Mayor Michael Bloomberg talks to Robin on GMA about the 911 memorial site.
"What happened was tragic and gruesome and.... painful isn't quite the right word... took thousands of lives! And you shouldn't sugarcoat what happened. This was an attack on freedom. Not just on New York, not just on America. It was an attack on you and your right to vote, to pray, and to say what you want to say. And there's nothing -- no easy ways to say this."
Why isn't painful the right word?
On the reflecting pools:
"The whole idea is the water comes down, goes away and then disappears...reflecting absence. The idea is you, your family, your loved ones disappear."
What are your emotions when you are here?
"What I see here is freedom. I mean I just keep in my mind the four hundred odd first responders who went in and didn't come out. They died for our freedoms. You don't have freedom for free. You have to keep fighting for it sadly, and sadly we'll probably always have to keep fighting for it, and we're going to do that."
Freedom is not an emotion. Pain is an emotion. But painful is not quite the right word.
Responding to the pastor burning the Koran:
"That's the same freedom. We're fighting for his freedom to do it. I don't think he should be doing it. I think we should respect each others' religions because if he doesn't have the freedom to do that then I'm not going to have the freedom to say what I want to say, to pray to whoever I want to pray to, wherever and whenever."
Wait, wait, don't tell me....