Skip to comments.First reaction thread from Freepers on September 11th, 2001
Posted on 09/10/2010 6:05:05 PM PDT by Lisa_from Buckeye Country
The reactions of Freepers after the first plane hit.
I remember that morning clearly.
I was freeping at work.
The first I heard of it was here.
I’m pretty sure the whole thread can be found in the archives somewhere.
God Bless you and common tater thanks for posting
Tomorrow MSNBC will rebroadcast their live coverage of 9/11/01 all morning.
Also, the History Channel is showing 9/11 documentaries all day long.
I was vacationing in Hawaii with my family. We were sceduled to leave on September 11. While we were still sleeping we were awakened by a call from an aunt telling us to turn on the TV pronto. We saw the second tower hit live. We were in a state of shock... Needless to say, we didn’t leave that day. All the planes were grounded.
P.S. I'll never forget Commontator. I valued his political insight so much, and I miss it.
My first remembrance was listening to the radio at about 9 o’clock. There had been radio reports of a plane flying into WTC but it was not clear according to reports whether it was a small plane or a large plane. The radio people were talking to someone on the phone when the second plane hit and the reporters voice really went up in shock when the second phone hit. Since I work in a job that was market related there was no work for us to do since the markets closed down that day. Also since I had no tv at work I went online trying to get some news but all the websites were slow and unreponsive. So I went to an Australian newspaper website and there I got some info. It wasn’t till I got home and could watch the tv coverage that I could see how horrible it was. I also remember listening to a christian radio station and they were talking to Jerry Falwell and that was where I found out that Barbara Olson was on one of the plane. I really loved her and enjoyed seeing her on tv. I still have the book she wrote about that time and haven’t bought myself to read that. The next few days I watched the tv coverage too shocked to really do anything and almost too shocked to cry. It wasn’t until I watched the Barbara Olson Memorial on the following saturdays 4 days later that I just really let it out and cried.
I checked FR at home just before leaving for my 5 minute drive to work. By the time I got to work and fired up my computer there, the 1st plane had hit. FR consumed the rest of my day.
Thank you so much for posting that link. I was not on FR until months later. I’m guessing 9/11 drove many of us to find this forum.
CF, I thought you might be interested.
“Don’t know if anyone else has posted this link, but it’s so meaningful.”
Thanks for posting this.
It’s painful to read even now, but it helps us not to forget (despite the best efforts of the MSM to make us do just that).
we all miss Tator....as we miss all our great freepers from years back.....we welcome you and hope you visit often...
The first thing I did was call my wife at work to see if she was all right. The two things I remember most:
1. No planes in the sky that night.
2. Seeing Marine 1 and escorts fighters flying over my backyard almost close enough to reach out and touch them.
I also thanked God it wasn't President Gore in the White House.
Thanks to all of you....sometimes I come in here and just read Ray’s (Common Tator’s) thoughts. I miss him so much, he was the love of my life. I’ve tried to move on, but it’s difficult. Like I said, first time I’ve posted on here in quite a while, and it feels good to be back. Thanks again.
The horror continued...the Pentagon....the Pennsylvania site. Had those planes both made their target...the Capital..every building along the capital mall would have been destroyed.
A note....The wall on that side of the pentagon had been upgraded "structurally".
Never forget "Let's roll". Never forget "3000 Americans" and the soldiers who continue the fight against a dastardly enemy.
My mom, dad, sister, and close friends all knew I was in Boston and thought that I might have somehow been on UA Flight 175 out of Logan since I was scheduled to fly home that day. So when I called them all that day, they were over whelmed with relief.
My colleague and I were stranded in Boston for three days before deciding to commandeer our rental car and driving back to our office in the DC area. That nine-hour drive was the spookiest I have EVER made, with almost NO traffic on the highways and no aircraft in the air on their usual eastern corridor routes. A deathly stillness permeated the entire trip home.
I remember that Tuesday morning so very well, I had just gotten into work for a local community college and was on the phone with my “season citizen” mother when she thought when the first plane hit the first tower it was a movie going on. I thought it was a tragic plane crash, but when the second tower was hit, I KNEW it was TERRORISM.
Was at work
Heard that a plane had hit the WTC
At first, thought it was an accident
While watching the TV, the Second Plane hit...
Then knew it was an Act of War...
The anger was intense,
as was the sense of
grief and loss
I signed up here at FR that day to get fast news - been here ever since
Also I was in too much shock, which lasted for me for about a week.
We drove to Rhode Island the weekend after 9/11. I was amazed at all the flags attached to overpasses.
I attended a NASA-sponsored SBIR event in Albany about two weeks after that awful Tuesday. At the luncheon, the seniormost NASA representitive, who was the "keynote speaker," led the entire room in prayer. There were about 250 people present.
We all prayed too. You better believe it.
Thanks for posting the link. Never forget. Never forgive.
I remember that day. It was unreal, watching those buildings collapse.
I was at work at the time, as an admin asst. My cube was right next to my boss’s,office and he never left, at that time of the day. I went down to the breakroom, and everyone was just starring at the tv, my boss included. He was the type that wouldn’t even leave his office for a fire drill. I went out for a cigarette, and I swear I saw the plane that crashed in PA, as they had grounded all air traffic at that point. Then, after I heard the Pentagon was hit, at that time my niece and her hubby lived in a suburb of DC. Called my sister, and she couldn’t get through. Also called both of my kids, just to hear their voices, even though they were both here in Ohio.....
Thanks for being here Lisa. Ray was one of the great posters of all time on this forum.
“Never forget “Let’s roll”. Never forget “3000 Americans” and the soldiers who continue the fight against a dastardly enemy. “
Amen to that.
And let us keep that in mind as we all work for the upcoming elections. Who is in office DOES matter, and we can influence that.
Some politicians do not want to think that our nation does have enemies.
I was at work with my radio headset on. I kept a small, handheld tv in my desk for breaks and such. I pulled it out and turned on the ABC affiliate here in Dallas. Video feed from the Twin Towers showed that one had been hit. As the feed continued, you could see the second plane in the background.
My first thought was it was terrorism. The common sense side of me said there was a rational explanation not terrorism related. Less than three minutes later, the second plane plowed into the other tower.
We were sent before noon that day. I spent the rest of the day glued to my tv, praying it wasn’t as bad as I feared.
That night, I slept better than I had since I was a child. I felt this strange, complete peace as I drifted off. I just KNEW the country would get through the rough times ahead. If The Almighty could take the time to calm my fears, He would steer us through the long months ahead. He guided President Bush in the dark days and weeks after the attacks, of that I have NO doubt. I say this with all sincerity: God Bless President Bush.
I was just pulling into work that morning when the announcer said something about a small plane striking one of the towers. It didn’t sound too bad at the time. My idiot boss wouldn’t let us turn on the TV so I got most of my info right here on good ol’ FR.
Then very proud to be an American after hearing about the heroes of Flight 93.
yeah, the voices thing is important.
Heard on the radio that a plane hit. I then turned on my AM station that later ran Rush Limbaugh and heard the ex-host, who has since left to another city, while I was working a job I have since left. I followed the rest when I got home on FOx News and on Drudge Report and on a website about 9/11.
This was the website: http://www.september11news.com/
One employee grabbed the TV from the break room and set it on a table in the center of the office. For the next several days it ran continually and no one really worked. We were all glued to the television, in disbelief and hardly speaking, except to discuss what we had watched at home in the evenings.
Politically, we were a mixed bunch, but everyone agreed that President Bush displayed confidence and determination, and was reassuring to Americans. Not one person criticized his actions or questioned his resolve. It was such a unifying time, even if the event that brought us to unity was so tragic, we agreed his strength was apparent and were glad he was President and were solidly behind him.
Glad you stopped for a visit! I miss Common Tator; I sure learned a lot about Ohio politics from him (and enjoyed it all).
My first reaction was I hope we don’t lob a couple cruise missiles for this. God Bless George Bush and Dick Cheney.
The meeting never happened as the California people were at their emergency stations. We spent a night and day watching CNN and listening to totally quiet skies when it was time to take the train home. We were lucky we had decided to do the whole trip by train, because those who chose to fly either couldnt come to San Jose, or were stuck in San Jose indefinitely.
The train trip back was the trip from hell. We missed every dispatching slot on the Union Pacific, and we were held for 5 hours on a siding in the mountains of Northern California because of a terrorist scare in Utah that turned out to be a false alarm. We got into Seattles King Street Station 10 hours late, but we got there. Never was the site of that old building more beautiful and more welcome.
Good evening, Lisa. Welcome back. (((hugs)))
I lived in El Segundo, CA, on the east side, near Sepulveda. From my apartment, I could literally see the runway at LAX just north of me. I heard so many planes power up and take off, that it became like white noise.
I was not yet a FReeper...I was not yet overly political. I had finally voted for someone who won the presidency (Bush), but I wasn’t nearly the activist I am now.
I had returned Sunday from a weekend away. I had a meeting Monday night in the Beach Cities, followed by dinner afterwards. Got home from dinner at 12:30 in the morning. Could barely find my bed. Clothes and things were everywhere.
I woke up on Tuesday morning, unable to tell what time it was. I had no wall clock, wasn’t wearing a watch, couldn’t find my electric clock, and couldn’t see the clock on my VCR. So I did the one thing that ensured I’d know what time it was - I turned on the morning news.
Wished that I hadn’t.
Thought I was watching a movie preview. Wasn’t.
Thought they were doing a news story on the first incident at WTC. I wished.
It was on every channel. And the channels it thankfully was NOT on (like the kids’ channels), they had suspended their programming because of it.
I think that by the time I first saw it, both planes had hit both towers.
And then I noticed it. For the next two days, almost three, i noticed it.
How quiet it was.
I lived next to, or practically next to, one of the busiest airports in the world - and the destination of at least one of those planes - one where noise was a constant companion.
Nothing. No planes. No one, hardly, on the streets. The Administration grounded the planes.
I kept watching, and my emotions ran the gamut from shocked, to really bloody buggering ticked off, to great sadness. And, as one who worked at a church at the time, I had a feeling we’d be busy.
I couldn’t see a flag, or hear the National Anthem, without losing it. Some local radio stations would play the anthem at 6am, 12 noon, and 5pm, along with a moment of silence. Sports radio stations. Didn’t listen to Rush, Hannity, Laura, Snow, Levin, or any of them yet.
I passed by a McD’s with a large flag in front. It had already been lowered to half staff. Lost it. Went to the Post Office to get some stamps. People were crying in line. I asked the attendants at the window if they could lower their flag. They did. The same, at a BMW lot further south.
We had policemen and firefighters at our congregation. Every time they were introduced, a standing ovation, and tears, as if they stood in for those who could not stand.
As a hockey fan, my team’s organization lost two of its scouts on one of the Tower planes - Ace Bailey and Mark Bavis of the Los Angeles Kings. Every time I went to Staples Center to watch a game, tears again.
Tears now, recalling it.
And i remember thinking then, four words: “Mr. President, ‘get some’! Get those bastards, and those who supported them.” And he heard me...the rest of the world heard me, and the people who knocked those buildings down...would hear all of us soon.
I have never been to New York. I could not go to Ground Zero...not without someone to hug, or a punching bag in my room with OBL’s face on it. For all Freepers who were there, who were close to there, who knew - and perhaps lost - people there...after 9 years I still don’t know what to say. Just know that my heart is virtually joined with you as we remember the day we got punched in the mouth...hard...and punched back.
Lisa, it is good to see you back. We all miss Common Tator, it was a loss deeply felt by us old-timers here.
Thank you for posting that link.
Everyone should read that.
Takes you right back to that horrible morning.
I remember that morning, every detail of it. The first news of it, then the understanding that it was an act of war. It changed everything.
A few days later, my husband was called to active duty and spent the next 2 years on active duty. Some of it at the local air base, and 6 months of it on an air base in Kuwait a few miles south of the Iraqi border.
Welcome back Lisa and thanks for this thread the night before the anniversary of which WAR was declared on America.
I had locked up my account at Oppenheimer that morning because I had forgotten my password. I called the help line at Oppenheimer located in the WTC and talked with one of the women there. They were aware of the first WTC tower on fire and were not concerned. While I was on the phone her tower was hit. Oppenheimer didn’t lose any employees that morning but it sure was eerie how someone in Mississippi was tied into someone at the WTC the very instant a historic tragedy occurred. My Cousin was in the subway station beneath the WTC and got out with a concussion. I couldn’t get to my computer that day because it was locked up and watched the event on the TV at work. A very sad day indeed.
Looks like I missed out on insights from a great man - I am sorry for your loss Lisa from Buckey Country - however long ago it has been I am sure it feels like yesterday for you.
The morning of 9/11 I had stayed home sick from work and was laying on my bed half asleep listening to Jon Scott on Fox news - saw the second plan hit and like everyone else knew it was terroism. Prayers tonight for all those still suffering loss from the tragic events of that day and for the soldiers and their families who since then have sacrificed much for us all.
I am so proud to be an American ~
I was still in bed on the west coast when my wife called me to the first plane. I got in the computer room and turned to FR and was catching up when the second plane hit and then all Hell broke out...
Very interesting read. I was on an airplane when the towers were hit, so I missed these early moments. We were bound for Orlando, and that was the closest airport when we were ordered to land. So, only after we landed and people began to turn on their cellphones were we aware that something was amiss. I still remember the look on the pilot’s face. The last time I had seen that look was of soldiers after their first experience under fire.
I was in Auckland, New Zealand. I’m a pilot, and my husband flys commercially. I was doing a last look at news before going to bed. I reloaded a forum page and a new posting was there about the first plane. I turned on Sky News immediately, and shortly saw the second plane hit. I woke my husband up when I heard that the FAA shut down the airspace. For all the shock, I knew it was historic, and I needed to tell him. After that, it was a blur until there was a knock on our apartment door. I didn’t know who it could be, and stared in shock at my cleaning woman. I realized I’d been staring at tv, FreeRepublic, and crying for 3 days. I hadn’t slept.
Another very painful thing was talking to my parents- they were on a tour of the Grand Canyon/ Southwest with a bus load of people from Cantor Fitzgerald. I can’t imagine how painful that must have been.
I also had the sad advantage of foreign news coverage. When American news stopped the graphic coverage, foreign news didn’t. That was one of things I learned from FreeRepublic.
I could say much about that day, but suffice it to say it changed my life forever. As an RN, I’ve prayed many times for the first responders, and will never forget the real time footage of the jumpers.
I remember that day. Getting ready for work, had the TV on to Fox News Channel. The north tower was ablaze, and the South tower was just about to be hit, the palne flew right into the tower. Within minutes the phone rang all medical people whom were first responders were called in to go to work STAT. The day at the hospital was a living hell. Memories of the bombing at the barracks in Lebanon and also Oklahoma City. Tomorrow will be a big day again at another rural hospital. All first responders will be at the hospital. Just a prpeparedness measure in case if there is another attack. The wimp president in the whin(t)e house will be to afraid to do anything.