Sumary of Covering 9/11 taught me how to remain calm in the middle of panic and misinformation:
- I drove to the Capitol and ran into the Senate side with my laptop, cellphone, reporter’s pad and pens.
- A Capitol Police officer grabbed one of Glenn’s arms and one of mine, yelling, “Everybody out NOW.
- My most dangerous assignment was facing pushback from the Capitol Police while staking out late-night negotiations on Gramm-Leach-Bliley, the legislation that gave rise to the financial crisis by allowing sleepy banks to open massive trading arms.
- We all stood around on the Capitol lawn looking at each other, not knowing what to do.
- Byrd was president pro tempore of the U.S. Senate at the time, placing him third in line for the presidency should anything happen to the president, vice president and House speaker.
- A top aide to Trent Lott, then the Republican Senate minority leader, was storming his way toward the Capitol.
- “”Off the record, a plane is heading for the Capitol building,” he said.
- Within minutes, the Capitol Police started to back everyone away from the Capitol grounds.