It is an interesting conflict of feelings as I welcome a beautiful life into the world and contemplate that horrible moment when the towers fell. No doubt there have been countless sleepless nights while loved ones morned their tragic losses. I look at my beautiful Aliya who was almost born today. Several people have said "you don't want her birthday to be 9-11." Actually, I believe that in so many ways 9-11 has brought out the best in our humanity. And in a small way, this baby girl reminds me of sacrifice, freedom, love and hope. After all, these are the things I remember when I think about that fateful day. We were not Republicans or Democrats. We were Americans. We needed each other and nothing else mattered. May we never forget.