President Bush visit the 101st Airborne in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky for Thanksgiving lunch yesterday. In his speech, Bush recalled that he had visited Ft. Campbell during the Thanksgiving holiday shortly after the 9/11 attacks.

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PRESIDENT BUSH: You know, we're getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving. I'm looking forward to it.


PRESIDENT BUSH: The day before my first Thanksgiving as your president, guess where I was.


PRESIDENT BUSH: Right here at Fort Campbell.


PRESIDENT BUSH: For those of you who weren't here, I can only say that watching a bunch of Screaming Eagles tear into turkey is quite a sight. (Laughter.)

That Thanksgiving came shortly after the worst terrorist attack in our nation's history. The war in Afghanistan had just begun. The Rakkasans were the first conventional brigade to join the battle.


PRESIDENT BUSH: That November day, I said: Once again, you have a rendezvous with destiny.

And today there is no doubt that you have held this motto, you have done your duty, and you have defended the United States of America. (Cheers, applause.)

Over the past seven years, folks from this base have done exactly what they were trained to do. The Screaming Eagles, the Night Stalkers, the 5th Special Forces Group have gone on the offense in the war against these killers and thugs. You have taken the battle of the terrorists overseas so we do not have to face them here in the United States. (Cheers, applause.)

You have helped counter the hateful ideology of tyranny and terror with a more hopeful vision of justice and liberty. You're part of the great ideological struggle of our time. With the soldiers at Fort Campbell out front, the forces of freedom and liberty will prevail.


PRESIDENT BUSH: The war on terror, the war against people who would do us harm again, is being waged on two main fronts -- Afghanistan and Iraq. In Afghanistan, we removed an oppressive regime that harbored the terrorists who planned the attacks that killed 3,000 folks on September the 11th, 2001. Because of our men and women in uniform, more than 25 million Afghans are free. Afghanistan is a democracy, an ally in the war on terror. And as a result of your courage, the American people are safer.

This video is from The Associated Press, broadcast Nov. 25, 2008.

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