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The Thanks of a Grateful Nation

Author: Joel D. Hirst, International Affairs Fellow in Residence, 2010-2011
May 2, 2011
Fox News Latino


On September 14, 2001 – only three days after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center brought America to its knees – President George W. Bush delivered perhaps the most powerful presidential speech of the last generation, “I can hear you (...) and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon,” he said, later following up with “This conflict was begun on the timing and terms of others, it will end in a way and at an hour of our choosing." The 9/11 first responders, covered with soot and stained with sadness, responded to Presidential leadership with defiant chants of “USA, USA.”

Last night, on a chilly May evening in Washington, President Barack Obama proudly announced that, at long last, the mastermind of 9/11 had received our message, “Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden (...)

Over the last 10 years, thanks to the tireless and heroic work of our military and our counter-terrorism professionals, we've made great strides in that effort. We've disrupted terrorist attacks and strengthened our homeland defense.” A group of hundreds – many of whom were only children on 9/11 – convened in front of the White House with the same chants, “USA, USA.”

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