Nightly News   |  April 29, 2013

Boston mayor to hold ‘all the public events I can have’

Acknowledging the world is forever changed by 9/11, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino vowed that he won’t let terrorists change the way Bostonians go about their public lives. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> finally tonight, this past weekend in boston the mayor agreed to sit down with us and talk about what he and the city have been through. tom menino has been mayor for 20 years. on the saturday before marathon monday he had surgery on a broken ankle. he was in the hospital on patriot's day when the bomb went off. he normally would have been there at the finish line reviewing stand. against his doctors' wishes, he signed himself out of the hospital because, as he said, he had a city to run. what did your doctor think of your decision to check yourself out of the hospital?

>> oh, they didn't like it at all. they were saying, you can't do this, you can't. i said, well, i can do it, watch me.

>> what about pain meds? how did you keep your head clear?

>> i don't take pain meds. i don't take them.

>> three days after surgery.

>> yeah. i don't take pain meds.

>> you were clear-headed.

>> all i take is tylenol.

>> wow.

>> i don't take any of that stuff. i have had bad reactions. i won't take pain meds.

>> when did you allow yourself some time for this to sink in? you were a perpetual motion machine after the first word.

>> actually, we set up a command center in my hospital room. everybody was working out of my hospital room. my top staff were there all the time with me, 24 hours a day , to watch what was going on.

>> it should be pretty clear by now that they picked the wrong city to do it. not here in boston .

>> what was it like to have the president in boston for such a sad occasion?

>> the president did a great job that morning at the cathedral of the holy cross . his message there, we're one city, one country, and we'll get through this together.

>> it was important to you to rise that day, and speak. for the people of boston it was like watching fdr get out of his chair. i know it was a big deal for you to get up and talk.

>> some people suggested i stay in the chair. i said, i have to get up. i have to send a message out there. we're strong, resilient, and we are going to get through this. i stood up and i hope my message was strong. that's who i am.

>> finally, what you would say to any of u.s. going to dodger games yankees games, royals games, trying to enjoy a summer. families going to yosemite. families going to be in big crowds, out with the children. how should people process this?

>> our world has changed forever since 9/11. there are people out there who want to create mayhem. we have to go about our lives. if you see something, you have to report it, of course. the public safety officials have to be cognizant of what happened out there also. you have to be sharper than you have ever been. better trained. the public events have to continue. i'm telli ining you. i'm only mayor for nine more months. i'm going to have all the public events i can have. i want this city to be alive. i want this country to be alive. it's so important for us to do