President Joe Biden is facing criticism for hosting a barbecue at the White House on a Sunday afternoon while a war rages in Israel and with allegations of Hamas holding Americans hostages. Here’s the whole story.
Republican Missouri Senator Josh Hawley took to Twitter to express his disapproval, writing, “While Hamas holds Americans hostage, Joe Biden is enjoying a picnic with a live band.”
Biden Is Enjoying a Picnic
He accompanied his tweet with a screenshot of a White House Pool report, which seemed to confirm the presence of a live band at the White House during the reported barbecue event.
The White House Pool report, sent just after 6 p.m. on Sunday, shared the unusual combination of a live band playing near the Rose Garden while a serious international crisis unfolded.
A Live Band Was Playing
The report noted, “In the late afternoon and early evening, a live band could be heard coming from the area near the Rose Garden. Your pooler asked why a band was playing. From the White House: The President and First Lady are hosting a BBQ for White House Executive Residence Staff and their families.”
This report sparked criticism from several conservatives who questioned the timing and appropriateness of such an event.
The backdrop for this controversy is the Israeli government’s declaration of war on Sunday, marking the first time since the Yom Kippur War of 1973 that the nation has officially made such a declaration.
The Surprise Attack
The declaration came in response to the surprise attacks launched by Hamas.
The conflict has had a devastating impact, with at least 1,000 civilians in Israel reported dead since the attacks began on Saturday morning.
Additionally, over 4,500 people have been injured.
Hamas Took Hostages
Hamas reportedly took numerous hostages, including women and children, further worsening the crisis.
Americans Among Hamas’s Hostages
Of particular concern is the status of American citizens in the region.
As Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. said there were Americans among Hamas’s hostages, the U.S. officials are diligently working to confirm the report.
Twitter Users Expressed Their Views
Several social media users shared their thoughts on the incident.
One Twitter user wrote, “Good chance he was attending a celebration of reaching their foreign policy goals.”
History Repeats Itself
Another user added, “As the expression goes, Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Joe Biden is LITERALLY attending a BBQ and listening to a live band play while Israel burns due to Hamas terrorist attacks. History repeats itself.”
This Is Not Surprising
A third user commented, “He left 15,000 people behind in Afghanistan, so it is not surprising he wants his pudding cup.”
USA Should Be Behind Freeing Them
A fourth user wrote, “When someone from the USA is taken hostage, then the entire might of the USA should be behind freeing them and punishing the people who took them.”
Maybe This Was Planned?
A fifth user commented, “Something tells me it was already planned. What did YOU do today while people were being killed in Israel? They say the Senate is on vacation?”
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