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.
Biden Breaks Tradition
On the 22nd anniversary of the September 11 attacks on America, President Biden became the first president in 22 years to not visit one of the affected locations.
Instead, Biden was in Anchorage, Alaska, speaking at a ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
Vice President and First Lady Take His Place
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, and the First Lady Jill Biden visited the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial.
Biden Has Been Traveling
After attending the G20 summit in India, Biden flew to Vietnam for a press conference. Biden headed to Alaska from Vietnam to “speak to several thousand of [America’s] 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, formerly known as Twitter.
One user questioned Biden, saying, “The site? Singular?” She also called Biden a “Despicable human” for not acknowledging the attacks at four locations on September 11, 2001.
“Very Important” to the President
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.” She said it was “very important” to the president.
Heartbreak and Pain
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.”
She Lost Her Husband on 9/11
One woman who lost her husband on 9/11 at the World Trade Center criticized Biden’s choice to not “commemorate the loss with the families.”
She said it was “terrible” that Biden was doing the “opposite of what we’ve all pledged to never forget.”
No Way of Forgetting
Another man who lost his father on 9/11 said Biden’s actions portrayed the message “Americans have forgotten and that it’s okay to forget.”
He also said the people who lost loved ones on September 11th have “No way of forgetting.”
Snub to the American People
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.”
He Should Be Ashamed
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.
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.”
Taking Care of Business
Another X user supported the president by saying he was “Taking care of business” on his trip to Alaska.
Mayor Rudy Giuliani Speaks Out
Rudy Giuliani was the mayor of New York City during the September 11 attacks. He was shocked that Biden chose not to visit one of the scenes of the attacks on the 22nd anniversary.
Biden is “Desecrating” the Memory of Those Who Died
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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