The election is closing quickly and the yet undecided voters are examining the presidential candidates more closely. As it looks now, the margin of the election is going to be miniscule.
The difference of leadership between the major party candidates is becoming more apparent. American citizens remember the President on a mound of debris at Ground Zero just days after the attacks, assuring the American people that our attackers would “hear from all of us soon.”
The assurance of a defended country was comforting to the people. The next week Bush stood at the joint session of Congress and notified the world: “either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.” The firm stance that he took for our country in those times of peril was strengthening to all.
In October 2001, just weeks after the Afghanistan bombing was underway, Bush decided to go to New York City and throw out the first pitch of the World Series. The security was almost chaotic, especially since law enforcement had not had an abundant amount of time to prepare for proper security measures.
Despite this, Bush went to Yankees Stadium to throw the first pitch before 60,000 fans and millions around the world.
His decision to put his life in danger to prove that the citizens needed to carry out their lives as they did before the 9/11 attacks was fruitful.
The bold stance the President took to prove he was not scared of terrorists sent a strong message around the world about America’s resolve to embrace freedom and not cower when times get rough.
Bush retains the mindset of being strong in the midst of hard times. When it came to the global war on terrorism, he said citizens of the United States “will not tire, will not falter, and we will not fail.”
*Shawn Murphy is the president of the Sophomore Class and leader of the College Republicans.