More powerful than politics

Ashley Calvani | Online Editor

I don’t want to beat a dead horse.

We all know the significance of this day. We all froze in our tracks for a moment of silence, a moment of remembrance, and continued on with our lives.

The towers fell and the planes crashed 11 years ago, but while we all look back at a time when our country was so wounded and yet so united, I think that rowdy sense of American pride and power still lives in us all.

But there is something today that made me even prouder.

Carlo Muñoz and Jeremy Herb of The Hill wrote today:

“From the White House to the Pentagon, Washington turned away briefly from the bruising political season on Tuesday to commemorate the devastating attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney took a break from campaign sparring to pay tribute to the thousands of Americans who died in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania on 9/11. Both camps pulled down their TV advertisements for the day, and neither held campaign rallies.

“With less than two months to go before Election Day, I would normally speak to a gathering like this about the differences between my and my opponent’s plans for our military and for our national security,” Romney said Tuesday during a speech at the National Guard Association convention.

“There is a time and a place for that, but this day is not it,” the GOP nominee said.

Speaking at the Pentagon, Obama told the families of the 9/11 victims gathered at the department’s memorial that the deaths of their loved ones, while devastating, ultimately united the country.

“When the history books are written, the true legacy of 9/11 will not be one of fear or hate or division. It will be a safer world, a stronger nation and a people more united than ever before,” Obama said after observing a moment of silence at the White House at 8:46 a.m. — the moment the first plane struck the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York.” (To read the full article, click here.)

The campaigns have been vicious on both sides. Maybe it’s effective, but to me attacks on the other candidate should be unnecessary in the name of record and progress. But never mind that.

Let’s instead appreciate what both men did today. There is nothing political about 9/11. You can’t put a reform or a policy into action that will ever bring back our loved ones, our fellow countrymen.

It seems ignorant to fight on a day when our country should come together.


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