From a speech given by Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, at the Republican National Convention last night, as quoted by The New York Times online:
On Sept. 11, this city and our nation faced the worst attack in our history ... I looked up and seeing the flames of hell emanating from those buildings and realizing that what I was actually seeing was a human being on the 101st, 102nd floor that was jumping out of the building, I stood there; it probably took five or six seconds. It seemed to me that it took 20 or 30 minutes. And I was stunned. And I realized in that moment and that instant, I realized we were facing something that we had never, ever faced before. . . .
Without really thinking, based on just emotion, spontaneous, I grabbed the arm of then-Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik and I said to him, “Bernie, thank God George Bush is our president.”