Reflecting on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, former New York Gov. George Pataki recalled on Sunday his twin feelings of “absolute horror and tremendous pride” on that day.
“There was one overriding image that I will never forget,” Pataki, who was governor at the time of the attacks, told host John Catsimatidis on “The Cats Roundtable” Sunday radio show on AM 970 in New York.
“If you think of the worst scene you could see in a horror picture — lower Manhattan was like that,” Pataki said. “Amid the rubble there were still fires burning and smoke everywhere. The air was full of shredded paper… so thick you could taste it as you tried to breathe. It was just this portrait of horror.”
Pataki said, however, that amid this horror, “you’d look and you’d see on the rubble, where the flames and smoke were, firefighters working to