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America's New War: Public Reaction to President's Address

Aired September 21, 2001 - 05:11   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: And it didn't take very long for the public to react to the president's address last night.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I felt that it was a very reasoned speech, and I was not all that surprised with the conclusions that came out of that. I think the violation that took place last Tuesday, we'd all hoped there'd be some immediate satisfaction in the form of identification of the perpetrators and some kind of immediate response. But when -- to give him the time to think about what we're up against, and he's preparing the nation for what the reality of the situation is.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think it's very important that we take the cooperation that we've received in the region with open arms, and that we don't demand too much from these nations in that part of the world, because we can't create a new enemy. We need them as friends. And we need to seek justice and not revenge.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And he covered all the ground -- talked about, you know, the peace and the war and the conflict. And he covered everything that there was to cover on it. I'm very impressed.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I guess I'm just comforted by the fact that we are trying to find out who the real perpetrators are, and we're not going to impose the same feelings of helplessness that they've imposed on us by taking civilian lives and killing women and children.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm just glad that he was able to -- that he has a plan, and he's got goals -- measurable goals -- even though I think the road to getting there is going to be a bit difficult and there's going to be some plans that are going to be a lot different than any other war that we've -- that we've fought before -- any other conflict.

The other part I liked was that he was telling the American people and the world that this war -- this conflict -- is not against any political or racial or religious, you know, entity -- it's against fanatical people.

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