In Shanksville, Biden says the future of democracy is in the line.

In Shanksville, Biden says the future of democracy is in the line.

Shortly after former President George W. Bush spoke at the Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, Pa., President Biden arrived to inspect a wreath-laying ceremony at the site where, 20 years earlier, a plane crashed after brave passengers and crew Was. The 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,’ Mr. Biden told a crowd gathered at a volunteer fire department after the ceremony. “That’s real heroism.”

Mr Biden praised Mr Bush’s speech, a call for unity divided by their political differences for Americans. And as he prepared to leave Shanksville for his final stop at the Pentagon, the president addressed a topic that deserves a lot of attention: the fight for survival he thinks is happening in America, and he believes that the election should be between democracy and The growing influence of authoritarianism.

“Are we going to demonstrate in the next four, five, six, 10 years that democracy can work or not?” He asked.

As president, Mr Biden is struggling to move on from the far-reaching aftermath of the attacks. The end of the war in Afghanistan has been politically costly for him and has made it difficult for him to pivot to a foreign policy doctrine that poses to fight what the country sees as more pressing challenges: combating climate change, Preparing for future pandemics and coordinating with China.

Before leaving Shanksville, Mr Biden said he was amazed at how thick the political dialogue between Republicans and Democrats had become.

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“They think it makes sense for us to be in this sort of thing where you ride down the street and someone has a sign saying ‘F so and so,'” Mr Biden said. which are frequent. Seen on the routes of the presidential convoy.

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