Every year on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the president of the United States visits one of the attack sites. Biden broke that tradition this year. Here’s how people reacted.
Snubbing the Memory?
On the 22nd anniversary of the September 11 attacks, President Biden became the first president in 22 years to not visit an affected location.
Instead, Biden was in Anchorage, Alaska, speaking at a ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
According to a statement from the White House, Vice President Kamala Harris attended a ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City.
First, Lady Jill Biden visited the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial.
“Singular?” Slip Up
After attending the G20 summit in India, Biden flew to Vietnam for a press conference. He then headed to Alaska to “speak to several thousand [US] troops.”
Because of his busy itinerary, Biden said he was “not gonna be able to get back to the site where it occurred.” This statement received backlash on X.
One user questioned Biden, saying, “The site? Singular?”
She also called Biden a “despicable human” for not acknowledging the attacks at four different locations on September 11, 2001.
“Honor the Lives Lost”
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden had plans to “honor the lives lost and the families of loved ones who still feel the pain of the terrible day.”
Jean-Pierre ended her statement by saying, “We can only imagine the heartbreak and pain that the 9/11 families have felt every day for the past 22 years.”
One woman who lost her husband on 9/11 at the World Trade Center criticized Biden’s choice not to “commemorate the loss with the families.”
We Pledged to Never Forget
She said it was “terrible” that Biden was doing the “opposite of what we’ve all pledged to never forget.”
Another man who lost his father on 9/11 said that Biden’s actions portrayed the message “that Americans have forgotten and that it’s okay to forget.”
He also said the people who lost loved ones on September 11 have “no way of forgetting.”
Several military veterans spoke out about Biden’s untimely trip to Alaska, saying it was just another “snub to the American people.”
“Lack of Reverence and Compassion”
Marine Corps veteran Mark Geist said he expected to see “reverence and compassion” from America’s politicians but saw a “lack of” instead.
Another Marine Corps veteran, Victor Marx, said Biden was “missing an opportunity to demonstrate his dedication to upholding the values and principles that define our nation.”
One X user commented that Biden “doesn’t have a sympathetic bone in his body” and “should be ashamed” for not attending the 9/11 ceremonies at the attack sites.
“It’s Time to Move On”
Another comment suggested, “It’s time to move on.”
This person said, “A whole generation has grown up without memory of [9/11]. Did LBJ visit Pearl Harbor 22 years after it happened?”
That’s when she said, “We must never forget, but it’s time to move on.”
Another X user supported the president by saying he was “taking care of business” on his trip to Alaska.
“Desecration of the Memory” of Lives Lost
Rudy Giuliani, mayor of New York City during the September 11 attacks, was shocked that Biden chose not to visit one of the scenes of the attacks on the 22nd anniversary.
Giuliani said Biden is a “desecration of the memory of the people who died that day and that died after that in trying to secure our freedom.”
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Source: Fox News