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commotion. the doors to the chamber are typically open and the doors, they started shutting the doors. >> at some point, someone up in the chambers in the gallery, a member was yelling at the republicans to call trump and have trump call off his mob. >> there were a lot of freshmen there that i had gotten to know during orientation. this was their first real experience as a member of congress. we were watching them and talking to my fellow colleagues about what we could do to try to stop this. >> watch january 6 views from the house next week at 8 p.m. eastern on c-span, c-span dove road, or listen on the c-span radio app. >> i was on an airplane first
thing. i flew in from detroit to washington national. i was sitting next to a republican member of the house. he will tell you this to this day. said to him i have the weirdest feeling. i want to get up and get off. i don't know why. other people on the plane that day -- i got to my office around 8:15 or 8:30 and we saw the first
plane hit then the second plane and we thought there had been an accident. my husband went into the capitol and we begin to get intelligence that there were additional planes in the air. one was headed for the capitol. i begged my husband to leave. on that day, americans were naive. it took me a long time to convince him to leave the capitol complex. it was late afternoon by the time i told him i was by myself and we didn't understand terrorism the way that other countries did. i begged my husband to leave the capital and he refused. he said that nobody was going to scare him out of the symbol of democracy in this country.
first, i remember that. second, the chief of staff to president bush, he had been head of the oval office had worked before they were going to the white house. that morning, my office was blocks away from the white house and had been told by the white house secret service to take off their shoes and run like hell. those feelings, that initial when we realized that this was a true terrorist attack, people were trying to stay safe. there was a sense of panic. people wanted to escape.
it was chaos that morning in washington, d.c.. another miracle that day, the fact that our bureaucracy the administration worked so quickly to keep planes on the ground probably saved lives. as the day went on and i began to absorb what really happened and watched as people were trying to save lives, we watched as the brave fireman in new york city and at the pentagon and in the fields of pennsylvania were fighting to help people. there was a sense of community, people coming together. i also remember immediately, i represent the largest population of arab-americans in the country. already that day, there were people who wanted to ensure that
the community did not feel a backlash, but how will we pull together as americans. >> on 9/11, my daughter who is 16 years old at the time woke up my husband and i and told us something was happening. she never wakes us up. she was in high school at the time and because we are in arizona, we are three hours behind the east coast time. immediately, i turned on the tv and i can't remember at what point we turned on the tv. obviously, a plane had already hit the towers for short. -- four -- for sure. i was horrified. at the aftermath, i thought it was a small plane that hit the tower first, but then quickly
realized after the second plane hit that this was a terrorist attack. i had never witnessed anything like that. i don't think anyone has witnessed anything like this, then of course the tv showed the graphics of the towers falling. i was glued to the tv and the news the entire day. people were walking around like zombies on the street in new york with dust and stuff all over them. it was horrifying. i don't know what else to tell you. it was an absolutely horrific feeling. i felt like our country was under attack. our country was under attack. as you know, all the planes were grounded. people did not know what was going on. it was very sad.
>> what was it like in your community in the weeks following the attack? what was it like? >> people i talked to in my community, they were horrified. they didn't know what to think. they didn't know what was meant to happen next. they didn't know if terrorists were going to attack for instance the nuclear plant which is right outside of phoenix. we didn't know what to expect. i have an air force base in my district and i know a lot of the military was on high alert. the problem is, i don't think anyone knew what to expect. everyone's nerves were on edge. we all knew something bad had happened, really bad, and we didn't know what was going to happen next. >> during 9/11, i saw everyone
get together. it didn't matter what political party they were or what status they were for what title they had. everybody rallied together for america and reunified against these terrible terrorist attacks. we wanted to protect america. i guess that was the only good thing that came out of the day was that it unified everyone throughout america to take on these terrorists and defeat them. >> my kids were young and in grade school nearby. i was working in the office that day. one of the first things i learned was a phone call from my sister who said you might want to get home, get to a television . i didn't have a tv in the office. a plane just hit the world trade center. i said oh my god, what a horrible accident. your mind tries to tell you
small things are smaller things. very quickly, i headed home. only thing i could think of was i wanted to get my hands on my kids. i wanted to bring everybody in, lock it down because of course, we saw the stunning second hit. we saw the pentagon hit and we know about the plane in pennsylvania. it was an ordinary workday. i got home then my husband raced to the school and got our children and we all stayed at home. >> do you remember what you told your kids that day? >> i worried about them because i remember in our den, i was watching television coverage. by the time they got home, i had seen the planes hit far too many times. based on the age of our children, the eldest was maybe
in seventh grade. they had some sense of what is going on. then the next one was maybe in fourth grade than first grade. the younger two didn't seem to have a sense of what was happening whereas the eldest had a small sense that this was a national tragedy and something frightening. i remember being glued to the television because what would happen next and what was this all about. also, that the kids can't watch this. the bodies going out of the buildings. at first, they saw some unfiltered footage then i realized this was not something any child should seek. -- not something any child should see. we were honest with them and we told them and we
told him what we knew that the news revealed that there was an attack by terrorists on her country. they deserved to know it in some way. something that always stands out to me at that time, i don't know if your member that. number one, it was a gorgeous fall day. brilliant sunlight. the next day was rainy and dreary. in the sunlight, you know how they grounded the planes nationwide. i remember because our backyard, there were flight paths high above us. it was so strange. we went out at night and looked up in the sky and there was no interruption of any man-made thing. it was calm and still. >> on september 11 2001, i was driving to work.
i worked in downtown new orleans at a technology company. i was listening to the radio and they reported some kind of plane hit one of the twin towers. the early report indicated it might have been a small commuter plane, and accidental thing. then, i get to work i start pouring my coffee for the morning. we had the tv on and it wasn't minutes later i saw the second plane hit the other tower. immediately, my thought was we are at war. you felt it right away. it was heart wrenching moment. it went from wondering about some accident to immediately knowing that it has to be a direct attack. you start to wonder who would have done this? how can people get on an airplane and take over an airplane to do that? how can that happen? your transfixed to the tv.
i don't think anyone was working at that time, everybody was watching what was happening try to figure what was going on. than a few hours later, the towers collapsed. our the firefighters and police officers tried to save people. it was a day where you never stopped being transfixed to the tv to find out what was going on , and knowing the consequences was probably going to come down the road. ♪
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