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In the days following the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001, President George W. Bush traveled to Ground Zero to visit rescue workers.
Bush spoke through a megaphone, saying, “I want you all to know that 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. This nation stands with the great people of New York City, and New Jersey, and Connecticut, as we mourn the loss of thousands of our citizens.”
“Go get em George!” one man said, as others in the crowd couldn’t appear to hear the president.
“I can hear you!” Bush responded. “I can hear you! The rest of the world hears you!”
“And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!”
The crowd erupted into cheers.
Wednesday is the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York City and at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.
The attacks killed over 3,000 people and permanently changed world politics, leading the United States to invade Afghanistan in order to root out al-Qaeda terrorists living and training in the country.
Although some Americans later soured on Bush, he had sky-high approval ratings after the attacks in 2001, hitting a high at 92% approval.
In order to restore public confidence, Bush memorably threw the first pitch during a World Series game at Yankee Stadium in New York, leading to a “USA!” chant from the crowd.