“I can’t remember when I actually learned of that fourth plane. Certainly didn’t assume, necessarily, that it was headed toward the Capitol, but all indications are that it was. So it was–there was a numbness, an unawareness, which gradually gave way to a sense, an apprehension, a personal relief. I mean, from that point on, every day I sat in my office for the next three years, there wasn’t a day that went by that I didn’t think of those people in the plane that had been taken down in Pennsylvania who were true heroes, and certainly saved a lot of lives in the Capitol itself.”
— Charlie Johnson, June 9, 2011
Parliamentarian, U.S. House of Representatives
Making Difficult Decisions
Speaker Hastert discusses the role of the Speaker in a time of great uncertainty.
Speaker Hastert reflects on the consequences of the attacks on American society.
The New York City Skyline
Remembering the Towers and New York City before September 11th.
Reflections on the changes in the Capitol after the attacks.
Joint Session and Resiliency
Memories of the Joint Session of Congress on September 20th.
Memories of a House Page
Lasting memories of September 11th.
Uncertainty Outside the Capitol
Realization that the Capitol may be under attack.