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KWAME HOLMAN: Meeting with his advisors at Camp David this morning, President Bush said the government is prepared to do whatever is necessary to win a war against terrorism.
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: There’s no question about it — this act will not stand. We will find who did it. We will smoke them out of their holes; we will get them running; and we will bring them to justice. We will not only deal with those who dare attack America, we will deal with those who harbor them, and feed them, and house them. Make no mistake about it, underneath our… Underneath our tears is the strong determination of America to win this war. And we will win it.
KWAME HOLMAN: For the first time, the President himself said suspicion centers on Osama bin Laden.
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: There is no question he is what we would call a prime suspect. And if he thinks he can hide and run from the United States and our allies, he will be sorely mistaken. My message is for everybody who wears the uniform to get ready. The United States will do what it takes to win this war.
KWAME HOLMAN: Earlier in his weekly radio address, the President gave his view of the task ahead.
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: This will be a different kind of conflict against a different kind of enemy. This is a conflict without battlefields or beachheads, a conflict with opponents who believe they are invisible. Yet they are mistaken. They will be exposed, and they will discover what others in the past have learned: Those who make war against the United States have chosen their own destruction. I will not settle for a token act; our response must be sweeping, sustained and effective. We have much to do and much to ask of the American people. You will be asked for your patience, for the conflict will not be short. You will be asked for resolve, for the conflict will not be easy. You will be asked for your strength because the course to victory may be long.
KWAME HOLMAN: Today’s response to the presidential radio address came from New York’s Democratic Senators– Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer.
SEN. CHARLES SCHUMER: The terrorist attack that occurred Tuesday were as the 21st century Pearl Harbor. Like after Pearl Harbor, we need to be resolute in the months and years to come, until we secure the unconditional surrender of the terrorists and those that harbor them.
KWAME HOLMAN: In Washington, officials released Defense Department video of the damaged section of the Pentagon including the first views from the inside. Walls near the jetliner impact showed gaping holes, offices ruined by the water used to put out fires, others covered in soot. Officials say 48 bodies have been recovered of 189 the Pentagon now says died here on Tuesday. Today Pentagon officials said the death toll and the damage would have been far worse if not for recent renovations to that section of the building– part of an ongoing effort to fortify the entire building against attack. The manager in charge of the renovation said the new design protected two of his own employees.
LEE EVEY: Being 50 or 75 feet away, they heard a tremendous noise and they were shaken a bit. They don’t have a scratch on them. Immediately, the area was filled with black smoke. These two individuals were on the fifth floor on their hands and knees. They crawled through every office on the fifth floor making sure that anybody that was alive got out. This structure held, did not collapse for about 30 to 35 minutes. It gave them the time do that, and it gave people in the building time to escape the area; even if they were injured, they had an opportunity to get out.
KWAME HOLMAN: Estimates of the costs to restore the damaged section of the Pentagon run well into the range of several hundred million dollars. Officials say that process probably won’t begin for another month. Today also brought the first funerals. Near Washington, 1,500 mourned the wife of the United States Solicitor General aboard the Pentagon jetliner. And in New York, the city’s fire department chaplain was remembered.