Few days merit multiple Clips of the day, and 9/11 is one of them. The day that will be forever infamous not only for the visions of desolation, destruction, and pain that resulted from the terrorists attacks on New York City and the Pentagon, but also for the response America had to the attacks.
Men ran straight into the unknown as firefighters, cops, and even civilians put their lives on the line to save their fellow countrymen. In the time of our greatest terror, we showed our greatest resolve. Yet, in the midst of this unity, we still needed a way to heal, to convince ourselves that we weren’t just saying we would be okay, but that we WOULD be okay. And what better way to unite a country in healing than the national pastime.
You can say what you want about George W as a president, but when the country needed him most, he stepped up and delivered. The Yankees were in the World Series a little more than a month after the events of September 11th, and W was throwing out the first pitch. It was in New York, and only a strike would do. There was a huge uncertainty surrounding Bush being vulnerable to the public, but he did what he had to do–he stepped up and delivered a strike. Even for those that don’t love baseball it was a memorable moment. He threw the perfect pitch at the perfect time and as the crowd screamed “USA USA USA,” they knew healing was not just possible, but plausible.