Biden mentioned that he took photos with boys who wore Trump hats at the fire station.
“Are we going, in the next four, five, six, ten years, to demonstrate that democracies can work or not? he said, before expressing his disappointment with the tenor of the current political debates, including “the stuff coming out of Florida”.
Former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama joined Biden earlier in a memorial ceremony at Ground Zero in New York City. Former President Donald Trump visited New York City police and firefighters.
Vice President Kamala Harris, who spoke at the memorial, also touched on the themes of unity, referring to the efforts of passengers who attempted to resume the hijacked United flight over Pennsylvania ago 20 years.
“They didn’t focus on what might separate us,” she said. “They focused on what we all share: on the humanity we all share. Within minutes, under the most extreme circumstances, the 40 responded as one. They fought for their own lives and to save the lives of countless others on our nation’s Capitol Hill.
United Airlines Flight 93 was hijacked by four Al Qaeda operatives and ultimately crashed in a field in Shanksville after passengers and crew struggled to regain control of the plane. Thirty-seven passengers and seven crew members were killed.
Biden referred to the efforts of those passengers during his visit to the fire station.
“It’s one thing to say, I know I should step up, it’s another thing to do. It’s a real heroism, ”he said.
Later Saturday, Biden attended a wreath laying ceremony at the Pentagon, where 184 people died in another plane crash on September 11. He was accompanied by First Lady Jill Biden, Harris, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, General Mark Milley and Secretary of Defense Lloyd. Austin.