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Editor’s Notebook: My most visceral 9/11 moment

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We are now upon the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the most visceral moment I had came late in day.

At the time, I was living on the top floor of a Columbia Pike apartment building (the move to Shirlington would come a scant month later). It was not high or close enough to have a direct line of sight to the Pentagon, no matter the season (trees leaves or no tree leaves).

The night of the attack, I had the TV news on, and there was a report that the fire at the Pentagon had re-ignited. And looking out from a window of my eighth-story abode, I could see flames rising above tree-level in the not far off in the distance. Very eerie, indeed.

Last night brought a large crowd out to Washington Golf & Country Club, where the Arlington Historical Society marked the 20th anniversary of the attack. Extensive coverage will be coming up; it will take a day or so to digest it all and get it ready for publication, but it will get there.

A SAD SPECTACLE, INDEED: How sad to see President Biden yesterday once again trying to be “Mr. Tough Guy” when it was clear all he was trying to do with yet another COVID speech was change the subject from all the problems he and his administration are facing on multiple fronts.

Misdirection in time when poll numbers are plummeting is a standard presidential tactic, but one in which we all have grown weary in recent years.

(For the record: I spent the second half of 2020 wondering how, in a country of 330 million people, our choices for president boiled down to two old men completely unsuited for modern leadership. Both Trump and Biden repelled me, albeit in different ways. They should have been duking it out for presidency of a Florida old-folks condo complex, not of the nation. Alas.)

Somebody needs to get to President Biden and tell him that every time he tries to look tough, he just comes off as over his head. My free-and-worth-every-penny advice: Tone it down, stop playing politics with COVID (c’mon, did you think nobody is noticing that is what has been going on?), and stop being so reflexively angry at half the country.

We will all be better off.

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