President George W. Bush visited Groud Zero following the horrific Islamic terrorist attacks on 9/11, 15 years ago on Sunday, reassuring a nation in shock and mourning.
It was perhaps the most memorable moment of the Bush administration, and of his presidency, at a time when America needed a leader to begin the healing of a nation.
“I want you all to know that America today — America today — is on bended knee in prayer for the people whose lives were lost here, for the workers who work here, for the families who mourn,” Bush told the responders. “The nation stands with the good people of New York City and New Jersey and Connecticut as we mourn the loss of thousands of our citizens,” he proclaimed.
Standing amongst the rubble and aftermath with New York City’s first responders, this historic moment reached its pinnacle when someone far back in the crowd yelled at George W. Bush, “We can’t hear you.”
In an unscripted and spontaneous moment, Bush, standing tall with his arm around a NYC fireman, shouted into his bullhorn.
“I can hear you! I can hear you! The rest of the world hears you! And the people…and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!”