Clay has this tidbit from CNN's Larry King interview with John Kerry:
"...And as I came in [to a meeting in Sen. Daschle's office], Barbara Boxer and Harry Reid were standing there, and we watched the second plane come in to the building. And we shortly thereafter sat down at the table and then we just realized nobody could think, and then boom, right behind us, we saw the cloud of explosion at the Pentagon..."
Red State points out that plane #2 hit at 9:03, and the Pentagon was hit at 9:43.
Now, it may well be true that not being able think is just part of Being Barbara Boxer, but it's a little alarming when someone goes from victim to carrier. Apparently, the Boxer-induced brain paralysis, probably combined with the Kerry-induced stupor (he didn't say nobody could talk) was potent enough that not only couldn't they think for 40 minutes, it took them 40 minutes to recognize that fact. Kind of like having hypoxia. Maybe people who attend Democratic planning sessions should be required to bring supplemental oxygen after 30 minutes.