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Peggy Noonan: The Day That Changed Everything
Wall Street Journal ^ | Monday, June 2, 2003 | PEGGY NOONAN

Posted on 06/05/2003 6:48:31 AM PDT by presidio9

Edited on 04/23/2004 12:05:36 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

This is a book about love. That's an odd thing to say about a collection that spans 9/11/01 to 9/11/02, and that centers on the attacks on America. But the primary emotion I felt in those days was a love, or a tender sense of appreciation, for everyone who played a part in the drama--the dead, the survivors, the firemen and the heroes on the planes, the families left behind and their shaken neighbors down the block. For us. September 11 changed everyone, and for me, among the changes was one that had a professional impact. It liberated me to include in my work what I felt but had not always expressed: the idea that people are precious, that they're beautiful and deserving of honor and respect. And the knowledge that we are all brothers and sisters together, whatever our circumstances. Before 9/11, I held these convictions but they did not always seem pertinent, or appropriate, to what I was writing. But after 9/11, I felt free to say what I thought and let it frame my work, and even become an engine for that work.


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New York; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: peggynoonanlist
Welcom back Peggy. Sorry you can't stay.
1 posted on 06/05/2003 6:48:32 AM PDT by presidio9
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To: Pokey78
ping
2 posted on 06/05/2003 6:49:09 AM PDT by presidio9 (Run Al, Run!!!)
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To: presidio9
"Welcom back Peggy. Sorry you can't stay."

I don't get it...why can't she stay?

3 posted on 06/05/2003 6:52:18 AM PDT by RayBob
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To: RayBob
She won't be back till the fall. Working on another book :-(
4 posted on 06/05/2003 6:53:23 AM PDT by presidio9 (Run Al, Run!!!)
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To: presidio9
Didn't know that. Thanks for clarifying.
5 posted on 06/05/2003 6:54:34 AM PDT by RayBob
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To: RayBob
Courtesy bump.

Wonder why no activity?

6 posted on 06/05/2003 6:55:20 AM PDT by RayBob
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To: presidio9
We miss you, Ms. Noonan...
7 posted on 06/05/2003 7:05:09 AM PDT by Tamzee ( It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into. - J. Swift)
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To: presidio9
Only Peggy can talk about love, and other squishy stuff, without making me squirm. She has a precious gift.
8 posted on 06/05/2003 7:38:33 AM PDT by ricpic
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To: presidio9
Peggy is right again. Tragedy clears the floor of all the unimportant details that clutter our lives. The important things are brought to the forefront. We no longer notice if our shoes are the perfect color to go with our suit or if the drapes match the sofa. All we care about is our loved ones & that they are safe.
9 posted on 06/05/2003 7:44:32 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter
All we care about is our loved ones & that they are safe.

That's because you're a "normal" person.

Liberals care about tragedy because they hope they can mount the aftermath into their own political power.

10 posted on 06/05/2003 7:51:27 AM PDT by Gritty
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To: presidio9
It liberated me to include in my work what I felt but had not always expressed: the idea that people are precious, that they're beautiful and deserving of honor and respect

She is a beautiful person.

11 posted on 06/05/2003 7:55:51 AM PDT by corkoman (did someone say WOD?)
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To: presidio9
What a beautiful writer. Let me see....
should I purchase a book from a New York woman who expresses the human spirit that will uplift me and bring me hope?
or should I purchase a book from a New York woman who bargained a 'deal' and was paid up front to express trash about how only she thinks things?
Not too tough a choice.
BTW, I heard the Peggy Noonan was offered a program on MSNBC.
12 posted on 06/05/2003 8:08:34 AM PDT by Abynormal
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To: WarSlut
bflr
13 posted on 06/05/2003 8:29:07 AM PDT by cgk (It is liberal dogma that human life is an accident - Linda Bowles (r.i.p.))
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To: Abynormal
or should I purchase a book from a New York woman who bargained a 'deal' and was paid up front to express trash about how only she thinks things?

I think you mean "Illinois woman." Peggy could beat her. She should run.

14 posted on 06/05/2003 9:57:44 AM PDT by presidio9 (Run Al, Run!!!)
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To: Abynormal
Hitlery is NOT a New York women.....I'm not sure she's EVEN a women!
15 posted on 06/05/2003 10:49:25 AM PDT by Bommer (Tom Dasshole is a Domestic Enemy!!!)
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To: presidio9; RayBob
I understand she's finishing up her book on Pope John Paul the 2nd,with whom she met a few years back.She talked about that experience on C-Span last year and how it affected her;she had pictures too.She was completely overwhelmed by meeting him and it was really nice to hear her speak so passionately about that trip.
16 posted on 06/05/2003 10:54:16 AM PDT by Pagey (Hillary Rotten is a Smug, Holier - Than - Thou Socialist)
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To: Pagey; Right2Lifer; MJY1288; Miss Marple; mtngrl@vrwc; potlatch; Fawnn; azGOPgal; Brad's Gramma; ...
I heard part of that C-span show on radio, late one night, and in it, Peggy discussed finding her religion, but in a different way than she ever had before. I can't wait to read this current book, and look forward to the one on Pope Paul.

I took the time today to thank someone who became a friend, post 9/11. Our circumstances of meeting were different from anyone else I had met in my life, and although miles now separate us, because I wanted to open up my heart, become open to new experiences, wanted to reach out and create new friendships, perhaps a new family, I will forever be thankful for the response of this special person. I don't know what our future holds for us. Does anyone ever really know where a friendship will lead? But I do know that I treasure this relationship. That he was gentle with the me that was unused to being open with my heart and mind, and that he showed me a gentleness and kindness I have never known before, is something I will always appreciate.

I know that 9/11 changed me. I know that I am a very different person from the one I was on Sept. 10th. If I could, I would wish every person who died on 9/11 to be alive today, for every family struck by that tragedy to be made whole, but that can't be. It happened. And I think it is a sign of our humanity if we can recognize that it changed us, and that it changed us for the better. This is the perfect "payback" for those villians who thought they were damaging us. We are stronger, better, more human, more tender, more caring, more patriotic than we were before.

Out of the destruction of steel in NYC, PA and the Pentagon has come a stronger, better American. We have transcended tragedy, resolved to fight terrorism, and made our personal lives more real, more open because we realized what we each could have lost on that day, and now focus our eyes on those who are around us, holding them close, and cherishing them. God bless America.
17 posted on 06/05/2003 11:54:40 AM PDT by TruthNtegrity (God bless America, God bless President George W. Bush and God bless our Military!)
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To: presidio9
I hadn't really read much by Peggy Noonan until I started reading her columns after 9/11. They made me think. They made me cry. (I'd read them aloud to my daughter when she'd call on her cell phone during her drive home from work!) I came to know her and love her for her beautiful spirit. (That sounds far more New Age liberal than I intend it to, but hopefully y'all get what I mean.)

I bought her book on Hitlery and loved it!

I've since seen Peggy Noonan on Fox (Hannity and Colmes) and on booktv, etc. She has physical beautiful, too. Closer to my age than she is to Ann Coulter's age, so she doesn't fit what's usually the standard for beauty, and even though I'd much rather gaze at W in his flight suit, I find Peggy beautiful all the same.

The liberals love to mock her. (Sarah Vowell comes to mind. I'll admit, Sarah Vowell's writing can be funny. But her looks on the other hand,...)

In other words, if you haven't figured it out already, you can add me to the long list of people who'll be glad when she returns to writing her weekly column for OpinionJournal.com.
18 posted on 06/05/2003 1:21:24 PM PDT by Fawnn (I think therefore I'm halfway there....)
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To: Fawnn
And the best thing was when she moved to Monday morning. She was my inspiration to get out of bed and start the week.
19 posted on 06/05/2003 1:46:06 PM PDT by presidio9 (Run Al, Run!!!)
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To: presidio9
And the best thing was when she moved to Monday morning. She was my inspiration to get out of bed and start the week.

I agree! (It's going to be a long, hot summer without her.)
20 posted on 06/05/2003 1:48:49 PM PDT by Fawnn (I think therefore I'm halfway there....)
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bttt
21 posted on 06/05/2003 6:00:39 PM PDT by Pagey (Hillary Rotten is a Smug, Holier - Than - Thou Socialist)
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To: presidio9
Damn! Even a throw-away Intro to her book brings me to years.

What a wordsmith!

22 posted on 06/05/2003 6:08:13 PM PDT by DoctorMichael (........like yours, lady like yours.........)
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To: presidio9; Howlin; Miss Marple; mombonn; Sabertooth; beckett; BlueAngel; JohnHuang2; ...
Thanks!

Peggy ping.

23 posted on 06/05/2003 6:09:49 PM PDT by Pokey78
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To: presidio9
When is it to be released??
24 posted on 06/05/2003 6:11:41 PM PDT by mware
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To: corkoman
"She is a beautiful person."

Yes she is!!!

There is one incident that I'll always remember ----At last years Annual Press Corp Freep at the DC Hilton, Ann Coulter and Peggy walked up the sidewalk to where we all were standing. (I'm trying to remember if Drudge was there also.) At any rate, all the attention went out to Ann, and she was surrounded with her well-wishers. She is deserving of all that, of course, and I am one of her admirers. However, Peggy Noonan is also tops on my list of respected and admired political writers and columnists. But -- where was Peggy? She stood to one side, quiet, smiling, and not trying to draw the attention to herself.

She was the same at one of the NYC Hillary Freeps. She came to our group and quietly talked to people. No fan-fare -- just being her wonderful charming self.

Quite a lady!

25 posted on 06/05/2003 6:26:05 PM PDT by Exit148 (Just added another $3.06 to the Loose Change Club collection bag for the next Freep-a-thon!)
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To: mware
When is it to be released??
From www.amazon.com:

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26 posted on 06/05/2003 6:26:41 PM PDT by RonDog
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To: TruthNtegrity
Thanks for the ping! A lovely article by a lovely lady. I've learned as I grow older to 'speak from the heart'. It's the best lesson I've taught myself! Good luck with your new friend, and you've also made another friend. Carol
27 posted on 06/05/2003 7:39:48 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: Fawnn
I miss her too. Her words bring comfort in this strange world.

In other words, if you haven't figured it out already, you can add me to the long list of people who'll be glad when she returns to writing her weekly column for OpinionJournal.com.

28 posted on 06/05/2003 9:51:17 PM PDT by GOPJ
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To: Fawnn
I miss her too. Her words bring comfort in this strange world.

In other words, if you haven't figured it out already, you can add me to the long list of people who'll be glad when she returns to writing her weekly column for OpinionJournal.com.

29 posted on 06/05/2003 9:51:19 PM PDT by GOPJ
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To: Gritty
I often heard that 9-11 wasn't a tragedy, but that it was a atrocity. The contrast in meanings seems appropriate. Maybe you agree.
30 posted on 06/05/2003 9:53:26 PM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife (Lurking since 2000.)
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To: Abynormal
Better, yet... you can buy Noonan's book about Hillary!
31 posted on 06/05/2003 9:59:25 PM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife (Lurking since 2000.)
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To: presidio9
I haven't changed a word. These pieces were written on the run, starting the day the Towers were hit and continuing for 50 of the next 52 weeks. They are imperfect. But it seemed to me when I reread them that their flaws--of tone, language, and emphasis among other things--were true to the event, that they reflected the jaggedness of the time, and the fears and emotions it engendered. It just felt right to print them as they ran.

First, thanks for the ping.

In our day and age we have a tendency to strive for "perfection." I think especially of singers when I reach for examples. Once Ella Fitzgerald tried to sing Mack the Knife and ending up ad libbing new lyrics because she forgot the words; she sang everything differently each time. Performers today don't do that: they prefer the comfort of sameness. Therefore, I applaude Ms. Noonan for allowing imperfections and not wringing the emotion (or spirit, if you would) out of a piece by over-tinkering. I agree with so many others: the honesty of her thoughts and feelings are seldom matched on paper.

32 posted on 06/05/2003 10:19:52 PM PDT by Ruth A.
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Bump!!!
33 posted on 06/06/2003 2:58:04 AM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: Pan_Yans Wife
I often heard that 9-11 wasn't a tragedy, but that it was a atrocity.

I agree to call it a "tragedy" is a misnomer. 9/11 was a cold-blooded and well-planned attack on an innocent and uprotected population. That fits the definition "atrocity" nicely.

I think we hear it so often refered to as a "tragedy" because that is a softer and less judgemental word, and Liberals like to portray life as an ongoing set of "tragedies" which beg resolution through their benevolent intervention. An "atrocity" requires retributive action against somebody. A "tragedy" does not.

"Tragedy" is a somewhat neutral term and more likely opens the door to a social rather than military response. After all, one doesn't mount a tank assault against the producer of a hurricane or traffic accident. Instead, one helps the victims, rebuilds the damage and comforts the grieving relatives. The aftermath of a "tragedy" is more easily solved by money and emotion than the action required by a deliberatly malicious act.

Liberals like that approach much better. As they control the media, they control the language of how these events are portrayed. Also, it is harder to blame a "tragedy" on Liberal and clinton incompetence, lack of action and faulty world-view which preceeded it. That is a big plus for them. It is better to view this as an awful storm rather than a Pearl Harbor.

"Tragedy" increases the "no-fault" perception of 9/11. That suits Liberals just fine.

34 posted on 06/06/2003 5:55:48 AM PDT by Gritty
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To: Gritty
By your own definition, Tom Daschle IS a tragedy. Maybe that's why he's deeply saddened all the time.
35 posted on 06/06/2003 9:28:46 AM PDT by presidio9 (Run Al, Run!!!)
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To: RonDog
Thankyou for the link! I ordered Peggy's book AND her "When Character was King" for my Dad for Fathers day!!!! I am forwarding this page to all my friends in hopes we can rally up so many orders for our beloved Peggy and SQUASH Hitlery's sales ;)

Cindy

36 posted on 06/07/2003 8:58:37 AM PDT by wndycndy (Beagles For Bush!)
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To: Gritty
I call it the "maudlinism" of debate.
37 posted on 06/08/2003 8:27:48 AM PDT by P.O.E.
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To: presidio9
Thanks for the ping...I have been gone a bit and was thrilled to find a 'column' of Peggy's to read. I am headed to the Amazon website to buy the book...thx..
38 posted on 06/08/2003 9:05:47 PM PDT by BlessedAmerican (God is so good...)
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To: presidio9
I love Peggy, and read everything she writes that I can possibly find. Thanks.
39 posted on 06/08/2003 9:07:34 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: wndycndy
Speaking of which, Hillary! is doing a book signing right now at Barnes & Noble on 5th Avenue and 49th St in Manhattan, across from Sacks. People are lined up for blocks.
40 posted on 06/09/2003 6:41:32 AM PDT by presidio9 (Run Al, Run!!!)
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