Proceedings: Where were you, and what was your reaction, on 11 September?
Lehman: I was in Washington for [former Commandant of the Marine Corps General] P. X. Kelley's 50th anniversary party on the evening of the 10th. My wife, Barbara, and I were staying with friends in Washington and having coffee in the morning, when somebody called and told us to turn on the television.
At first, we thought it must have been some kind of accident. But it was such a clear day. Then, when we saw a second plane coming at the other tower, right away we thought: "My God, it's a terrorist attack."
My first reaction was amazement that the terrorists could have pulled off such a coordinated operation. I did think it was just a matter of time before we got hit here in the United States. But I never thought they had progressed with the kind of infrastructure here, and the kind of training and coordination that enabled them to pull it off.