Biden infuriates 9/11 families as first POTUS to blow off Ground Zero ceremonies; sends VP Harris to sub

President Biden infuriated 9/11 families when he became the first president to not attend Ground Zero ceremonies in honor of those fallen or even hold a memorial service at the White House as Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama had done.

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The ceremonies took place on Monday at the three crash sites in Manhattan, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, as President Biden spent time in Alaska.

“[H]e couldn’t arrange his schedule to make it back for a 9/11 ceremony, instead doing a flyby on the remotest part of US soil? It may have been 22 years, but New Yorkers remember,” wrote New York Post columnist Andrea Peyser.

Fox News reporter Peter Doocy reported on the White House’s take on Biden’s absence, “The analogy that I was given is that 22 years after Pearl Harbor, U.S. Presidents were not still going to visit Hawaii.”

The president sent Vice President Kamala Harris to sub for him at the ceremony in Manhattan. She was a poor substitute, stepping in for an absent president to honor the 2,977 who died due to the deadliest terrorist attack the nation has ever seen. It was the 22nd anniversary of the horrific incident.

First lady Jill Biden will lay a wreath at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. Harris’ husband, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, will visit Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where passengers on Flight 93 took down a plane that terrorists intended to use in an attack on Washington, DC.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, who was commander of US Central Command responsible for all US military operations in Afghanistan, will hold an observance ceremony at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial to commemorate the area of the Pentagon that the terrorists attacked on that dark day.

Former New York City Mayors Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg were both in attendance for the ceremony on Monday morning. Giuliani showed up despite the political witch hunt against him by the Left. He was the city’s mayor during the attacks. Bloomberg succeeded him.

Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was also at the service along with current Mayor Eric Adams. Other Democrats in attendance included Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, and Sen Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

According to the Daily Mail, Harris was seen speaking with Bloomberg and De Blasio in New York City on Monday. She reportedly steered clear of Giuliani.

Instead of overseeing 9/11 in New York, Biden spent two hours at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska with service members and first responders as he made his way home from a 24-hour trip to Vietnam. That foreign visit was marked by a disastrous press conference.

During the press conference, Biden once again called on reporters from a prepared list. Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre also reportedly cut short the event.

Biden told a disjointed long shaggy dog story about a John Wayne movie referring to cowboys and “Indians.” He then launched into his tale involving the phrase “lying dog-faced pony soldier.”

Earlier in the day, the president visited the John Sidney McCain III Memorial in Hanoi to honor the late US senator and war veteran and exchanged a challenge coin with a US service member, according to the New York Post.

The White House released vague details Sunday night on Biden and Harris’ involvement in 9/11 ceremonies.

Presidential candidate Governor Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) and his wife Casey were both in Manhattan for the 9/11 commemoration.

Biotech millionaire and presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy (R) also traveled to New York to attend the 9/11 FDNY Pipes and Drums Tribute.

“No one who lived through the horror of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks can ever forget the agony and the anguish of that terrible day. It was a terrible day,” GOP frontrunner former President Trump sadly stated in a video posted to his Truth Social account.

We will say a prayer for each of the beautiful families left behind, whose pain is beyond comprehension,” he noted while honoring the memory of firefighters, police officers, Port Authority employees, military service members, and first responders who “gave their lives in the line of duty.”

“God bless the memory of all of those who perished in the 911 attacks,” Trump concluded. “We will never, ever forget.”

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