Henry David Thoreau once said, “The hero is commonly the simplest and obscurest of men.”
A lot of heroes came out of the rubble of September 11, 2001. Many of them are no longer with us. And a number of people had their own impressions about the attacks on the World Trade Center.
Our president at the time of the 9/11 bombings had a popularity rating of nearly 90 percent. George W. Bush spoke about the attacks: “Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward and freedom will be defended. We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.”
Then British Prime Minister Tony Blair said: "This mass terrorism is the new evil in our world today. It is perpetrated by fanatics who are utterly indifferent to the sanctity of human life, and we the democracies of this world are going to have to come together and fight it together."
New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said, according to amandashome.com, “The city is going to survive, we are going to get through it, I don't think we yet know the pain that we're going to feel when we find out who we lost, but the thing we have to focus on now is getting this city through this, and surviving and being stronger for it."
Presidential candidate Ron Paul said, “We’d love it if we could all just come home and not worry about the rest of the world. But the problem is, we were here; they attacked us.”
New Jersey native Jon Stewart said later, ”If the events of September 11, 2001 have proven anything, it's that the terrorists can attack us, but they can't take away what makes us American — our freedom, our liberty, our civil rights. No, only Attorney General John Ashcroft can do that.”