THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
September 12, 2001
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
IN PHOTO OPPORTUNITY WITH THE NATIONAL SECURITY TEAM
The Cabinet Room
10:53 A.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: I have just completed a meeting with my national
security team, and we have received the latest intelligence updates.
The deliberate and deadly attacks which were carried
out yesterday against our country were more than acts of terror.
They were acts of war. This will require our country to unite
in steadfast determination and resolve. Freedom and democracy
are under attack.
The American people need to know that we’re facing
a different enemy than we have ever faced. This enemy hides in
shadows, and has no regard for human life. This is an enemy who
preys on innocent and unsuspecting people, then runs for cover.
But it won’t be able to run for cover forever. This is an enemy
that tries to hide. But it won’t be able to hide forever. This
is an enemy that thinks its harbors are safe. But they won’t be
This enemy attacked not just our people, but all
freedom-loving people everywhere in the world. The United States
of America will use all our resources to conquer this enemy. We
will rally the world. We will be patient, we will be focused,
and we will be steadfast in our determination.
This battle will take time and resolve. But make
no mistake about it: we will win.
The federal government and all our agencies are
conducting business. But it is not business as usual. We are operating
on a heightened security alert. America is going forward, and
as we do so, we must remain keenly aware of the threats to our
country. Those in authority should take appropriate precautions
to protect our citizens.
But we will not allow this enemy to win the war
by changing our way of life or restricting our freedoms. This
morning, I am sending to Congress a request for emergency funding
authority, so that we are prepared to spend whatever it takes
to rescue victims, to help the citizens of New York City and Washington,
D.C. respond to this tragedy, and to protect our national security.
I want to thank the members of Congress for their
unity and support. America is united. The freedom-loving nations
of the world stand by our side. This will be a monumental struggle
of good versus evil. But good will prevail.
Thank you very much.
END 10:56 A.M. EDT