* Audience singing national anthem at Portland Opera just a few days after 9-11 – at least half the audience must have been musicians and singers. The singing was angelic, not the joyful raucous baseball game style of singing. This may be why many teams now have single singers or groups from the community to sing. It’s a tough song.
* Watching on the Internet pictures of candlelit memorials all over the world, as weeping mourners brought flowers and heaped them in huge piles. People completely empathized with and recognized their love for Americans. “So sorry for your loss,” they would say, when they encountered American tourists.
* Klamath Basis crisis tent at the Headgates – folded up immediately. The water/irrigation crisis was over as citizens and farmers in both California and Oregon expressed their patriotism. They became part of the American family again, in spite of their distress and shock that their own government had taken their irrigation water away from them.
* Mayor Rudy Giuliani – we forget how magnificent he was during that time in 2001. He showed that a comment from a Hungarian friend forty years ago was right on the money. “Italians are the only people who should be mayors of cities,” he said. “They invented cities. They understand them!” He cited Venice, Florence, Milan, Naples, even Rome. He thought Italians weren’t so good at governing countries.
* Markets and the economy bounced right back, showing how resilient the American marketplace is, absent massive federal government intervention. And this was after the bursting of the Internet bubble.