For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
September 12, 2001
Remarks by the President
While Touring Damage at the Pentagon
5:53 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: I am
so grateful to the people who are working here.
We're here to say thanks to
not only the workers on this site, but the workers who are doing the
same work in New York City. I want to say thanks
to the folks who have given blood to the Red
Cross. I want to say thanks
for the hundreds of thousands
of Americans who pray for the victims and their families.
Secretary Rumsfeld told me, when
I talked to him, that he felt the
blast shake the Pentagon --
even though he was on the other side of the building, the building
rocked. And now I know why.
Coming here makes me sad,
on the one hand; it also makes me angry. Our country will,
however, not be cowed by terrorists, by people who don't
share the same values we share, by people
who are willing to destroy
people's lives because we embrace freedom. The
nation mourns, but our government will go on, the country will
function. We are on high alert for possible activity.
But coming here confirms what the
Secretary and I both know, that this
is a great nation.
People here working hard prove it; people out here
working their hearts out to answer families'
questions, to remove the rubble and debris from this
office. I want to thank everybody not only on this site, but
all across America, for responding so generously, so kindly,
in their prayers, in their contributions of love
and their willingness to help in any way they can.
5:55 P.M. EDT