George W. Bush at Flight 93 Memorial: “One of the Lessons of 9-11 Is That Evil Is Real and So Is Courage” (Video)

George W. Bush spoke this afternoon at the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
It was a beautiful speech. One of his best.

Former U.S. president George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush bow their heads during ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attack in Shanksville, Pennsylvania September 10, 2011. (REUTERS/Jason Cohn)

Here is video of this wonderful speech.
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From his speech today:
On 9-11, “The most lives lost on American soil on a single day since the Battle of Antietam.”

“One of the lessons of 9-11 is that evil is real and so is courage.”

“At the moment American democracy was under attack our citizens defied their captors by holding a vote. The choice they made would cost them their lives. And they knew it. Many passengers called their loved ones to say good-bye. Then hung up to perform their final act.”

“The Flight 93 heroes led the first counter attack in the WAR ON TERROR.”

“The temptation of isolation is deadly wrong.”

Bush receives a standing ovation. Even Bill Clinton and Veep Joe Biden stood up.

UPDATE: Here is the full transcript.

“Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes, or in their offices; secretaries, businessmen and women, military and federal workers; moms and dads, friends and neighbors. 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. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed; our country is strong.

“A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.

“America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining.

“Today, our nation saw evil, the very worst of human nature. And we responded with the best of America — with the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbors who came to give blood and help in any way they could.

“Immediately following the first attack, I implemented our government’s emergency response plans. Our military is powerful, and it’s prepared. Our emergency teams are working in New York City and Washington, D.C. to help with local rescue efforts.

“Our first priority is to get help to those who have been injured, and to take every precaution to protect our citizens at home and around the world from further attacks.

“The functions of our government continue without interruption. Federal agencies in Washington which had to be evacuated today are reopening for essential personnel tonight, and will be open for business tomorrow. Our financial institutions remain strong, and the American economy will be open for business, as well.

“The search is underway for those who are behind these evil acts. I’ve directed the full resources of our intelligence and law enforcement communities to find those responsible and to bring them to justice. We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.

“I appreciate so very much the members of Congress who have joined me in strongly condemning these attacks. And on behalf of the American people, I thank the many world leaders who have called to offer their condolences and assistance.

“America and our friends and allies join with all those who want peace and security in the world, and we stand together to win the war against terrorism. Tonight, I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: ‘Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me.’

“This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time. None of us will ever forget this day. Yet, we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world.

“Thank you. Good night, and God bless America.”

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  • Sickofobama

    I just watched Bush on Fox.

    He spoke so eloquently and I’m sure made the families and friends of the victims of Flight 93 feel comforted.

    He received a stand ovation because Americans will remember Bush for his keeping the country safe.

    God bless you George W. Bush.

  • Dadzilla

    I miss being proud of my president.

  • gracepmc

    A President who loves his country and who will fight to defend it.

  • Gideon Reed

    George W. Bush.
    A decent man.
    A Presidental man.
    One whose name; whose entire
    personna, has never caused me
    to cringe, and feel the hot flush of shame, as does
    the current occupant of the Oval offfice.
    God Bless Sir.

  • Dittogirl

    President Bush shows us what a real man is. A real Patriot, a real caring human. He makes Zero look like the chump he is.

    What the hell was America thinking when they voted for the biggest Joker on earth? To this day I cant explain it, I cant figure it out. A false Messiah, we were warned about this.

    Its so hard to forgive the ones that did this to our fabulous nation.

  • Stuart

    Bush left a lot to be desired with regard to his policies. But as things stand now, God, God, God, do I miss him.

  • Tru

    Very moving and spoken from the heart.
    Where’s Obama, palying golf?

  • Ron

    Say what you want about President Bush, but he had the courage of his convictions. This man led and protected us for 8 years; as compared to barkey just playing golf and coddling the terrorists (or Man made disasters as he calls them). 2012 can’t come soon enough.

  • surfcitysocal

    I’m looking forward to you posting video.

  • T. Thompson

    The Sun stopped shining the day you left office and the Shadow of despair took over.
    Miss you still, always was, is and will be one Class Act. God Bless Him and the Classy First Lady Laura.

  • the real wow

    Thank you President Bush. You were there when the country needed you and the country will never forget.

  • Kate

    God bless George W. Bush. He will be vindicated by history. He loves our country and our military. Obama does not. I will never forgive MSM for how they treated Bush and how they treat Obama. They are not journalists. They are propagandists working for their party. They don’t put country first either.

  • Missy8s

    George Bush has the heart and soul of a leader, The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers does not.

    For all of George Bush’s faults (there were indeed a few) he will always be remembered for his skillful leadership in the war between good and evil.

    In my opinion his biggest mistake was letting Nanny Psychosi and Harry The Hat talk him into spending TRILLIONS on a manufactured “financial emergency”.

  • A to the X

    George W. Bush got it all wrong with his domestic policy, but he is a true patriot who cared about his country above all else. A real class act, unlike that poor excguse of a joke we have in the White House right now!

  • Hopeful

    “Evil is real”. So it is, and daring to say so is one reason Bush was constantly maligned by the left. College students have been and are being taught it isn’t real. When I taught in a University, I heard it so many times from students — there’s no such thing as evil. I wonder if any of them have changed their minds since?

  • Tjexcite

    According to Troofers this weekend should be an adversary of GWB greatest achievement. How he was able to pull it off and still 10 years out no one has the proof of anything. but that second part of needing proof will be missing when they yell stuff.

    Long Live George W. Bush.

  • a former dem

    It was a beautiful speech, a proAmerica speech, I miss him as president, compared to what’s there now.

    Bless you Mr. Bush, history will indeed be very kind to you. A beautiful speech.

  • NavyMom

    Pres. Bush’s speech was heartfelt, quiet, and filled with scripture. It moved me to tears.

    I miss him so very much.

  • owl

    For each of you that just has to point out George W Bush’s faults, I say a pox on you. The MSM and this constant Bushbashing is what gave us The One.

    You will never have your perfect president. Never. This is as close as it gets.

    Thank you President Bush. Many of us miss you. You are a great and decent man with courage.

  • Old Man of the Sea

    A President is only a human. You can be like this great man or you can be like Bozo. Pres. Bush had his faults, as do all humans but he loved his country and if he could run for the office again, I would be first to vote for him