The president was on a tour in Florida, and he was sitting in a school classroom reading to a group of young children. Just before he went in, he had been told the initial understanding that a small plane had hit one of the towers at the World Trade Center. But a little later, the awful news came, and Andrew Card had to go into the classroom and interrupt to whisper in the president's ear those eleven historic words: "A second plane hit the second tower. America is under attack."
Andrew Card obviously has thought a lot about that day. He is in New York for a memorial service at ground zero today. The message he wanted to leave with the American people is this:
"Never forget the victims. Never forget the heroes. Never forget the obligation to protect Americans."