The catastrophic events prior to the Sept. 11 foreign terror attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the demise of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania occurred in a time of consequential political instability. The 2000 presidential election between Texas Gov. George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore was a virtual tie, and wasn’t decided until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Florida recount on behalf of the governor.
Gore was understandably dejected, but conceded on Dec. 13, saying, “I accept the finality of the outcome, which will be ratified next Monday in the Electoral College. And tonight, for the sake of our unity as a people and the strength of our democracy, I offer my concession.”