Five years ago this morning, literally out of the blue, the American story was changed. Two great oceans did not protect the country. Americans were not exempt on their own soil, in the heart of their greatest city, from the angry reach of the world.
The five years have gone by in a surge of patriotism, confusion and recrimination as well as in a rush of strange war, touching our soldiers but not ourselves. There has been unity — for a while. And vast missteps. Some successes. Many failures.
Today, on the fifth anniversary of the attacks of 9/11, we're stepping back to look at the American people, still struggling to take onboard a new era.
Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer prize-winning author of "No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The American Homefornt During World War II.";
David Kennedy, Professor of History at Stanford University and Pulitzer prize-winning author of "Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War.";
Ben Wattenberg, host of the PBS show "Think Tank," author of "Values Matter Most," and former aide and speechwriter to President Lyndon B. Johnson
This program aired on September 11, 2006.