The country is pausing for reflection on the tenth anniversary of the attacks on September 11th, and for the most part even politics is being put aside.
In a moment of bipartisanship, President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush joined together to lead a memorial that began with the raising of a tattered American flag damaged that day, followed by silence, Psalms and a letter from Abraham Lincoln written during the civil war.
Yesterday, Obama gave an interview on NBC News stating that there was “no doubt” America is safer than it was 10 years ago, but that the country still needs to remain alert. “There are still people out there who will try to hurt Americans…we have to be constantly vigilant.”
Republican Senator and former Presidential nominee John McCain agreed while speaking on Fox News, saying “I can understand why people want to focus on home.” Still, he warned that pulling troops from Afghanistan too soon simply because of economic concerns could be a danger, too.
Still, sadly, we are in an election cycle, and not everyone can put politics on hold for a full day. The New York special election is two days away, and New York Republicans have once more brought up the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” to push a wedge between Democrat David Weprin and the voters of the district, this time sending out an “incendiary” mailer with a mosque rising from the debris of the site, with a photo of Weprin stating “I support the right of the mosque to build” next to one of a smiling President Obama. Weprin is currently trailing Republican Bob Turner in the latest polling.
Be sure to click here for more of our September 11th anniversary coverage, which will continue all weekend.
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