Biden says 9/11 showed world what it means to be American

PARMA, Ohio (AP) -- Joe Biden is recalling the morning of 9/11.

Seven years after the series of attacks that killed thousands, the Democratic vice presidential candidate discussed what he sees as the impact of the event.

Speaking to police, firefighters and other first responders at an American Legion post in suburban Cleveland today, Biden said he was riding a train into Washington and speaking by phone to his wife as the extent of the September 11th attacks became clearer.

Jill Biden asked him, "What does it mean, Joe?"

Today the Delaware senator says it was all about the response. Biden calls the actions of first responders that day "a measure of who we are as a people that ordinary people did extraordinary things trying to save others." That, he says, defined for the world what it means to be an American.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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