By Brian Williams, Anchor and managing editor
Take a look at the radar/satellite graphic of Ike and look at the size of this storm. There was street flooding in Alabama today, and rain in Louisiana -- due to a storm that is nowhere near them. We are fearful for the good folks in Houston and Galveston, and allow me to recommend the book I recommended to everyone in our afternoon editorial meeting: ISAAC'S STORM by Erik Larson, is about the Hurricane of September 8th, 1900 -- the deadliest hurricane in history. The Isaac of the title is Isaac Cline, an employee of the U.S. Weather Bureau. It's one of the finest works of non-fiction written in the past few years...a short book that stays with the reader for a long, long time.
No New Yorker likes this day. 9-11 was and will always be a sad and ominous day in this city, and for all those touched by it. As I write this I'm watching McCain's arrival at Ground Zero. Mayor Bloomberg got a half-hug, Obama did not. The two men are now walking down the construction ramp into the pit. As frequent readers know, I regard it as a great shame -- one of the great failures of the past several years that the site is still basically a carved-out hole in the ground with a train station in it...seven full years after they knocked down those buildings. These pictures -- for all of us in this newsroom who have tried mightily not to see any of the old images today -- are hard to watch.
We'll now go back to preparing the broadcast, and we hope you can join us tonight.