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Grasso good morning John good morning Charles when he Richard thank -- for governor and well it's my great pleasure Charles to quote Doctor King desert.
Free at last -- -- Although I saw it last night with Cavuto.
So we're just slip on his couch last -- a -- well I'm a regular here at fox and -- it's the hair.
And the the attractiveness of my face to your left you know audience so they described and -- -- and others as the Winston Churchill.
Malvo -- to it after what happen on September 11.
2000 were almost out of that day or were you and us.
-- -- towers well I was in my office Don but is that is that the scripture because I'm short.
Fat and bold.
-- because I have some confidence to bring to.
Managing -- to move -- -- -- answer my question to.
I was in my office Don I got a call from my partner a -- exchange from the world tourism.
We had three floors in the south -- He had gotten a call or gotten what -- Roman 39.
He had gotten the alert that a at that point they were reporting a small plane.
Had hit the north tower everything was fine and everyone should stay in place.
We were tenants in that building.
During the 93 bombing episode.
And our folks were trapped in their offices for about six hours.
So when David reported to me what he had heard and to win the visual came on the screen.
Of the north tower room was all four corners of -- -- the top of the building.
This being the end of that trait teller one -- black and it was clear that it wasn't a small plane.
I said and David and I talked about it.
Get -- -- now and we were very lucky.
All of our people survived the yen this half town what did you think it was.
I didn't know put I knew for certain at that point.
That it could not have been a small plane because.
Of the enormity of -- black mark that you could see from CNBC had a camera from.
West New York that was pointed right at the world financial center.
And you -- seasonal four corners were black flames -- pouring out.
And I just didn't know -- -- the second plane hit.
I was I was on my way over to the to the south tower and to see our people.
When the second plane hit in and then -- certain it was a terrorist attack where initially -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Well you're getting all sorts of reports that there were explosions that -- were explosives around lower Manhattan.
The -- -- plane theory went out the window very quickly when people -- emergency.
The enormity of the problem in the north tower and then of course.
When they had a second plane hit the south tower he's certainly news and you know so you knew that it was a terrorists -- Well you know who was watching he -- certainly it wasn't an accident when that second plane hit.
And -- did you suspect given us -- I know I didn't suspect anyone my first reaction.
Wants to -- the then mayor mayor Giuliani.
Because I had discretion whether I open the exchange.
Until 10 AM turn at 10 AM I either had to ring the bell to open the market will ring the bell and close to market.
And the mayor said to me at that point one item on the telephone probably.
Around 20/20 five minutes after nine.
That he would be back to me in twenty minutes and of course Rudy Giuliani was a surgeon in terms of his responsiveness.
I didn't hear from the mayor shortly.
Before ten as the south tower was coming down people reporting -- city.
Had gone code black meaning that.
The mayor was gone and that the fire commissioner.
And police commissioner would get as well so I rang the bell and closed circuit -- -- the 93 -- of them Muslim terrorists.
That's correct them so you would have -- it.
About a -- where you know directed -- and I had -- moment in a year in our thinking was certainly I wasn't thinking about.
Who was responsible but -- in -- when that second plane hit that it was terrorism.
-- Michael my biggest concern was.
People I had and that south tower.
-- -- -- Ordered their evacuation I did not specifically say.
And bring them back to eleven Wall Street and that's why I was on my way over when the second plane hit a general manager wanna close -- change.
Well -- -- never want to close the exchange because part of the principles that really underlies free markets and our free market capitalist system.
Is that markets have got to be able to trades through things like like tragedies such -- the the terrorist attack on the one hand on the other hand.
When you have that many people in jeopardy the lives of in my building there were close to 5000 people between the trading floor -- and the offices.
And then of course when you look at the -- or financial.
-- probably a quarter of the -- people.
It's people first so trading can always take place when you have that many lives in jeopardy.
He shot the market and you allow markets relate to it to be secondary.
To emergency people talk on the.
Already -- -- -- are such a central -- don't get -- star Tim ultimate idea by the way.
Back tonight united Jerusalem it's an honest journalist of sketches of monitor.
Sell commemorative acres of 5000 acre and of course I thought it was insane.
And -- -- sold nine million dollars worth some 456 dollars accounts.
What would you repeat what you said to me when we spoke that Sunday I was in.
Albert Arnold Byron I'm sorry I get fired again that was a racial environment that sol sol what -- the exchange closes.
And of the towers come down.
And did you immediately start thinking about -- Formal overture well there is the first concern I had to win the army aside from you know.
There was a question -- there -- one liberty.
Which is the whole former United States Steel building on liberty -- Broadway.
Had been so affected by the implosion.
One and two world trade that it was going to come down -- that building.
Were to have fallen it was not going to implode it was going to topple.
And my greatest concern was that we had 5000 people in our building I locked the man.
And awaited instructions from mayor Giuliani whom I heard from about an hour later and thank god he was okay.
But how do you get those 5000 people out of harm's way and they were growing increasingly.
Nervous about being trapped in my building but.
That was the safest place for them once I evacuated.
That that contingency of people.
Then I started thinking about how the markets should reopen.
I was on the phone with the treasury secretary's.
Top paid I was on the phone with -- Chairman of the SEC a it was clear to me on the one hand we wanted to reopen as quickly as we -- But on the other hand there was a rescue operation under way everyone assumed.
That there were thousands.
If not thousands hundreds.
Of people still alive in the rubble and we didn't want -- in any way interfere with that our our courts are users are open.
We -- open the following Monday we probably could have opened logistically.
As early as Thursday but it would've been the wrong thing to do.
The president came on the fourteenth to really lift everyone's spirits because by that point.
We knew that there Warren hundreds in Warren even a handful of people alive we lost everyone in the in -- piles that that sat there with a towers weren't we needed the weekend the country needed the weekend on.
Take a deep breath and to remember.
That dead but also remember that this is America.
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