[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/01/21/preston.politics/art.joebiden.gi.jpg caption="Joe Biden has long been a fixture on Capitol Hill and now assumes the role of vice president."] WASHINGTON (CNN) - It was a beautiful autumn day when I bumped into Sen. Joe Biden outside the U.S. Capitol, and I was desperately looking for information about questions that at the time were unanswerable.
People were fleeing the Capitol and scattering in different directions. They were headed anywhere but there - except for Biden.
At the time, I was working for the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call, and I stopped and asked him "What do you know? You're the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee." He paused and said, "Let's talk down there," pointing to a location farther down the hill. "I was just told by the Capitol Police that there is an inbound plane headed for the Capitol."
That fateful day was September 11, 2001.