THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
September 11, 2001
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT UPON ARRIVAL AT BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE
Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana
THE PRESIDENT: I want to reassure the American people that the full
resources of the federal government are working to assist local
authorities to save lives and to help the victims of these attacks.
Make no mistake: The United States will hunt down and punish those
responsible for these cowardly acts.
I’ve been in regular contact with the Vice President, the Secretary
of Defense, the national security team and my Cabinet. We have taken
all appropriate security precautions to protect the American people.
Our military at home and around the world is on high alert status,
and we have taken the necessary security precautions to continue
the functions of your government.
We have been in touch with the leaders of Congress and with world
leaders to assure them that we will do whatever is necessary to
protect America and Americans.
I ask the American people to join me in saying a thanks for all
the folks who have been fighting hard to rescue our fellow citizens
and to join me in saying a prayer for the victims and their families.
The resolve of our great nation is being tested. But make no mistake:
We will show the world that we will pass this test. God bless.