Whether or not you were fan of his presidency, President George W. Bush certainly became America's leader when he stood atop a pile of what was once the World Trade Centers in New York City and declared through a bullhorn, "I can hear you! I can hear you! The rest of the world hears you! And the people — and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!"
For those who clearly remember the tragedies of September 11, 2001, that moment was a powerful and uplifting one amidst one of the most historic events of our lifetimes. Now, according to Dan Linden of ABC News, President Bush and First Lady Laura — who have stayed mostly out of the public eye during their retirement — have released a brief statement for the 15th anniversary of that fateful day:
"Laura and I join our fellow citizens in remembering the lives lost at Ground Zero, the Pentagon, and in Shanksville on September 11, 2001. We hold the victims of 9/11 and their families in our hearts, and on this fifteenth anniversary, we lift them up in our prayers. May God bless all who mourn, and may he continue to bless and watch over our great land."