Biden’s Absence & Alaska Stop
- President Joe Biden became the first sitting president not to observe 9/11 at either Washington D.C., the Pentagon, Manhattan, or Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
- Instead, Biden made a two-hour visit to Joint Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska to meet with service members and first responders during a refueling layover, following his trip from Vietnam.
- During Biden’s Vietnam visit, he held a peculiar press conference with several unusual moments.
They sent Kamala to the World Trade Center memorial instead of Biden
They're doing it in plain sight pic.twitter.com/64FWlUYP0y
— Jack Poso 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) September 11, 2023
Harris Steps in at Ground Zero
- Vice President Kamala Harris attended the 22nd anniversary commemoration of the 9/11 attacks at Ground Zero in New York.
PHOTO: Kamala steps in for Joe Biden for 22nd anniversary of 9/11 at Ground Zero – while Biden will mark the day 4,300 miles away in Alaska pic.twitter.com/IEUeLuoyx9
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) September 11, 2023
Notable Attendees & Traditions
- The tradition has been for presidents to spend 9/11 at one of the crash sites or host a ceremony at the White House.
- Other notable attendees at Ground Zero included former NYC mayors Rudy Giuliani, Mike Bloomberg, and Bill de Blasio. Current NYC Mayor Eric Adams was also present.
- Presidential hopeful and Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis, and his wife also attended the Ground Zero service.
Fox News pulls no punches:
"Where is the president going to be today? Every president since 9/11 has been at one of these sites, but Biden instead is heading to Alaska to commemorate 9/11 from a military base in Anchorage in a break from tradition." pic.twitter.com/wbSEnL16FX
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) September 11, 2023
Trump Honors 9/11 Victims in Heartfelt Tribute
Earlier today, ex-President Donald Trump shared a video in remembrance of the nearly 3,000 Americans who lost their lives during the September 11th attacks on the 22nd anniversary of that fateful day.
In his message, Trump paid tribute to the New York Police Department (NYPD), Fire Department of New York (FDNY), Virginia PD, Pentagon Service members, and all the courageous first responders who served on September 11th, 2001.
Trump concluded his statement by adding:
“We will never ever forget. Never forget you, we love you. God bless their families and God bless America. Thank you.”
“WE WILL NEVER FORGET!”
This follows President Biden’s choice to forgo the customary Ground Zero memorial, marking him as the first President to do so. Instead, President Biden opted to delegate this responsibility to Vice President Kamala Harris.
Biden’s decision sparked outrage among many who perceived it as highly disrespectful to have other events scheduled on September 11th and to send the Vice President as a substitute.