Obama, Romney Promise No Political Scumbaggery On 9/11
It's somewhat discouraging that it takes the anniversary of the most somber day in American history for the two men running for president to act somewhat civil towards each other -- but we'll take what we can get.
Today, on the 11th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, President Barack Obama and his opponent, Mitt Romney, have pledged to keep the political rhetoric, dishonest attacks and crude jabs to a minimum.
"On this most somber day, those who would attack us should know that we are united, one nation under God, in our determination to stop them and to stand tall for peace and freedom at home and across the world," Romney said in a statement before a speech to members of the National Guard this morning.
The president, meanwhile, had a moment of silence at the White House this morning to commemorate those who died in the attacks.
Obama and Romeny each have opted to suspend -- albeit briefly -- political attack ads on the anniversary, and are keeping their schedules somewhat non-political.
The decision to suspend the political scumbaggery keeps with 9/11 tradition -- during the 2008 presidential campaign, both Obama and Arizona Senator John McCain made a similar pledge. If you recall, the two foes walked side-by-side at Ground Zero before honoring the dead.
"We might fall well short of their standard, but there's honor in the effort," McCain said at the time.
Sadly, tomorrow is another day in presidential politics, and the vitriol is certain to return -- so enjoy the breath of fresh air while it lasts.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Village Voice's biggest stories.
- New York City's Food Pantries Are Struggling to Keep Up With a Growing Demand For Meals
Fri., Nov. 27, 6:30pm
Fri., Nov. 27, 7:00pm
Fri., Nov. 27, 7:30pm
Sat., Nov. 28, 12:00am
- As Islamophobic Rhetoric Gets Louder, NYC Muslims Fear for Their Mosques
- Forget Big Chain Theaters — Watch Movies at These Cool NYC Spots Instead