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All of you may remember the story of the Alamo, where Jim Bowie and Davy
Crockett and a band of other regular Americans held off a superior force for days until
the last man gave his last breath for freedom. Well today, we will remember other great
Americans at the Alamo, who, like their forefathers of old, faced great odds with bravery
and courage and true grit. And this time, the Americans won!‖
The crowd erupted with loud applause and cheers.
―Thank you. Now, as we applaud the Americans who were able to apprehend the
Cincinnati terrorist, we must remind ourselves that the battle against terrorism continues
every day. This morning, many of you may have wondered why Supreme Court Justice
Dan Perkins did not swear me in this morning. I have just been informed by the Secret
Service that during his morning jog, an assassin with a sniper rifle attempted to shoot and
kill Chief Justice Perkins.‖
The crowd gasped and looked on with concern and open mouths.
―But the proponents of terrorism met another American hero this morning. Gil
Johnston, one of the three Secret Service Agents guarding Chief Justice Perkins, bravely
got between the assassin‘s gun and his intended target, saving Chief Justice Perkins‘ life.
The Chief Justice was not injured, although he was obviously very shaken up. His Secret
Service protector, unfortunately, was not so lucky. I am sorry to say that Agent Gil
Johnston died at the scene from gunshot wounds. Agent Johnston was a veteran of the
Gulf War, and the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He leaves behind a wife Nancy and two
small children, Ben and Teddy. He will be deeply missed. As my first act as President, I
will be awarding the Congressional Medal of Honor to Agent Johnston, and the Medal of
Freedom to the heroes of the Alamo.‖
―I am also proud to say that agents from the federal government caught this assassin
shortly after the attack. He was killed in a shoot-out with law enforcement. What his
intentions were I cannot say. Whether he was connected with the Cincinnati Bomber I
cannot say. What I can say is that we will use every tool the federal government
possesses to get to the bottom of these horrible crimes and find out how they occurred
and how we can stop similar attacks from occurring again. We will find all the terrorists
involved in these attacks, mark my word. We will hunt them, we will arrest them, and if
they fight us back, we will most assuredly kill them. Because America does not give in
to terrorists!‖
The crowd erupted again in wild applause.
―This is a new day, America! A proud new day! This is the beginning of the end for
the terrorists. There‘s a new sheriff in town!‖
The Republicans in the crowd liked that comment and cheered; the Democrats not so
much. Anna Scall stood next to and just behind the President, and on the ―sheriff‖
comment, she came forward, and beamed from the podium, holding the President‘s hand
upward in victory. Scall waved to the crowd like a beauty pageant winner. Woodson‘s
wife was seated ten feet behind them. Mrs. Woodson looked radiant in her pearls, but
she smiled stiffly as she looked at Scall holding her husband‘s hand. She could not wait
to convince her husband to banish that woman from the wheels of power at the earliest
―Now let me tell you, America, how we are going to get our economy moving again.
My plan…‖ The President went on for another twenty minutes outlining his agenda.