Bi-Partisan on 9/11?

In 2008 Presidential Elections, September 11, U.S History on September 6, 2008 by Editor Z

After seven years, 9/11 has been invoked constant times by politicians (especially those disciples of Bush/Cheney) to justify appalling policies, attack opponents, and gain political traction. Now, Ben Smith over at the politico writes that for the first time since a few months after these attacks, on the seventh anniversary of that horrific day, the McCain/Palin campaign and the Obama/Biden campaigns pledge to put partisan politics aside to remember those who perished and how a nation came together that one day when we were catapulted into the changed world we now live.


A joint statement from the campaigns:

“On September 11, 2008, we will join together to mark the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks at Ground Zero.

“All of us came together on 9/11 — not as Democrats or Republicans — but as Americans. In smoke-filled corridors and on the steps of the Capitol; at blood banks and at vigils — we were united as one American family. On Thursday, we will put aside politics and come together to renew that unity, to honor the memory of each and every American who died, and to grieve with the families and friends who lost loved ones. We will also give thanks for the firefighters, police and emergency responders who set a heroic example of selfless service, and for the men and women who serve today in defense of the freedom and security that came under attack in New York City, at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pa.”

This is an optimistic sign, but I remain skeptical. I doubt that this will put a permanent halt towards the sickening politicization of 9/11 (i.e Rudy Giuliani). However this was a day when all Americans stood in solidarity, overcome by grief but resilient. Think what we could have done had we had better leadership.



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