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What did you guys think of President Bushs Address?

post #1 of 12
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I don't really care for the guy, but I was impressed with his speech. Exactly enough righteous anger and sympathy. I thought that it served it's purpose of restoring a little bit of badly needed confidence regarding the strength of this country.
post #2 of 12
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Bush Addresses Nation on Attacks
The Associated Press
Sep 11 2001 8:52PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - A grim-faced President Bush condemened ghastly attacks in Washington and New York on Tuesday and vowed to ``find those responsible and bring them to justice.''
In the second Oval Office address of his presidency, Bush said the United States would retaliate against ``those behind these evil acts,'' and any country that harbors them.

Bush spoke from the Oval Office just hours after bouncing between Florida and air bases in Louisiana and Nebraska for security reasons. Fighter jets and decoy helicopters accompanied his evening flight to Washington and the White House.

``Today, our nation saw evil,'' he said.

Bush said the government offices deserted after the bombings Tuesday would open on Wednesday

Seeking to comfort an anxious nation, he said, ``These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.''

The address lasted less than five minutes.

He asked the nation to pray for the families of the victims and quoted the Book of Psalms, ``And I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than any of us spoken through the ages in Pslam 23. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil for you are with me.''

The United States received no warning of the attacks on the Pentagon and New York's World Trade Center towers, White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said.

In his address, Bush said: ``Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom, came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts.'' He said thousands of lives were ``suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror.''

The Oval Office address was his third statement on the tragedy.

He began his day in Sarasota, Fla., where he intended to talk about education. The remarks were scrapped and Bush headed to Louisiana.

He made a brief statement from a conference room at a Lousiana military base, assuring Americans that he was in regular contact with his command post in Washington: Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and the White House national security team.

He then boarded Air Force One at 1:30 p.m. EDT for a secret destination that turned out to be Nebraska's Offutt Air Force Base, home to the U.S. Strategic Command, which controls the nation's nuclear weapons. Until three years ago, the Strategic Command also housed the so-called doomsday plane that had been specially equipped to serve as a flying White House in the event of nuclear war.

White House officials were sensitive to any appearance that Bush was not at the helm.

Fleischer said Bush wanted to be in Washington, where Cheney led the crisis operations center at the White House, but ``he understands that at a time like this, caution must be taken'' with his location.

At the first reports of attacks on New York's World Trade Center, Bush told his Sarasota, Fla., elementary school audience that he was hastening back to Washington. All of that immediately changed - and he was diverted to Louisiana - when a plane slammed into the Pentagon, and Washington, too, was under attack.

On Capitol Hill, first lady Laura Bush, who was to have made her debut testifying before the Senate on education, tried to soothe a horrified nation.

``Parents need to reassure their children everywhere in our country that they're safe,'' she said, grim-faced, as she and Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., announced their hearing was postponed.

Mrs. Bush and a handful of aides were whisked by motorcade to a secret location away from the White House, which had been evacuated but for the small corps of foreign policy advisers who staffed the basement Situation Room.

Fleischer said the 19-year-old girls, Barbara at Yale University and Jenna at the University of Texas, were also moved to secure locations.
post #3 of 12

I don't care for him much either, but his speech was straight to the point and short. Can't blame him for that.

post #4 of 12
He was shaking and I wonder if it was from anger or nerves?
post #5 of 12
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my guess is a little bit of both
post #6 of 12
Bush's speech was right on target, especially the part about holding countries who harbor these terrorists equally responsible. He is one man, dealing with a national tragedy, which is practically beyond anyone's comprehension. I think he is doing all that can be expected.
post #7 of 12
Talk about a proverbial "Baptism by Fire"; my opinion of him raised a few points also. I hope he sticks to his guns because I believe that an early offensive strike will be our best defense.
post #8 of 12
As far as the President's speech is concerned, he ain't no F.D.R. that's for sure. My impression is that he basically had nothing to say. But it's what he DOES in the coming days and weeks (and months) that will matter. We shall see. I extend to the President my best wishes, as this is perhaps the blackest day in our history since the ultimate battle at Gettysburg. Surely he will do all in his power to help heal the nation and assist us in our moving forward.

post #9 of 12
I don't really care for the guy, either. IMO, he looks mean. My hubby & I were talking about him, and he said he looks like a mean s.o.b. who looks tough enough to make a good decision. I really hope he makes a wise decision. I'm not saying I want to go to war, but IMO they need to go in & bomb those fundamentalist. It's not the country that started it, it's the "group" who started this maliciousness. And, I'm also not saying it's right to kill innocent civilans, but what else can they do? So, I really hope he makes the right decision, or it will keep getting worse & worse.
post #10 of 12
Actually my first thought was that he has great speech writers . . . Is that cynical?
post #11 of 12
Living in England I don't really know much about Mr.Bush, but I know our Prime Minister Tony Blair is a kind and sincere man,he was close to tears when he was talking on British tv.
I have only seen Mr.Bush's first speech,and although it was short,prehaps too short,he did sound very sincere, I just hope he dos,nt make any rash decisions.
I did like Mr Clinton,he seemed a wise and inteligent man,if not in his personal life,but as a president.
post #12 of 12
I feel it's truly unfair to judge or critisize our President at a time such as this. He is one man, one human man, who happens to head the country at a time of unspeakable horror and devastation. What is it that any of us would say to the nation under such circumstances?
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