Bush: 'Loving Guy' with Tough Job to Do

July 7, 2008 - 7:19 PM

(CNSNews.com) - "We have just seen the first war of the 21st century," President George W. Bush told reporters Thursday morning.

He said he is confident that he has the support of world leaders, many of whom he has called, or plans to call, as he works on a plan to strike back at the terrorists.

"I am pleased with the outpouring of support," Bush said of his phone conversations so far. "They fully understand that an act of war was declared on the United States of America. They understand it could have been declared on them as well."

In response to a reporter's question, the president said he is eager to see if the leader of Pakistan meant what he said, when he indicated that Pakistan would stand with the United States in combating terrorism.

"I would refer you to the statements that the Pakistani leader made about his willingness to work with us. Now we'll find out just what that means, won't we," he commented.

The president refused to discuss details of what kinds of responsse his administration is planning.

"Any sources and methods of intelligence will remain guardedly secret," he said at an informal news briefing. "My administration will not talk about how we gather intelligence, if we gather intelligence, and what the intelligence says. That's for the protection of the American people," he said.

"I'm a loving guy," Bush said. "But I'm also someone who's got a job to do," and he told reporters he plans to do it.

He said the country will not relent until "we have saved ourselves and others from the terrible tragedy" that struck the United States on Tuesday.

Prayers and Flags

President Bush declared that Friday will be a national day of prayers and remembrance, for the people who died in Tuesday's attacks on America.

White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said the president will attend a prayer service in Washington on Friday, and he was "calling on Americans during their lunch hours" to take time to do the same.

"Attend prayer services at churches, synagogues, mosques, other places of their choosing to pray for our nation, to pray for the families of those who were victimized by this act of terrorism," Fleischer said in a briefing with reporters.

In an unrelated development, the House of Representatives on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution, encouraging the people of the United States to demonstrate their unity for America by flying the American flag at homes, businesses, schools, and places of worship for the next 30 days.

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.), who authored the legislation, called it a "unified show of support."

House Speakers Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) endorsed the resolution, calling it an important symbolic move.

"No matter where you live, by flying Old Glory on the Main Streets of Geneva, Illinois, and Rolla, Missouri to big cities like Seattle, Washington and Miami, Florida, you will be sending a strong signal to millions of people here at home and abroad that the red, white and blue represents freedom and democracy, and those ideals will live on."