Where Ted was on September 11, 2001. Here’s an excerpt from his memoir: True Compass
“On the morning of September 11, 2001, I sat in my Senate office with Senator [Judd] Gregg, awaiting the arrival of Laura Bush, whom we were to escort across the hall to her testimony before our committee on the subject of early education. I had brought a painting of mine to give her as a memento. The First Lady’s husband was at an elementary school in Sarasota, Florida, reading to a class of young pupils as part of his tour to publicize his administration’s commitment reform. I was waiting for Mrs. Bush when someone from my office came to tell me that Vicki had just called: an airplane had crashed into one of the World Trade Center towers in New York. At this point, reports were that it was likely a small plane that veered off course, but Vicki raised the specter of terrorism. I found the news bizarre, grotesque. Judd Gregg felt the same way. A few minutes later Vicki called again. Aware now that something cataclysmic and deliberate had happened to the nation, we saw Mrs. Bush perhaps seventy-five yards down the corridor, walking toward me in front of her Secret Service detail. The rest of that day is part of the nation’s history. Mrs. Bush, Judd Gregg, and I announced that we would postpone our hearing, but we would not be defeated by terrorism. Senator Gregg and I then spent the next couple of hours on Capitol Hill with Mrs. Bush. We kept the television set off and simply talked for a while. I will always remember her composure and elegance, qualities that she drew upon in the hours that followed to help comfort a nation in shock.” - Ted Kennedy
In the picture above a framed print of a painting by Ted is given to Mrs. Bush, September 11, 2001.
We shall never forget. Today the nation and world remembers & mourns for the men and women who died in the towers, Flight 93, as well as those in the Pentagon at the time of the attack. Also the heroes who helped to save lives as they risked their own. We Salute you.