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President George W. Bush made a visit to Ground Zero three days after Sept. 11, 2001, and made perhaps the most iconic speech of his presidency.


The president’s staff had originally rejected the idea of Bush giving a speech at Ground Zero. But when Bush arrived, he decided to do it anyways.

Bob Beckwith, a retired firefighter, was standing on top of a truck when suddenly a hand reached out. As Beckwith pulled the man up, he realized he had just helped the president of the United States.

There was no sound system, which forced the president to use a bullhorn. What followed was a completely impromptu speech that, even today, is still incredibly powerful.

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