Biden mentioned taking photos with boys wearing Trump hats at the fire station.
“Are we going to show in the next four, five, six, ten years that democracies can work or not?” He said before expressing disappointment with the tenor of current political debates, including “the things that come from Florida” .
Former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama previously joined Biden at a memorial ceremony at Ground Zero in New York City. Former President Donald Trump meanwhile stayed in Florida and is supposed to comment on a celebrity boxing match on Saturday night.
Vice President Kamala Harris, speaking at the memorial, also raised issues of unity, citing the efforts of passengers who tried to recapture the hijacked United flight over Pennsylvania 20 years ago.
“They weren’t focusing on what might separate us,” she said. “They focused on what we all share: the humanity that we all share. Within minutes, under the worst of circumstances, the 40 reacted like one. They fought for their own lives and to save the lives of countless others in our nation’s Capitol. “
United Airlines Flight 93 was hijacked by four al-Qaeda members and eventually crashed in a field in Shanksville after passengers and crew struggled to regain control of the plane. Thirty-seven passengers and seven crew members were killed.
Biden referred to the efforts of these passengers during his visit to the fire department.
“It’s one thing to say I know I should be promoted, it’s another thing to do. That’s real heroism, ”he said.