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Rising with the sun, Giuliani rose to lead the city

By Larry McShane, Associated Press

NEW YORK On the morning of Sept. 12, after 45 fitful minutes of sleep as his city smoldered and its people shuddered, Rudolph Giuliani arose in the dark to await the sun.

"Somehow I had it in my head that maybe it wouldn't come up," Giuliani reflected almost a year later. "There was almost doubt that the sun would come up. And when I saw it come up, I had this great feeling of strength."

Giuliani would need every bit of it. Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attack that collapsed the World Trade Center and killed 2,800 people, the ex-two-term mayor of New York City has lived a lifetime and suffered a hundred deaths.

A lame-duck mayor at the end of his term that fall morning, he rose from the twisted steel and concrete of ground zero to become an international icon of New York's moxie in the face of terrorism.

He's opened his own consulting and investment business, earning millions of dollars as a speaker and consultant. Queen Elizabeth named him an honorary knight (although Giuliani joked that he's kept that a secret from residents of his native Brooklyn).

He was called "America's mayor" by Oprah Winfrey, and named "Man of the Year" by Time magazine. His future -- including a possible return to politics, perhaps on a national scale -- remains unlimited.

But each high was balanced by a difficult low. Giuliani buried close friends killed by the terrorists, including the firefighter husband of his pregnant personal assistant and Fire Chaplain Mychal Judge.

He attended scores of funerals -- the Fire Department alone had 148 in the six months after Sept. 11. He endured a very public, ugly and expensive divorce with his wife of 20 years.

Yet Giuliani, now 58, appeared content and relaxed as he answered questions about the last year. Flanked by his Giuliani Associates colleagues, ex-police commissioner Bernard Kerik and ex-fire commissioner Thomas Von Essen, Giuliani fielded questions on everything from his political future to the likelihood of another attack.

"We all have to assume that we're going to be attacked again," Giuliani said bluntly. "If we don't assume that, we're irresponsible. We have to pray it doesn't happen, we have to hope it doesn't happen, but we have to assume that it will."

And a return to public life?

"At some point that's something I'd think about, and I don't rule it out of my future," Giuliani said. "I don't know when that would be. I don't have a time period."

Not that Giuliani's sworn off politics. He's campaigned for fellow Republicans Bill Simon in the California governor's race, U.S. Senate hopeful Elizabeth Dole in North Carolina and Gov. George Pataki in New York.

Asked about Sept. 11, when he wound up running for his life through lower Manhattan, Giuliani recalled "a day of tremendous contradiction" -- horror and heroism, destruction and defiance, unspeakable and unforgettable.

"Sept. 11 was the worst day in the history of this city and this country," said Giuliani, a U.S. flag pin on the lapel of his blue suit. "But it was also the greatest day."

Giuliani, as he first proposed in his final days at City Hall, expressed hope that the mass graveyard at ground zero would become a memorial with "a library, a museum, a beautiful contribution to the skyline."

While others have pushed for the reconstruction of the lucrative office space destroyed on Sept. 11, Giuliani believes there are other places in the city for commercial development.

"There are a lot of other places to build office towers," Giuliani said. "There is no other place to build the memorial I just described."

Giuliani, who still oversees the Twin Towers Fund for families of police officers, firefighters and other public employees killed in the attack, is particularly sensitive about the victims whose bodies were never found.

"You've got to face reality: It's a burial ground for thousands of people," he said.

Though he spent eight years in City Hall, Giuliani finds it too painful to visit lower Manhattan these days. Still, barely a week before the first anniversary, Giuliani took his daughter Caroline to a movie theater in Battery Park.

The pair took in the latest Al Pacino film, "Simone," and strolled over to ground zero.

"It's impossible to go down there without having your memory flooded," Giuliani said. "It's hard to drive those blocks without remembering."



Today's news:
Ceremony at Ground Zero
Mass. remembers victims
Silence, tears mark day at Logan
Under alert, Mass. carries on
Bush faces day with resolve
World remembers attacks in US
Memorial in Shanksville, Pa.
Updated wire coverage

Photo galleries:
Families mourn, remember
Ceremony at Ground Zero
Ceremony at the Pentagon
Ceremony at Pa. crash scene
Remembrances worldwide
Remembrances in Boston

NECN RealVideo:
Moment of silence observed
Ceremony at State House
Gettysburg Address read
Procession at Ground Zero
A somber travel day at Logan
Images of Sept. 11, 2001

 THE SERIES

 DAY ONE   SEPT. 3

Preparing for the worst
Security has become the new norm in Greater Boston.

 DAY TWO   SEPT. 4

Fear and children
Children's responses may shed light on human anxiety, resiliency.

 DAY THREE   SEPT. 5

Muslim minds
The US effort to win over Muslim hearts and minds is failing.

 DAY FOUR   SEPT. 6

Science vs. terrorism
New chemical, biological threats spur nation's top minds.

 DAY FIVE   SEPT. 7

Detainees
For those deported after Sept. 11, the losses are wrenching.

 DAY SIX   SEPT. 8

A special Magazine issue
A Sept. 11 narrative by former Massport chief Virginia Buckingham, plus an essay by Christopher Hitchens.

A special Arts section
How culture has changed since Sept. 11, including a gallery of art inspired by the attacks.

A special Focus section
A look at how the lives of six Americans were altered.

Everywhere USA
Terrorism comes to God's country.

 DAY SEVEN   SEPT. 9

Where is Al Qaeda?
How have bin Laden and his terrorist group eluded US forces?

 DAY EIGHT   SEPT. 10

Two cities
New York and DC one year later.

 DAY NINE   SEPT. 11

America remembers
The US looks back at the terrorist attacks.

Victims and survivors
A year later, still hurting.

A time for bells and remembrance
A clash of views on terror
Limited damage to the economy
Families build support system
NYC's healing process
Finding comfort in the kitchen
Bailey: A day of atonement


From the Associated Press:
Tribute paid with tattoos
Charities changed by 9/11
White House calls home
9/11 stole innocence, love
Man escaped earthquake, 9/11
Update on 9/11's famous faces
Firemen still burying dead
A mother's note to a lost son
9/11 created heroes in death
Voice mails bring comfort
Little things hold memories
87th floor survivor copes
Sampling of 9/11 memorials
Pentagon survivors move on
Moments of silence on Sept. 11
Survivors try to move forward
Families cling to chances
Sept. 11 widow trying to forgive
Widow becomes an advocate
Workplace response varies
Graphic: Funds offer relief





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