Thoughts by George W. Bush
Thoughts by George W. Bush:
I ask you to uphold the values of America and remember why so many have come here. We’re in a fight for our principles, and our first responsibility is to live by them. No one should be singled out for unfair treatment or unkind words because of their ethnic background or religious faith.
Americans understand we fight not a religion; ours is not a campaign against the Muslim faith. Ours is a campaign against evil.
…the role of the military is to fight and win war and, therefore, prevent war from happening in the first place.
We must show new energy in fighting back an old evil. Nearly two centuries after the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, and more than a century after slavery was officially ended in its last strongholds, the trade in human beings for any purpose must not be allowed to thrive in our time.
The terrorists are fighting freedom with all their cunning and cruelty because freedom is their greatest fear – and they should be afraid, because freedom is on the march.
American foreign policy must be more than the management of crisis. It must have a great and guiding goal: to turn this time of American influence into generations of democratic peace.
I would never use God to promote foreign policy decisions. I recognize that in the eyes of an almighty, I am a lowly sinner, and I ask for strength and wisdom and I pray for calmness when the seas are storming, and I pray for others.
The fundamental question is, ‘Will I be a successful president when it comes to foreign policy?’ I will be, but until I’m the president, it’s going to be hard for me to verify that I think I’ll be more effective.
Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September the 11th; malicious lies that attempt to shift the blame away from the terrorists, themselves, away from the guilty.
It’s amazing I won. I was running against peace, prosperity, and incumbency.” —George W. Bush, June 14, 2001, speaking to Swedish Prime Minister Goran Perrson, unaware that a live television camera was still rolling.
I’ve got a great sense of where I want to lead and I’m comfortable with why I’m running. And, you know, the call on that speech was, beware. This is going to be a tough campaign.
Then I went for a run with the other dog and just walked. And I started thinking about a lot of things. I was able to – I can’t remember what it was. Oh, the inaugural speech, started thinking through that.
I feel like God wants me to run for president. I can’t explain it, but I sense my country is going to need me. Something is going to happen. I know it won’t be easy on me or my family, but God wants me to do it.
Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.
Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing, have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness and a quiet, unyielding anger.