The events of September 11 altered our lives, the life of the nation, and the world. Americans responded to terror with resolve and determination, first recovering, now rebuilding, and, all the times, committing ourselves to protecting our people and preserving our freedom.
( George W. Bush on Gods Blessing. August 31, 2002. )
The events of 9/11 were epiphany for (George W.) Bush. After a single day's seclusion, the new president emerged transformed. From now on, he would be the decisive leader of a nation at war confronting a threat that was both immediate and mortal, the commander in chief of the world's only superpower.
( Zbigniew Brzezinski, Second Chance. 2007, 136. )