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Bush Seeks to Reassure Country About Threats
President Holds First Official Press Conference

By Ron Fournier
AP White House Correspondent
Thursday, October 11, 2001; 8:14 PM

President Bush said Thursday night that an FBI warning issued earlier in the day was the result of a "general threat" the government received. "I hope it's the last but given the attitude of the evildoers it may not be," he added.

At a prime time news conference at the White House, Bush sought to reassure Americans the government was doing all it could to make them safe. "If we receive specific intelligence that targets a specific building or city or facility, I can assure you our government will do everything possible to protect the citizens," he said.

Bush began his news confernece with a summary of the month-long war on terrorism. "It may take a year or two but we will prevail," he said.

Bush spoke at the first prime-time news conference of his presidency, but more importantly, one month to the day after terrorist attacks in New York and Washington murdered thousands, damaged the nation's economy and shattered its complacency.

In the month since, the president has labored to construct a foundation for an international war on terrorism, moving to choke off the funding essential for terrorists to carry out their strikes, lining up support from other nations, creating a new Office of Homeland Security and - beginning on Sunday - unleashing the nation's military.

The news conference capped a national day of remembrance. There were memorial services around the nation to remember the more than 5,000 people killed when suicide hijackers seized four commercial airliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania countryside.

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