Dear Mr. President:
On September 11, 2001, I stood at the bottom of the Twin Towers and watched my fellow Americans hang out of windows on the 80th floor. They were scared and confused, and they waved white t-shirts with the desperate hope they’d be rescued.
I began crying when they stopped waving for help. One by one, I watched my fellow Americans give in to the harsh reality that no hope existed for them — no escape was possible — no miracle rescue was in waiting — this would be their last morning.
I’m guessing each of them said a prayer of some kind, and then they closed their eyes and imagined the faces of the loved ones they’d never see again. They whispered “I love you,” and then they opened their eyes to look down at the street below. Then, they closed their eyes again, but only this time they said nothing as they leaned over the window ledge and allowed gravity to take them away.
A few hours after the second tower fell, I stood alone in my Park Avenue office overlooking lower Manhattan. I was covered from head to toe in white dust — my clothes, skin, and hair all wreaked of death.
I just stood at the window for hours watching smoke flow from what used to be the most powerful buildings on planet earth. I was numb inside, and I had no flow of thoughts for the longest time. I was empty. And then, out of nowhere, I said aloud this question: ‘How did we let this happen?’
Political correctness, laziness, the Clinton administration, and a weak immigration system led to 3,000 Americans being murdered by 19 Islamist extremists. How pathetic we had become as a nation — how sad for us to allow such a thing to happen on American soil.
A friend of mine, John, who worked at the Trade Center during 9/11 learned this week that he has nodules in his lungs. He is not a smoker. It’s from 9/11.
Next week, John will get the results of his tests — I pray he does not have cancer. Meanwhile, I find myself thinking a lot about 9/11. With all that’s going on with North Korea, as difficult as it may be, I ask you to ignore the Kathy Griffin types and look past the fake news reports on CNN. Please, Mr. President, stay focused solely on defeating our enemies and fixing the issues that hold us back. We are counting on you to never forget what matters most.
Until tomorrow, may God bless you, our troops, the American people, and these United States.
Sent on June 2, 2017 at 10pm ET
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