As Americans cleared the rubble and mourned roughly 3,000 dead following the tragic Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, then-President George W. Bush did what best he could to nurse a broken nation back to health.
That effort truly took on legs in Manhattan on Sept. 14, when Bush draped his arm around retired firefighter Bob Beckwith amid the devastation at Ground Zero and delivered a powerful, emotional address now known as the “bullhorn speech,” according to KSAZ-TV.
“I want you all to know that America today,” Bush said, “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 good people of New York City and New Jersey and Connecticut as we mourn the loss of thousands of our citizens.”
As rescue crews stood amid the rubble, a voice cut through to the front of the crowd: