September 20, 2001; Leadership on display

Phil Boehmke
America was still in a state of shock when President George W. Bush addressed our nation before a joint session of Congress on the night of September 20, 2011.  As the President spoke I felt a deep sense of pride in his leadership and for the first time since the terrorist attack nine days earlier my faith in America was restored.  Looking back on that evening and our President's speech a number of powerful images stand out in my memory.   President Bush began by addressing the state of our union:   We have seen it in the courage of passengers, who rushed terrorists to save others on the ground--passengers like an exceptional man named Todd Beamer.  And would you please help me to welcome his wife, Lisa Beamer, here tonight.  We have seen the state of our Union in the endurance of rescuers, working past exhaustion.  We've seen the unfurling of flags, the light of candles, the giving of blood, the saying of prayers--in English, Hebrew, and...(Read Full Post)

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