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Old 09-12-2002, 02:23 PM   #1
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I thought President Bush's speech at Ellis Island last night was very moving and a somewhat uplifting end to a somber day. For those who did not see it and would like to know what he said, here is the text of his remarks:

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Good evening.

A long year has passed since enemies attacked our country. We have seen the images so many times they are seared on our souls, and remembering the horror, reliving the anguish, reimagining the terror, is hard — and painful.

For those who lost loved ones, it has been a year of sorrow, of empty places, of newborn children who will never know their fathers here on earth. For members of our military, it has been a year of sacrifice, and service far from home. For all Americans, it has been a year of adjustment — of coming to terms with the difficult knowledge that our nation has determined enemies, and that we are not invulnerable to their attacks.

Yet in the events that have challenged us, we have also seen the character that will deliver us. We have seen the greatness of America in airline passengers who defied their hijackers and ran a plane into the ground to spare the lives of others. We have seen the greatness of America in rescuers who rushed up flights of stairs toward peril. And we continue to see the greatness of America in the care and compassion our citizens show to each other.

September 11th, 2001, will always be a fixed point in the life of America. The loss of so many lives left us to examine our own. Each of us was reminded that we are here only for a time, and these counted days should be filled with things that last and matter: love for our families, love for our neighbors, and for our country; gratitude for life and to the giver of life. We resolved a year ago to honor every last person lost. We owe them remembrance, and we owe them more. We owe them, and their children, and our own, the most enduring monument we can build: A world of liberty and security made possible by the way America leads, and by the way Americans lead our lives.

The attack on our nation was also an attack on the ideals that make us a nation. Our deepest national conviction is that every life is precious, because every life is the gift of a creator who intended us to live in liberty and equality. More than anything else, this separates us from the enemy we fight. We value every life; our enemies value none — not even the innocent; not even their own. And we seek the freedom and opportunity that give meaning and value to life. There is a line in our time, and in every time, between those who believe that all men are created equal, and those who believe that some men, and women, and children, are expendable in the pursuit of power. There is a line in our time, and in every time, between the defenders of human liberty, and those who seek to master the minds and souls of others. Our generation has now heard history's call, and we will answer it.

America has entered a great struggle that tests our strength, and even more our resolve. Our nation is patient and steadfast. We continue to pursue the terrorists in cities, and camps, and caves across the earth. We are joined by a great coalition of nations to rid the world of terror. And we will not allow any terrorist or tyrant to threaten civilization with weapons of mass murder. Now and in the future, Americans will live as free people, not in fear, and never at the mercy of any foreign plot or power.

This nation has defeated tyrants and liberated death camps, raised this lamp of liberty to every captive land. We have no intention of ignoring or appeasing history's latest gang of fanatics trying to murder their way to power. They are discovering, as others before them, the resolve of a great country and a great democracy. In the ruins of two towers, under a flag unfurled at the Pentagon, at the funerals of the lost, we have made a sacred promise, to ourselves and to the world: We will not relent until justice is done and our nation is secure. What our enemies have begun, we will finish.

I believe there is a reason that history has matched this nation with this time. America strives to be tolerant and just. We respect the faith of Islam, even as we fight those whose actions defile that faith. We fight, not to impose our will, but to defend ourselves and extend the blessings of freedom.

We cannot know all that lies ahead. Yet we do know that God has placed us together in this moment, to grieve together, to stand together, to serve each other and our country. And the duty we have been given — defending America and our freedom — is also a privilege we share.

We are prepared for this journey. And our prayer tonight is that God will see us through, and keep us worthy.

Tomorrow is September the 12th. A milestone is passed, and a mission goes on. Be confident. Our country is strong. And our cause is even larger than our country. Ours is the cause of human dignity: freedom guided by conscience, and guarded by peace. This ideal of America is the hope of all mankind. That hope drew millions to this harbor. That hope still lights our way. And the light shines in the darkness. And the darkness will not overcome it.

May God bless America.
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Old 09-13-2002, 06:02 AM   #2
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Just out of curiosity does he write his own speeches, or does he have people who write them for him?
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Old 09-13-2002, 06:03 AM   #3
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Thanks for posting this btw, I wasn't trying to be a smart ass, I'm seriously curious.

This just made me remember something I had wondered a couple days ago
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Old 09-13-2002, 02:10 PM   #4
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He has someone write for him. There's actually a special staff that does the writing and the president sometimes contributes and sometimes don't.
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Old 09-13-2002, 07:07 PM   #5
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of course that somebody wrote the speech to Bush, he hardly can articulate two words.
here is another article from another leader Jean Chretien, not too famous because her wisdom, but beside Bush is a genius, and are his words is from an interview.

Please Read this!!!! finally a leader of the "western world" is trying to give a reasonable explanation (he is not excusing the terrorists, don't get confused) on WHY the terrorist attacks could have happened, and not only is complaining about the evilness of the terrorists or looking for revenge. His name is JEAN CHRETIEN and is the Prime Minister of Canada.
Read it is extremely interesting



Canada PM Links Sept. 11 to 'Arrogant' West

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Old 09-13-2002, 07:29 PM   #6
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I'm sure Bush has a team of speech writers. All politicians do.

And I wouldn't say Bush can hardly articulate two words, he just sounds like a Southerner.
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Jorge - I wouldn't mind making some comments about that article, if you post a separate thread for it.

I don't want to ruin the intent of the thread starter by talking about it here.
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Ok, Rebecca, so let's delete our posts about Chretien, ok?

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I've always said : Jean certaintly has his drawbacks, but at least the man can articulate himself in two languages. Unlike some people who struggle with one


I was fairly sure that Bush had a speech writer, but I'm not totally familiar with all the ways of the US government and thought I should ask before I assumed that there was no way he'd have come up with that.

It doesn't change that it was a pretty nice speech, from whoever wrote it.
Poor Bush, always the goat. And actually, since he's from Texas, he probably speaks some Spanish.

There's no telling whether or not Bush could write a speech like that if he had to, but politicians are so busy (whether they really are, or are just pretending to be) that they all have several speech writers and advisors and secretaries and stuff. I don't know if you get this in Canada or not, but the TV show The West Wing is really good to watch to get an idea of how things work in DC.
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Bush can't speak spanish (well, he tries) but his spanish is worse than awful.
his brother (the florida governor) speaks pretty well spanish, but George Bush Spanish's simply suckx (or worse)
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oops - dr marly I deleted that post after I saw Jorge had moved the article, in an attempt to keep this a "nice speech" thread

my bad I should have scrolled down to see if anyone had replied to it first.
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Bush can't speak spanish (well, he tries) but his spanish is worse than awful.
his brother (the florida governor) speaks pretty well spanish, but George Bush Spanish's simply suckx (or worse)
Hey, at least he tries, right? After all, English is the one and only official language in Texas; I give him props for even bothering with it when he doesn't have to.

And if I'm not mistaken, Jeb's wife is actually Cuban (or of Cuban descent) so I should certainly hope he has a better grasp on Spanish than Dubya.
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Hey, at least he tries, right? After all, English is the one and only official language in Texas; I give him props for even bothering with it when he doesn't have to.

And if I'm not mistaken, Jeb's wife is actually Cuban (or of Cuban descent) so I should certainly hope he has a better grasp on Spanish than Dubya.
if you, as a normal citizen speaks just one language is not good but is not a big deal either. But if you are the president of a big nation, as is USA, you should expect a president pretty well educated with a high profile. because is the man who will take the most important decisions for his country and in many aspects for the entire world.
But the spanish of George W. Bush (being Texan, where lives millions of spanish-speakers) is extremely bad. I mean, a normal guy with 3 months studying in any school of languages in Latin America or Spain, can speak spanish better than him. (i am not joking)

And, not, the wife of Jeb Bush is not Cuban but Mexican, from a very small town of the mexican state of Guanajuato (my state) btw her name is Columba.

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