John McCain and Barack Obama were “cordial but somber” during their visit to ground zero today, according to the Times: “The two presidential nominees walked shoulder-to-shoulder down a long ramp toward the site, occasionally chatting along the way … At the end of the ramp, the two senators greeted a small receiving line; each took a rose — Mr. Obama, a pink one, and Mr. McCain, a yellow one — and laid the flower on a reflecting pool at the bottom of the site. They stood silent for a few moments, each clasping his own fingers, and then shook hands with officers of the New York police and fire departments.” If only they had clasped each other’s fingers. Then we would know everything was really going to be okay. [NYT]
No senator has seen their standing hurt more in the age of Trump.