September 11, 2010

Something Wonderful: When Our President Was a Man

September 14, 2001: President G. W. Bush's Speech at National Cathedral after 9/11

"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."

Posted by Vanderleun at September 11, 2010 12:24 PM
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Thank you Gerard for the remembrance of having a manly principled leader rather than the weak sister we have today. It's a good tell on the Clintons, Bubba seems genuinely moved while Hillary sits there
looking positively reptilian, no doubt calculating what political advantage she can gravy train from the tragedy. God bless George Bush!

Posted by: bill at September 11, 2010 1:39 PM

You mean Bush called a mere "band of sorry men" actual enemies?

Oh my. How backward.

*sigh* I do miss him.

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! at September 11, 2010 4:02 PM

Why was it so easy to erase those words from so many minds of so many Americans?

-Take back the schools.

Posted by: Patvann at September 11, 2010 4:46 PM

God that was brilliant, both the speech, and the video trubute!

How can America fight for freedom when so many enemies of freedom are in DC?

Posted by: Kiril The Mad Macedonian at September 11, 2010 8:03 PM

Can you imagine the speech Obama would have given in the same circumstances ? I am so proud of George Bush, and so embarrassed by Barack Obama.

Posted by: tonynoboloney at September 11, 2010 8:55 PM

When I saw that service, when I saw the services colors' paraded out, I knew we were going to war.

I just got back from the Coast Guard Auxiliary conference (9th District, Central Region) - funny it was on 9/11 - and I recall something. Last year I put at the top of the bulletin board at work a small picture of the two towers burning, and over the top I wrote 'Lest We Forget'.*

It's still up there, no one has taken it down.

*Kipling - 'Recessional'.
http://www.web-books.com/Classics/Poetry/Anthology/Kipling/Recessional.htm

Posted by: Mikiey NTH at September 11, 2010 11:43 PM

"To save your world you asked this man to die; Would this man, could he see you now, ask why?" --Wystan H. Auden, Epitaph for an unknown soldier

I wonder if the silent dead at Arlington, onboard the USS Arizona, in the post cemetary at Mackinac Island - or in hundreds of other places marked and unmarked - would have a question for Audens? Something like "We knew what we were risking all for; why do you question whether it was worthwhile, why do you esteem what we have done for you so cheaply?"

What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. - Thomas Paine

Posted by: Mikey NTH at September 12, 2010 12:02 AM

Actually, the picture on the bulletin board is one on Instapundit's page - though in the black-and-white of the printer at work.

Funny, that.

Posted by: Mikey NTH at September 12, 2010 12:23 AM

I'm taken by how young GWB looks in the video. On that day, who would have thought that nine years on we would be so terribly divided?

Posted by: M*A at September 13, 2010 8:12 AM

Take back the Congress.
Take back the White House.
Take back the schools.
Destroy the media, and the rest of our enemies.

Posted by: sherlock at September 13, 2010 9:44 AM

Gerard,

Great post, about a great President.

On a different aspect though. Your blog appears to be "website non grata" in Australia. Specifically, Sydney, Port Douglas and Cairns. Both in I.E. and firefox browsers. 404 error in each of six instances.

Just got back home today, and I expect my ass to come dragging in behind me on a later flight. But it was a nice trip. If Aussies could be inculcated with a Bill Whittle form of Americanism, it'd be the new land of new beginnings.

If. Only.


Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at September 14, 2010 6:01 PM

After Bush gave that speech, I went back to church, hurting, wounded, with my husband who is not a churchman. We sat, waiting with great expectation, to hear a sermon that would console and uplift us. it never happened. What I heard instead was a sermon I'd heard years earlier, recycled, and with the added bonus of a plea for funds to help open the new Christian themed water park in Hungary. My husband and I just looked at each other in shock, and got up and left. Clearly, they hadn't learned anything about 9/11 the very week it happened.

Posted by: Jewel at September 15, 2010 1:48 PM

While at work on the anniversary of 9/11, the replay of the towers falling was on Fox News, which I make an effort to keep on. At any rate, a co-worker, who is Mexican, said she was tired of seeing the replay every year and that they needed to "let it go." I wanted to smash her face. I wanted to tell her to get her ass back to Mexico and a lot of other politically incorrect statements. Instead, I managed to collect my thoughts and tried to remain calm and told her, "we are doomed to repeat history if we do not learn something from it." She looked at me clueless. Enough said.

Posted by: Cilla Mitchell, Galveston Texas at September 17, 2010 4:32 AM

God, how I miss Bush. He was exactly what this country needed at a critical time in our history. I am sure if Obama would have been President during that time, he would have delivered a bland speech in his usual flat affect. Of course his fuggley wife with her smirk would have been standing in the back ground looking like the large troll she is.

Posted by: Cilla Mitchell, Galveston Texas at September 17, 2010 4:40 AM

...and not even a "Shout out" to anybody in attendance.
God Bless President Bush.

Posted by: Andrew at September 18, 2010 9:20 PM

I don't recall the Battle Hymn of the Republic playing during his speech. What a needless addition to this video!

Posted by: Jonathan at September 30, 2010 5:58 PM

Not during the speech, but I do remember it was part of the service.

Posted by: Rich Fader at October 6, 2010 12:06 PM
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