I just wanted to write something to give you all a chance to express how you feel on this day or to share a memory of what you experienced ten years ago.
I was the White House reporter for a publication called CongressDaily, but my experience was little different than that of many others.
I had an article due and had made an unusual decision not to go into the White House during the morning, but to finish it up at home and then head over a little later. I had just returned from the gym and turned on the TV, I think just after the first plane hit the North Tower. After the second plane hit, I called my editor but was told to stay at home, since it would be impossible to get into the White House, and Bush was in Florida.
So I watched it on TV, in disbelief.
Viewing the ceremonies this morning, long afterward, the disbelief of course is gone. Some of the anger remains. But mostly for me there is sadness. So much was lost, so much grief and death inflicted upon us, just so that people of pure evil could vent their resentment and rage at the United States in the most graphic way they could think of.
What they got instead for their efforts was a reminder of why the United States is the greatest nation in the history of the earth. A nation of resilience, compassion and love – and of indomitable determination to bring justice to its enemies. We are slow to anger, but when roused, we are still fearsome.
And a nation blessed by God. That’s what our enemies found out, whether they learned it in this life or the next.
Please, if you’d like, share with us your experiences and thoughts.