When President George W. Bush was elected amid a voting controversy, there were questions about his support. More than half the voters had cast ballots for Al Gore. There were concerns whether Bush could pull the country together.
On Sept. 11 a terrorist attack on American soil united the country more than any leader could. It was a unity formed from our fear and shock as thousands of our people lost their lives. Now it has become a unity forged out of anger and resolve.
It will take a leader of considerable strength to maintain that unity and that is the challenge facing Bush. It is a challenge he likely did not expect. Who would have guessed our mighty country was this susceptible to the kind of violence we thought occurred only on foreign soil?
On Thursday, Bush proved to be a leader who cannot only keep the country united but can unite the world in the quest to do away with those who would commit such evil acts against innocent people.