to bring us to our knees, and they did, but not in the way the terrorists intended. Americans united in prayer, came to the aid of neighbors in need, and resolved that our enemies would not have the last word. The spirit of our people is the source of America's strength. And we go forward with trust in that spirit, confidence in our purpose, and faith in a loving God who made us to be free.

Thank you, and may God bless you.

END 9:18 P.M. EDT


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To: FreedomCalls

There is a tagline in there....


151 posted on 09/11/2006 6:15:21 PM PDT by MikefromOhio ("...America has confronted evil before, and we have defeated it...")
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To: FlyVet

So true.


152 posted on 09/11/2006 6:15:32 PM PDT by bonfire
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To: msnimje

We will bring msm down. If we stop watching their spin, lies, fake polls and be proactive and supporting our troops and president 100 percent.... we will win!

We can win! It is about the future of our grandkids!


153 posted on 09/11/2006 6:15:32 PM PDT by JFC (President George W Bush, the comforter in chief.)
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To: FreedomCalls

"At the start of this young century, America looks to the day when the people of the Middle East leave the desert of despotism for the fertile gardens of liberty – and resume their rightful place in a world of peace and prosperity. We look to the day when the nations of that region recognize that their greatest resource is not the oil in the ground – but the talent and creativity of their people. We look to the day when moms and dads throughout the Middle East see a future of hope and opportunity for their children. And when that good day comes, the clouds of war will part - the appeal of radicalism will decline - and we will leave our children with a better and safer world. On this solemn anniversary, we rededicate ourselves to this cause. Our Nation has endured trials and we face a difficult road ahead. Winning this war will require the determined efforts of a unified country. So we must put aside our differences, and work together to meet the test that history has given us. We will defeat our enemies, we will protect our people, and we will lead the 21st century into a shining age of human liberty."


154 posted on 09/11/2006 6:15:38 PM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: Ladycalif

Is that the Iranian symbol for owing $40,000 in back child support? A request to get a head instead of ahead?

155 posted on 09/11/2006 6:15:40 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: synbad600

Yeah. Like a mortal man who is doing what he truly senses is best for the country -- with no qualms about being too politically correct.


156 posted on 09/11/2006 6:15:56 PM PDT by Donna Lee Nardo (DEATH TO ISLAMIC TERRORISTS AND ANIMAL AND CHILD ABUSERS.)
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To: JeanS

Great speech, one of the best! Right on target!


157 posted on 09/11/2006 6:16:03 PM PDT by FreeRep
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To: DadOfTwoMarines

"" Go George Go!! Drive it home!! The MSM can't stand up to TRUTH!!""

Right on! The President looks and sounds wonderful tonight.


158 posted on 09/11/2006 6:16:09 PM PDT by Pepper777
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To: MeekOneGOP

missed you...GWB rocks tonight!


159 posted on 09/11/2006 6:16:32 PM PDT by NewLand (Always Remember September 11, 2001)
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To: A CA Guy
/tears

Great speech... just... great
160 posted on 09/11/2006 6:16:33 PM PDT by FreedomNeocon (Success is not final; Failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts -- Churchill)
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To: All

"On this solemn anniversary, we rededicate ourselves to the cause...

We must put aside our differences...

We will defeat our enemies, we will protect our people, and we will lead ... to a shining age" (?) of the 21st century.

The word "shining" evokes a Ronald Reagan speech.. ?


161 posted on 09/11/2006 6:16:39 PM PDT by proud American in Canada (Thy Will Be Done.)
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To: All

"We must put aside our differences." Obviously directed at sh*thead Dems.


162 posted on 09/11/2006 6:16:43 PM PDT by KJC1
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To: Peach; All

He makes me very Proud to be an American


163 posted on 09/11/2006 6:16:45 PM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK (In everyday life there is more than meets the eye to reach the depths of truth we must DRAGTHEWATERS)
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To: FreedomCalls

"Earlier this year, I traveled to the United States Military Academy. I was there to deliver the commencement address to the first class to arrive at West Point after the attacks of September the Eleventh. That day I met a proud mom named RoseEllen Dowdell. She was there to watch her son Patrick accept his commission in the finest Army the world has ever known. A few weeks earlier, RoseEllen had watched her other son, James, graduate from the Fire Academy in New York City. On both these days, her thoughts turned to someone who was not there to share the moment: her husband, Kevin Dowdell. Kevin was one of the 343 firefighters who rushed to the burning towers of the World Trade Center on September the Eleventh – and never came home. His sons lost their father that day – but not the passion for service he instilled in them. Here is what RoseEllen says about her boys, 'As a mother, I cross my fingers and pray all the time for their safety – but as worried as I am, I am also proud – and I know their dad would be too.'"


164 posted on 09/11/2006 6:16:55 PM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: A CA Guy
My closing to this speech would be..

"Osama we are coming for you."

165 posted on 09/11/2006 6:16:59 PM PDT by Dog (Never forget...)
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To: trussell
Good to see you, too! Howdy!

166 posted on 09/11/2006 6:17:00 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: visualops
we have torn down the wall that kept law enforcement and intelligence from sharing information

Excellent point to make in the speech.

167 posted on 09/11/2006 6:17:24 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: FreedomCalls

"Our Nation is blessed to have young Americans like these – and we will need them. Dangerous enemies have declared their intention to destroy our way of life. They are not the first to try – and their fate will be the same as those who tried before. Nine-Eleven showed us why. The attacks were meant to bring us to our knees, and they did – but not in the way the terrorists intended. Americans united in prayer, came to the aid of neighbors in need, and resolved that our enemies would not have the last word. The spirit of our people is the source of America’s strength. And we go forward with trust in that spirit, confidence in our purpose, and faith in a loving God who made us to be free."


168 posted on 09/11/2006 6:17:45 PM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: msnimje
Are the Dems going to sink so low as to rebut this speech or provide counter points after????

I doubt it ... that's a fight they know they'll lose.

Their response is going to be that Bush cynically used the speech to politicize the anniversary in advance of the mid-terms.
169 posted on 09/11/2006 6:17:51 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: Mo1

Everything Bush says or does drives the liberals insane because the are inherently insane. They are every bit as extreme as the Jihadists. That's why totalitarianism appeals to them so much.


170 posted on 09/11/2006 6:17:51 PM PDT by PajamaTruthMafia
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To: JeanS

Fight for the forces of moderation?


Not quite Remember Pearl Harbour.



Why can't somebody give George a Real stemwinder of a speech

Call Peggy Noonan.


171 posted on 09/11/2006 6:17:52 PM PDT by RedMonqey (Liberal Agenda : "You've got it, I want it, you owe me,")
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To: MeekOneGOP

Meek!!! Good to see you my FRiend!


172 posted on 09/11/2006 6:17:59 PM PDT by txradioguy (In Memory Of My Friend 1SG Tim Millsap A Co. 70th Eng. K.I.A. 25 April 2005)
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To: FreedomCalls

"Thank you, and may God bless you."


173 posted on 09/11/2006 6:18:00 PM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: proud American in Canada

"The word "shining" evokes a Ronald Reagan speech.. ?"

My thoughts exactly!


174 posted on 09/11/2006 6:18:08 PM PDT by AirForceBrat23
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To: A CA Guy
Excellent Speech!!
175 posted on 09/11/2006 6:18:11 PM PDT by Mo1 (Think about it .. A Speaker Nancy Pelosi could be 2 seats away from being President)
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To: txradioguy

"I put my uniform back on full time because of 9/11."


You have my undying gratitude and continued prayers.


176 posted on 09/11/2006 6:18:12 PM PDT by swmobuffalo (The only good terrorist is a dead terrorist.)
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK

He makes me very Proud to be an American


I stand with you in pride..and I am so proud my President is from Texas!

God Bless you President Bush....

Thanks for all you do.


177 posted on 09/11/2006 6:18:15 PM PDT by JFC (President George W Bush, the comforter in chief.)
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To: A CA Guy

"Faith in a loving God"....

excellent.


178 posted on 09/11/2006 6:18:17 PM PDT by sayfer bullets (Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: JeanS

If he continues to preach Islam is peaceful, he is doing us more harm.


179 posted on 09/11/2006 6:18:26 PM PDT by mosquewatch.com (No Islam, Know peace.)
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To: MeekOneGOP

"They meant to bring America to its knees, and they did... but not in the way they intended. We fell to our knees in prayer..."


180 posted on 09/11/2006 6:18:26 PM PDT by pinz-n-needlez (Jack Bauer wears Tony Snow pajamas)
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To: FreeRep
Great speech, one of the best! Right on target!

Yes, it is. It reminds me very much of the one he gave a couple of days after 9/11.

Way to go, Mr. President! :)

"Faith in a loving God, who made us, to be free." Great ending.

181 posted on 09/11/2006 6:18:26 PM PDT by proud American in Canada (Thy Will Be Done.)
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To: RedMonqey

It was a WONDERFUL speech!


182 posted on 09/11/2006 6:18:26 PM PDT by bonfire
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To: bonfire

Yes, G_d Bless him.


183 posted on 09/11/2006 6:18:27 PM PDT by Donna Lee Nardo (DEATH TO ISLAMIC TERRORISTS AND ANIMAL AND CHILD ABUSERS.)
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To: JeanS

George... MR PRESIDENT..... YOU ROCK...>!!!! Proud to be an AMERICAN!!


184 posted on 09/11/2006 6:18:32 PM PDT by DadOfTwoMarines (That our President!)
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To: tanknetter

Nobody accused the RATs of being too smart.


185 posted on 09/11/2006 6:18:36 PM PDT by steveegg (Let's make the deeply-saddened Head KOmmie deeply soddened in Nov. - deny the 'RATs the election)
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To: Dog
We pull Osama IMO out of the CIA jail overseas November 2nd for the strongest electoral effect IMO. /sarcasm off...
186 posted on 09/11/2006 6:18:40 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK
He makes me very Proud to be an American

Amen!

187 posted on 09/11/2006 6:18:49 PM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: Pepper777
Good job, Dubya.

That is why I voted for him. Now Brit Hume...

188 posted on 09/11/2006 6:18:53 PM PDT by meyer (A vote for amnesty is a vote against America.)
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To: sayfer bullets

God Bless President George W. Bush


189 posted on 09/11/2006 6:19:08 PM PDT by FaithintheRight (Our forefathers knew what they were doing...do we?)
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To: bonfire

One of his best speeches. He made his points well!


190 posted on 09/11/2006 6:19:20 PM PDT by TheLion
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To: bonfire

Has not had a blessed 8 years.

We have been blessed by having him in office.


191 posted on 09/11/2006 6:19:27 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (The Internet is the samizdat of liberty..)
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To: swmobuffalo

Thank you.

Very much.


192 posted on 09/11/2006 6:19:29 PM PDT by txradioguy (In Memory Of My Friend 1SG Tim Millsap A Co. 70th Eng. K.I.A. 25 April 2005)
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To: TruthNtegrity
No opus. Just busy with my online business (link on my PF page here).

Dubya is GREAT! ... as always !!


193 posted on 09/11/2006 6:19:34 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: AirForceBrat23
My thoughts exactly!

I'm going to have to research this--didn't he say something about a "shining city on a hill"?

194 posted on 09/11/2006 6:19:39 PM PDT by proud American in Canada (Thy Will Be Done.)
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To: Mo1

Excellent, Excellent Speech! God Bless President Bush!


195 posted on 09/11/2006 6:20:03 PM PDT by FreeRep
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To: sayfer bullets

For many on the left, using the name of God is like being splattered with Holy Water during an exorcism. They really can't handle it, poor commies!


196 posted on 09/11/2006 6:20:07 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: tiredoflaundry
Bring lots .. I predict tomorrow's WH presser will be very entertaining :0)
197 posted on 09/11/2006 6:20:08 PM PDT by Mo1 (Think about it .. A Speaker Nancy Pelosi could be 2 seats away from being President)
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To: JFC

My son learned alot on his own. He heard Babs Boxer on C-span and yelled who is that Biotch!


198 posted on 09/11/2006 6:20:08 PM PDT by hipaatwo (Vote for your life. Every vote for a Democrat is a vote against victory.)
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To: FreedomCalls

Thank You President Bush, another great speech the cut&run Dems will say is taking advantage of 9/11 but in reality it tells terrorists around the world that their days are numbered.


199 posted on 09/11/2006 6:20:11 PM PDT by jazusamo (DIANA IREY for Congress, PA 12th District: Retire murtha.)
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To: tanknetter
Their response is going to be that Bush cynically used the speech to politicize the anniversary in advance of the mid-terms.

Yeah, they probably will BUT this is NOT political. It's about survival. The only political part about it is that it's a Republican President telling it like it is, and the Dems don't like it.

200 posted on 09/11/2006 6:20:18 PM PDT by KJC1
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