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President Bush Addresses Possible Terrorist Attacks

Aired September 11, 2001 - 09:30   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
LEON HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: President Bush is speaking.

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: ... America. I, unfortunately, will be going back to Washington after my remarks. Secretary Rod Paige and lieutenant governor will take the podium and discuss education.

I do want to thank the folks here at the Booker Elementary School for their hospitality.

Today we've had a national tragedy. Two airplanes have crashed into the World Trade Center in an apparent terrorist attack on our country. I have spoken to the vice president, to the governor of New York, to the director of the FBI, and I've ordered that the full resources of the federal government go to help the victims and their families and to conduct a full-scale investigation to hunt down and to find those folks who committed this act.

Terrorism against our nation will not stand.

And now if you join me in a moment of silence.

May God bless the victims, their families and America. Thank you very much.

(APPLAUSE)

(END VIDEOTAPE)

HARRIS: President Bush there speaking in Sarasota, Florida, cutting short his stop there, saying that an apparent terrorist attack has occurred on U.S. soil, the two planes that have crashed into the World Trade Center this morning.

He says a full scale investigation is under way to hunt down those responsible for this, saying terrorism will not stand.

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