Romney Has Two Versions Of How He Learned Of The 9/11 Attacks
He was “almost” in Battery Park City near the World Trade Center, but had to be in Washington instead. But the version he gave today differs from what he said five years ago.
Like you, I remember where I was on September 11. I was originally planning on being in Battery Park in New York City, not far from the World Trade Center itself, but as it turned out, I was in Washington, DC, to meet with members of Congress about preparations for the security of the upcoming Olympic Winter Games. A colleague and I were working in the office we had in the Ronald Reagan Building. It was just a few blocks from the White House. Someone rushed into our office and said that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. I turned on the small TV on our desk there and watched in shock as flames and smoke erupted from the north tower.
We had planned to be in New York City on the 11th. That was the date originally set by our public relations people for announcing the names of our Olympic torchbearers. Our team had planned an elaborate press conference adjacent to the World Trade Center at Battery Park. But we delayed the announcement in New York to accommodate our meeting on Capitol Hill.
Cindy Gillespie had scheduled a meeting with House and Senate appropriators in the U.S. Capitol building for 10:00 a.m. on the 11th. I met Cindy at 8:00 a.m. to put the finishing touches on our presentation. She had an office in the Ronald Regan building on Pennsylvania Avenue, just blocks from the White House. I was on the phone to Salt Lake City, doing a radio interview. The interviewer interrupted to say there were reports that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. I hung up and turned on the small TV in the office.
Like so many other Americans, I watched in horror as flames poured from the North Tower of the World Trade Center.