Walters: People are very nervous. People are talking about being afraid of flying, and people are saying it might be like Israel in a state of siege. What do you say to people of this city and all of the country, who say, "Oh sure, you can talk about normalcy, but we're scared?"
Giuliani: We have every right to be scared. There's no reason why we shouldn't be frightened, scared, concerned, worried, and I think it's going to continue for some time, because I think we're going to have to take some very strong action here. And that's going to also make us frightened and scared and worried. But the reality is that we can live through it. We have to defend ourselves. We have to end this. And we have to be willing to figure out how to live our lives, be cautious, be careful, more security measures… We're not going to let these people stop us from living our lives. There's nothing wrong with being afraid. But you don't give into it. Courage is realizing that you're afraid and still acting.
Walters: What do you think should happen to the site of the World Trade Center?
Giuliani: I don't have the answer to that. And I don't think anybody immediately has the answer to that. Gov. [George] Pataki and I are going to put together a group of distinguished citizens and knowledgeable people and people who have real involvement and sense of this, and have them discuss over the course of the next month or so what should be done with the site of the World Trade Center as we absorb this a little bit more. What should be done from the point of view of appropriately remembering one of the worst and I hope one of the finest hours in American history, the terrible tragedy and the terrible loss and then the way in which the resolve of the American people to fight terrorism really unified. … How do you rebuild the area so that it provides the same kind of economic impetus to New York and America? This is not all but a significant portion of the financial capital of the world, not just of America. This is where a great deal of the resources that drive the world economy are derived. So the way we rebuild it, I think is important, really important, and a lot of people should get a chance to give their advice about … We should get a little further from the event to figure out what the best use of that .
Walters: Mr. Mayor, a difficult question, but before all of this happened, your private life was a mess. [There was] A lot of name-calling, a great deal of hurt and personal confrontations. Has what has happened now had any effect on your personal problems?
Giuliani: I don't know. I don't think I've had a chance to think about it. I haven't had a chance to think about that part of my personal life, except to be sure that my children were safe. But I haven't really had a chance to think in any depth about my personal life … I try to keep my personal life separate from my political and professional life. It's hard to do in the modern age that we live in. But I try to keep it separate. And I don't know what the impact on that will be.
Walters: You have children, and there are millions of New Yorkers who have children. From your own experience, what advice do you give them? What should they say to the children?