Enemy 'Still Lurks Out There,' Bush Reminds Mayors
By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2004 Americans must remain watchful against another terrorist attack on the homeland, President Bush reminded the nation's mayors here today.
"There's an enemy that still lurks out there," he said. "The most solemn duty of government is to protect the American people."
The commander in chief also saluted the efforts of U.S. service members deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq and other lands in the fight against terrorism.
"I know you are as proud of them as I am," Bush said. "These troops will have the resources they need to be successful in the war against terror."
Mayors from across the nation for their winter meeting heard presidential praise for their homeland security efforts.
"I'm telling you," Bush emphasized to U.S. Conference of Mayors attendees, "the mayors and their offices did a fabulous job of coordinating information and activities."
This was especially evident, he said, during the recent holiday period when Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Washington and New York City were on high alert. The mayors, he added, also "get the credit for energizing joint terrorism task forces."
The president also hailed ongoing cooperation and coordination among the federal government, state governments and cities as part of efforts to make America safer from terrorist attack.
Bush pledged continued federal support, noting that the $30 billion earmarked for homeland security in his proposed 2005 budget is three times what the federal government spent on homeland security before Sept. 11, 2001.