Thursday, December 9, 2010
Close to Nowhere
“A day that will live in infamy...”
President Franklin D. Roosevelt: “Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy...
“FDR asks for a Declaration of War”
“The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941, stunned virtually everyone in the United States military.
Japan’s carrier-launched bombers found Pearl Harbor totally unprepared. President Franklin Roosevelt quickly addressed Congress to ask for a declaration of war.”
Tuesday morning, Dec. 7, 2010, I once again listened to FDR’s speech, on the Today show. I never fail to be stirred by those words.
So, I decided to Google what President Bush had to say on Sept. 11, 2001. Could a modern day president compare to such a talented orator as FDR?
I am not, nor have I ever been, a Bush (either one) fan. However, at the time, and once again hearing his speech, I was again, very proud to be an American.
One thing terrorists, etc., should always remember -- adversity does not drive Americans apart or scare us. Adversity brings us together and bonds our resolve to remain free.
Following is the first part of Bush’s address to the nation on 9/11:
As a non-Bush fan (I am an FDR fan, although he was before my time), those words have even more impact than FDR’s.
Pearl Harbor was a devasting act of war.
So was Ground Zero.
Remember our troops everywhere -- especially in Afghanistan. And be proud to be an American!
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