On Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla, former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer discussed how divided America was politically before 9/11 and how the the country came together in part because of the leadership of President George W. Bush.
"It's very sad that it took a tragedy like September 11th to bring together the American community. Things weren't nearly as bad as they were now in terms of partisanship and divisiveness, but they were pretty rough in 2001. People said some bad things about George Bush. People called him the illegitimate president because of the recount. And we instantly joined together as a country, but people also responded very well to George Bush's leadership. Bush had a 90% job approval. And it wasn't just the reflex to rally around the flag. People are inspired by the president's decision making. They were inspired by his leadership, his calm, his projection of strength. All of that is what presidents can do. And that helped bring together that sense of community."