Biden, Bush and Other Political Figures Point To Unity On 9/11 Anniversary

Headline Roundup September 11th, 2021

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, many political leaders highlighted the unity and resiliency that once helped Americans move forward. The White House shared a pre-recorded message from President Biden on Friday, calling unity "the central lesson" of the 9/11 attacks. "Unity doesn't mean we have to believe the same thing," Biden said. "But we must have a fundamental respect and faith in each other and in this nation." Biden then stood alongside former presidents Barrack Obama and Bill Clinton at the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum on Saturday. Vice President Kamala Harris and former President George W. Bush further emphasized the significance of unity at the memorial service for the victims and heroes of United Airlines Flight 93 in Shanksville, PA. Harris said "we were all reminded that unity is possible in America" in the days following the 9/11 attacks. While Bush said those days of unity "seem distant from our own," that time represented "the truest version of ourselves" and "what we can be again." Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump launched a partisan attack against Biden “and his inept administration" for surrendering “in defeat” by withdrawing troops from Afghanistan.

Coverage didn't differ much along partisan lines, highlighting unity over polarizing messages. This was also reflected in opinion pieces from across the spectrum.

From the Center

Three American presidents stood somberly side by side Saturday at the National September 11 Memorial in New York, sharing a moment of silence to mark the anniversary of the nation’s worst terrorist attack with a display of unity.

Presidents Joe Biden, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton gathered at the site where the World Trade Center towers fell two decades ago. Each man wore a blue ribbon and held his hands over his heart as a procession marched a flag through the memorial before hundreds of people, some carrying photos of loved ones...

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From the Left

President Joe Biden paid tribute to the victims of the Sep. 11 terror attacks Friday, commemorating their lives and the losses of their families in a somber six-and-a-half-minute video.

Biden, in prerecorded remarks to the nation on the eve of the 20th anniversary, hailed the shared sense of national purpose that Americans felt after 9/11, and called unity the "greatest strength" of the country.

"Unity is what makes us who we are, America at its best. To me that's the central lesson of Sept. 11," he said. "Unity doesn't mean...

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From the Right

The chimes of the Bells of Remembrance at the memorial service for the victims and heroes of Flight 93 in Shanksville, PA, was followed Saturday by a thunderous speech on a divided nation from former President George W. Bush.

“In the weeks and months following the 9/11 attacks, I was proud to lead an amazing, resilient, united people. When it comes to the unity of America, those days seem distant from our own,” Bush said.

“[Malignant forces seem] at work in our common life that turns every disagreement into an argument,...

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