Quotation by Dianne Feinstein

Today, San Francisco has experienced a double tragedy of incredible proportions. As acting mayor, I order an immediate state of mourning in our city. The city and county of San Francisco must and will pull itself together at this time. We will carry on as best as we possibly can.... I think we all have to share the same sense of shame and the same sense of outrage.
Dianne Feinstein (b. 1933), U.S. politician. As quoted in Dianne Feinstein, ch. 10, by Jerry Roberts (1994).

Feinstein, then President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, made the first of these two statements at a 12:30 p.m. press conference on November 27, 1978; less than two hours earlier, Supervisor Dan White had murdered Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone in their offices at City Hall. Feinstein, who had also been in her office, had heard shots in Milk's office and had discovered his body; she had actually spoken briefly to White in the moments between the two murders, without realizing that Moscone had been shot. She made the second statement at a Board meeting on November 27, 1978, at its regularly scheduled time of 2:00 p.m.; determined to start the meeting on time so as to reassure the city that its government was still in order, she said this, called for silent prayer, and then recessed the Board. She was lauded for her calming, organized behavior in time of crisis. With the Mayor's death, she had succeeded to the Acting Mayoralty; she was elected Mayor in 1979 and 1983, was narrowly defeated for the Governorship of California in 1990, and was elected to the United States Senate in 1992 and 1994.
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