The White House
President George W. Bush
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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
September 12, 2001

Remarks by the President
Upon Arrival at Barksdale Air Force Base
Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana
the President
Freedom, Itself, Was Attacked This Morning by A
Faceless Coward. and Freedom Will Be Defended. I Want to Reassure The
American People That the Full Resources of the Federal Government Are
Working to Assist Local Authorities to Save Lives and to Help the Victims
of These Attacks. Make No Mistake
the United States Will Hunt Down and

punish those responsible for these cowardly acts.

     I've been in regular contact with the Vice President, the Secretary of Defense, the national security team and my Cabinet.  We have taken all appropriate security precautions to protect the American people.  Our military at home and around the world is on high alert status, and we have taken the necessary security precautions to continue the functions of your government.

     We have been in touch with the leaders of Congress and with world leaders to assure them that we will do whatever is necessary to protect America and Americans.

     I ask the American people to join me in saying a thanks for all the folks who have been fighting hard to rescue our fellow citizens and to join me in saying a prayer for the victims and their families.

     The resolve of our great nation is being tested.  But make no mistake: We will show the world that we will pass this test.  God bless.


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