February 25, 2002

Bush Gets His WTC Bullhorn Back

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Filed at 3:32 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush was presented Monday with the bullhorn he used during his visit to the World Trade Center ruins after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Bush said the bullhorn will go on display in a father-and-son exhibit at his father's presidential library at Texas A&M University.

Bush received the blue-and-white bullhorn -- still bearing two small black smudges -- during an Oval Office ceremony with New York Gov. George Pataki and Bob Beckwith, the fireman who stood with him Sept. 14 atop a mound of rubble that covered a burned-out fire engine.

That day, a few rescuers complained that they couldn't hear what the president was saying. Bush raised the bullhorn and shouted: ``I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you, and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.''

Bush said Monday he was glad to have the bullhorn as a reminder of the moment he could ``speak to the world on behalf of the citizens of New York.''

``It's a historic, really historic memento, something we didn't choose, but it's one of those days that I'll never forget,'' Bush said. ``It was an amazing experience.''