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    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 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 safe forever.
    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 
    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 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, DC, 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.

Note: The President spoke at 10:53 a.m. in the Cabinet Room at the White 

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Week Ending Friday, September 14, 2001
Remarks While Touring Damage at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia

September 12, 2001

    The Secretary and I--first of all, I must tell you I am overwhelmed 
by the devastation.
    I am so grateful for the people who are working here. We're here to 
say thanks to not only the workers on this site but the workers who are 
doing the same work in New York City. I want to say thanks to the folks 
who have given blood to the Red Cross. I

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want to say thanks for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who pray 
for the victims and their families.
    Secretary Rumsfeld told me, when I talked to him, that he felt the 
blast shake the Pentagon; even though he was on the other side of the 
building, the building rocked. And now I know why.
    Coming here makes me sad, on the one hand; it also makes me angry. 
Our country will, however, not be cowed by terrorists, by people who 
don't share the same values we share, by people who are willing to 
destroy people's lives because we embrace freedom. The Nation mourns, 
but our Government will go on; the country will function. We are on high 
alert for possible activity.
    But coming here confirms what the Secretary and I both know, that 
this is a great Nation. People here working hard prove it; people out 
here working their hearts out to answer families' questions, to remove 
the rubble and debris from this office. I want to thank everybody not 
only on this site but all across America for responding so generously, 
so kindly, in their prayers, in their contributions of love and their 
willingness to help in any way they can.

Note: The President spoke at 5:53 p.m. at the site of the attack.

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Week Ending Friday, September 14, 2001
Memorandum on Excused Absence and Assistance to Federal Employees 
Affected by the Attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon

September 12, 2001

Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies

Subject: Excused Absence and Assistance to Federal Employees Affected by 
the Attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon

    I am deeply saddened and outraged by the loss of life and suffering 
caused by the attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City and the 
Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. I convey my deepest sympathy and 
heartfelt sorrow to our fellow Americans and their families who have 
been affected by these senseless acts of violence. Many parts of the 
Federal Government have been mobilized to respond to this tragedy.
    As part of this effort, I ask the heads of executive departments and 
agencies having Federal civilian employees in the affected areas to 
excuse from duty, without charge to leave or loss of pay, any such 
employee who is prevented from reporting to work or faced with a 
personal emergency because of the terrorist attacks and who can be 
spared from his or her usual responsibilities. This policy should also 
be applied to any employee who is needed for emergency law enforcement, 
relief, or recovery efforts authorized by Federal, State, or local 
officials having jurisdiction.
    I have directed the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the 
Department of Labor to establish teams of specialists to assist with 
Federal benefits and workers' compensation claims of those employees who 
were injured or killed in the attacks.
    Finally, I have directed OPM to establish an emergency leave 
transfer program to assist employees affected by this major disaster. 
The emergency leave transfer program will permit employees in an 
executive agency to donate unused annual leave for transfer to employees 
of the same or other agencies who have been adversely affected by the 
attacks and who need additional time off from work without having to use 
their own paid leave.
                                                George W. Bush

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Week Ending Friday, September 14, 2001
Memorandum on Continuation of the Exercise of Certain Authorities Under 
the Trading With the Enemy Act

September 12, 2001

 Presidential Determination No. 2001-26

Memorandum for the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury

Subject: Continuation of the Exercise of Certain Authorities Under the 
Trading With the Enemy Act

    Under section 101(b) of Public Law 95-223 (91 Stat. 1625; 50 U.S.C. 
App. 5(b) note), and a previous determination on September 12, 2000 (65 
Fed. Reg. 55883), the exercise

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of certain authorities under the Trading With the Enemy Act is scheduled 
to terminate on September 14, 2001.
    I hereby determine that the continuation for 1 year of the exercise 
of those authorities with respect to the applicable countries is in the 
national interest of the United States.
    Therefore, pursuant to the authority vested in me by section 101(b) 
of Public Law 95-223, I continue for 1 year, until September 14, 2002, 
the exercise of those authorities with respect to countries affected by:
(1)          the Foreign Assets Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 500;
(2)          the Transaction Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 505; 
(3)          the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 515.
    The Secretary of the Treasury is authorized and directed to publish 
this determination in the Federal Register.
                                                George W. Bush

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 12:37 p.m., September 

Note: This memorandum was published in the Federal Register on September 

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Week Ending Friday, September 14, 2001
Letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives Requesting 
Supplemental Appropriations To Address the September 11 Terrorist 

September 12, 2001


    Yesterday, evil and despicable acts of terror were perpetrated 
against our fellow citizens. Our way of life, indeed our very freedom, 
came under attack. Our first priority is to respond swiftly and surely. 
We need to do so in a way that will make Americans proud, especially 
those heroes who are struggling so valiantly to deal with yesterday's 
    Immediate steps are being taken to protect our citizens at home and 
around the world. I implemented our Government's emergency response 
plans, and the functions of our Government continue without 
interruption. I have directed the full resources of our intelligence and 
law enforcement communities to find those responsible and to bring them 
to justice.
    Now Congress must act. I ask the Congress to immediately pass and 
send to me the enclosed request for $20,000,000,000 in FY 2001 emergency 
appropriations to provide resources to address the terrorist attacks on 
the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001, and the 
consequences of such attacks. Passing this supplemental appropriations 
bill without delay will send a powerful signal of unity to our fellow 
Americans and to the world. If additional resources are necessary, I 
will forward another request for additional funding.
    I designate the entire amount as an emergency requirement pursuant 
to section 251(b)(2)(A) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit 
Control Act of 1985, as amended.
                                                George W. Bush

Note: This letter was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on 
September 13. The transcript released by the Office of the Press 
Secretary also included the request for $20 billion in FY 2001 emergency 

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Week Ending Friday, September 14, 2001
Remarks in a Telephone Conversation With New York City Mayor Rudolph 
Giuliani and New York Governor George Pataki and an Exchange With 

September 13, 2001

    President Bush. Good morning, men.
    Mayor Giuliani. Good morning, Mr. President.
    Governor Pataki. Good morning, Mr. President.
    President Bush. Thank you all very much for taking my phone call. 
First of all, I can't tell you how sad I am, and America is, for the 
people of New York City and the tri-state area. I want to let you know 
there is a quiet anger in America that really is real.
    Also, though, I can't tell you how proud I am of the good citizens 
of your part of the world and the extraordinary job you all are doing. 
You're doing, really, a great job on

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behalf of the citizens of New York City, New York State, and in the tri-
state area. So I want to thank you very much for your leadership and 
    Mayor Giuliani. Thank you, Mr. President.
    President Bush. Secondly, I've been in touch with you all. You've 
extended me a kind invitation to come to New York City. I accept. I'll 
be there tomorrow afternoon, after the prayer service at the National 
Cathedral. I look forward to joining with both of you in thanking the 
police and fire, the construction trade workers, the restaurant owners, 
the volunteers--all of whom have really made a huge display for the 
world to see of the compassion of America and the bravery of America and 
the strength of America.
    Every world leader I've talked to in recent days has been impressed 
by what they have seen about our Nation and the fabric of our Nation. 
And I want to thank everybody when I come; so thank you for your 
    Governor Pataki. Well, Mr. President, thank you for coming to New 
York. I'm sure it's going to be a great inspiration to all of us and, 
particularly, those thousands of men and women still downtown trying to 
help us with the rescue efforts.
    I also want to thank you for all the help we've gotten from the 
Federal Government--it's been tremendous--and for your words. You are 
right, our Nation is united as never before, and we will triumph over 
this evil with your leadership and your inspiration. And I also have to 
congratulate the mayor for the tremendous effort he has made.
    Mr. President, you would be proud of the leadership and the 
cooperation we've seen here. The city has taken the lead. Your people 
have been enormously supportive, and we're very grateful.
    President Bush. Well, thanks, George and Rudy; thank you all. I know 
you've put in a request, and I've directed the Attorney General to 
expedite any payments of benefits for those fallen public safety 
officers to their families, any benefits to their families. And the 

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