Section 9 - The Famous Quotes
Fasttrack to America's Past
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The quotes, top to bottom:

1.  "Let's roll!"

   These were among the final words heard from a group of passengers in a jetliner over Pennsylvania as they attempted to stop terrorists who had taken control of the aircraft.  It was Sept. 11, 2001.  The passengers, secretly using cell phones, learned that other hijacked jetliners had just been flown into the World Trade Center towers.  The passengers decided to try to stop the hijackers on their flight.  (The terrorists probably intended to crash the airplane into the White House or the Capitol.) 
   The wife of one of the passengers, listening at home to the still-connected cell phone, heard the group saying a prayer together, followed by the words, "Let's roll!"
   The jetliner crashed into a field, apparently as a result of the passengers' fight to stop the terrorists.  As the story of their heroism spread, the passengers' last words seemed to many people to be a particularly noble expression of the American spirit.

2.  "The lesson of 9/11 is that..."

   New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani declared this as the take-away message about America in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.  Giuliani won widespread praise during the crisis for his inspiring words and his tireless efforts to co-ordinate the response by emergency crews, city departments, hospitals, and many other groups.

3.  "Every nation in every region..."

   These words by President George W. Bush after the 9/11 attacks made clear his determination to go after terrorists and any nations that gave terrorism support.

4.  "Hope and Change"

   These words were the campaign slogan of presidential candidate Barack Obama as he ran for the White House in 2008.  Short and to-the-point, yet without making any specific promises, it helped him tap into widespread dissatisfaction among many voters that election year.

5.  "We will outstretch the hand..."

   President Obama made this pledge as a gesture of peace and goodwill to the people and nations of the Middle East.  After becoming president, he travelled to that region to meet with leaders and make clear that Americans respected the concerns of that part of the world.  While his visits were welcomed by most people, the radical Islamic groups and their supporters in the Middle East showed no interest in giving up their strategy of terrorism.


The pictures, top to bottom:

1.  The World Trade Center towers in New York City, destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001 by terrorists organized by the radical Islamic terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.  The terrorists flew two jetliners into the towers, and a third into the Pentagon building just outside Washington, D.C. 
   Over 3,000 people were killed in the attacks, including those on a fourth jetliner that crashed in Pennsylvania when passengers on board mounted a heroic fight to stop the terrorists who had seized control of the aircraft.

2.  President George W. Bush, with the World Trade Center shown burning from the 9/11 attacks in the background of the drawing.  President Bush visited the still-smouldering site three days after the attacks to rally the spirit of the nation.  With a bullhorn in hand, he put his arm around an elderly firefighter and thanked all the first responders, telling them they were in the nation's prayers.  As he spoke, the crowd began chanting in response, "USA! USA!"

3.  President Barack Obama, who took office after President George W. Bush.  He was the nation's first African America president.  He ran as the candidate of the Democratic Party.  He generally favored policies on the liberal side of politics, such as greater federal government involvement in health care to help low-income families.

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