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Bush Tours World Trade Center Rubble - 2001-09-14

President Bush toured the wreckage of the World Trade Center Friday. He met with rescue workers on the site of the buildings destroyed in Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

Surrounded by firefighers and volunteer rescue workers, the president spoke through a bullhorn, telling the crowd that America is on bended knee in prayer for the thousands of people who lost their lives at the World Trade Center. "The nation sends its love and compassion to everybody who is here," he said. "Thank you for your hard work. Thank you for making the nation proud. And may God bless America."

President Bush walked through the rubble of the twin towers that once defined New York's skyline and are now a pile of twisted steel. On this national day of remembrance for those killed, the President said, "Our purpose as a nation is firm, yet our wounds as a people are recent and unhealed and lead us to pray."

He said war has been waged on America by stealth and deceit and murder. While the conflict was begun on the timing and terms of others, President Bush vowed it will end in a way and at an hour of America's choosing.