Furthermore, while the American people were confused, most of the nation was simply weighed down by insurmountable grief, to which Bush responded with a comforting message. Thank you for coming, friend.
And tonight, a few miles from the damaged Pentagon, I have a message for our military: Be ready. No one should be singled out for unfair treatment or unkind words because of their ethnic background or religious faith. Even grief recedes with time and grace. Terror, unanswered, can not only bring down buildings, it can threaten the stability of legitimate governments.
Fellow citizens, we'll meet violence with patient justice -- assured of the rightness of our cause, and confident of the victories to come. Had we waited any longer to give this speech, it might not have been as affective, due to the fact that Americans would have remained confused and in the dark about what was happening to their homeland.
All in all, through his awareness of his audience and his future political goals, Bush is able to further the anger felt by Americans at the time. As a nation we all remember a horrific time in our history that occurred over thirteen years ago. They are recruited from their own nations and neighborhoods and brought to camps in places like Afghanistan, where they are trained in the tactics of terror.
We will come together to take active steps that strengthen America's economy, and put our people back to work. Essentially, both of these personas of President Bush provide him with a duel image: in one aspect, he is an American citizen just like us, however by contrast, he is also an authority figure that will protect his citizens.
The hour is coming when America will act, and you will make us proud.