But Pataki supports the decision not to have government figures speak.
“It’s time to take the next step, which is simply to continue to pay tribute,” said Pataki, who expects he’ll continue to attend.
Of course, it’s difficult to remember 9/11 without remembering its impact on the nation’s political narrative. As both an event and a symbol, it’s “seared into the American social and political psyche, with profound consequences,” says Baruch College political science professor Douglas Muzzio.
And from the start, the anniversary has been a flashpoint for accusations of playing politics with Sept. 11.
When Republicans scheduled their 2004 national convention in New York City less than two weeks before the anniversary, some victims’ relatives accused the GOP of using Sept. 11 as a political backdrop.