9/11 Address to the Nation

This study guide will help you analyze George W. Bush's Address to the Nation on 9/11. You can also find a summary of the speech, as well as inspiration for discussing the text and putting it into perspective.

Presentation of the speech

Title: “9/11 Address to the Nation”
Speaker: George W. Bush
Where: The Oval Office of the White House, Washington D.C.
When: September 11, 2001, on the day when the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon took place. 

George Walker Bush (b. 1946) was the 43rd President of the US from 2001-2009. Before he became President, he was the Governor of Texas. 

September 11, 2001, was the day of the most devastating terrorist attack that the US has ever faced. A group of terrorist hijacked four aeroplanes, and they managed to both destroy the World Trade Center completely and do great damage to the Pentagon. Almost 3,000 people lost their lives in the attacks, and more than 6,000 were wounded. 

You can watch the speech here.


You can find a short excerpt from the study guide below:


At the beginning of the speech, Bush tries to inspire a sense of compassion and sorrow in the audience, as he describes the victims of the terrorist attacks in a relatable way: “The victims were in airplanes or in their offices: secretaries, business men and women, military and federal workers, moms and dads, friends and neighbors.” (ll. 5-7)

While describing the attacks (ll. 9-10), Bush creates a sense of sadness, surprise, and anger, reflecting the emotions most likely felt by those who witnessed the attacks.

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