On the Anniversary of 9/11, Biden Says the Future of Democracy is on the Line

Shortly after former President George W. Bush spoke at the Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, Pa., on Saturday, President Biden arrived to watch a wreath-laying ceremony at the place the place, 20 years in the past, a aircraft crashed after courageous passengers and crew members confronted the terrorists who had hijacked it.

“It’s one thing to say, ‘I know I should step up.’ It’s another thing to do it,’” Mr. Biden stated to a crowd gathered at a volunteer fireplace division after the ceremony. “That’s genuine heroism.”

Mr. Biden praised Mr. Bush’s speech, a name to unity for Americans divided by their political variations. And as he ready to go away Shanksville for his final cease at the Pentagon, the president addressed a subject that takes up nice deal of his consideration: the existential battle he feels is occurring in America, and the alternative he believes should be made between democracy and the rising affect of authoritarianism.

“Are we going to — in the next four, five, six, 10 years — demonstrate that democracies can work, or not?” he requested.

As president, Mr. Biden is struggling to maneuver on from the far-reaching aftermath of the assaults. The finish of the struggle in Afghanistan has been politically expensive for him and has made it troublesome for him to pivot to a overseas coverage doctrine that positions the nation to battle what he sees as extra urgent challenges: combating local weather change, making ready for future pandemics and maintaining tempo with China.

Before he left Shanksville, Mr. Biden stated that he was appalled at how coarse the political dialogue between Republicans and Democrats had change into.

“They think this makes sense for us to be in this kind of thing where you ride down the street and someone has a sign saying ‘F so and so,’” Mr. Biden stated, referring to the expletive-laden indicators which are usually noticed alongside presidential motorcade routes.