Former President George W. Bush
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On the morning of September 12, President Bush woke up to a changed country and new priorities. "My mission was to protect the people," he says. "We had to find out who the enemy was, what the enemy was thinking, what the plans of the enemy were."

Although threats were pouring in, President Bush says he was never feared for his safety. "I'm pretty fatalistic about it in the sense that, if it's time to go, it's time to go. And I'll be ready," he says. "I was afraid for the country."

President Bush says walking into Ground Zero was like walking into hell. "There was water and dust and soot," he says. "I got in there with the firefighters and first responders and police, and there's a palpable feeling of anger and revenge and raw emotion. I did the best I could do to comfort to them and tell them how proud we were of them. It was a very emotional moment."

FROM: Former President George Bush on His Most Difficult Decisions
Published on November 09, 2010

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