President Joe Biden became the first U.S. president not to attend Ground Zero ceremonies or hold memorials on the 22nd anniversary of 9/11, sending Vice President Kamala Harris to stand in for him. Making matters worse, the White House offered a lame excuse for Biden essentially being MIA, drawing plenty of ridicule online.
Technically, the president wasn’t missing, he marked the occasion in a brief statement from Alaska while returning from a trip to the Group of 20 summit in India and then a stop in Vietnam. On this solemn day, Biden opened his remarks by cracking a joke and proceeded to lie about visiting Ground Zero the day after the attack by Islamic extremists.
Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy reported on the reasoning he was given by the White House on Biden not participating in ceremonies at one of the attack sites: “The analogy that I was given is that, 22 years after Pearl Harbor, U.S. presidents were not still going to Hawaii.”
“The analogy that I was given is that 22 years after Pearl Harbor, U.S. Presidents were not still going to visit Hawaii.” pic.twitter.com/Qt2ma1jhki
— BPR based (@DumpstrFireNews) September 11, 2023
However, to the surprise of no one paying attention, the White House was wrong in that assertion, as President John F. Kennedy visited Pearl Harbor a few months before the 22nd anniversary of the Japanese attack on the island.
On Dec. 7, 2020, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library posted on its X account that JFK visited the USS Arizona in 1963.
“Today the country marks the anniversary of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor,” the presidential library’s account tweeted. “In 1963, President Kennedy visited the USS Arizona Memorial and laid a wreath for those who perished in the surprise attack.”
Today the country marks the anniversary of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. In 1963, President Kennedy visited the USS Arizona Memorial and laid a wreath for those who perished in the surprise attack.
— JFK Library (@JFKLibrary) December 7, 2020
In addition to joking about possibly being an All-Star to open his remarks in Alaska, Biden claimed that he stood at Ground Zero in New York City viewing the damage one day after the terrorist attacks.
“Ground Zero in New York — I remember standing there the next day and looking at the building. I felt like I was looking through the gates of Hell, it looked so devastating because the way you could — from where you could stand,” Biden said during his speech at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska.
BIDEN: “Ground Zero in New York — I remember standing there the next day and looking at the building. I felt like I was looking through the gates of hell.”
On September 12, 2001, Biden was in Washington, D.C., for a Senate session. pic.twitter.com/vUyu63KXcV
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 11, 2023
But he was not in New York on Sept. 12, 2021. He was in Washington, D.C., because the Senate convened that day to condemn the attack, and C-SPAN coverage of the proceedings on September 12, 2001, showed Biden giving a speech on the floor of the Senate.
Biden should recall where he was because he was the Democratic manager of the joint resolution the upper chamber passed condemning the terrorist attacks.
Katie Pavlich, an editor for Townhall and a Fox News contributor, noted on X that Biden was “MIA” on 9/11 while calling attention to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis who visited Ground Zero in New York, and it was not lost on others that the commander in chief essentially went missing that solemn day:
Imagine being in the White House and concluding that Joe Biden being MIA on 9/11 was the politically safer option.
— Matt Margolis (@mattmargolis) September 11, 2023
Watch the MSM ignore Biden’s missing on 9/11
— Lenny Taylor (@LenardTaylor11) September 11, 2023
Where was the US President on 9/11?
Missing in action.
At least the grief-stricken families gathered at Ground Zero were not enraged by Biden glancing at his watch.
— The View from Israel (@netre25) September 12, 2023
As for the ridicule:
They don’t even try to fact check anything now before they make a statement.
It doesn’t matter to them because there are no repercussions for overtly lying to the U.S. public.
— Eric Pistey (@shawnpisteySC) September 11, 2023
They lied, as usual
— Old School Eddie (@Old_SchoolEddie) September 11, 2023
He can barely walk, not expecting anything from Joe.
— Thang (@Thang79918183) September 11, 2023
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