White House Errs in Making Excuses for Biden 9/11 Snub

By Jerry McConway, updated on September 13, 2023

On Monday, Joe Biden made his 9/11 address from Alaska instead of a 9/11 site, which has been the tradition of every president since the attacks.

The White House tried to explain Biden's snub by pointing to how presidents have addressed Pearl Harbor, only they were wrong.

Talking Points…

  • The tradition
  • What Joe Biden did
  • What the White House is saying
  • My Two cents…

The Tradition

Ever since the first anniversary of the attacks, every sitting president has spent the anniversary of the attacks at one of the attack sites.

Typically, the remarks by the president are made in New York, but other attack sites would be just as good.

The only exceptions to this were George W. Bush and Barack Obama, having each done one address from the White House. Still, most Americans would consider that acceptable, with the Pentagon only being about two miles across the river from the White House.

What Joe Biden Did

Biden made his address from Alaska after visiting India and Vietnam over the weekend.

During his address, Biden stated:

"Ground zero in New York — I remember standing there the next day and looking at the building. And I felt like I was looking through the gates of hell. It looked so devastating because of the way — from where you could stand."

That, of course, was another Biden lie. Biden was not at Ground Zero the next day. In fact, it was nine days after the attack that Biden visited Ground Zero with a senate delegation.

The White House Says…

The White House tried to justify Biden's absence from Ground Zero by making up childish excuses.

What is the big deal? After all, no president has ever visited Hawaii during the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, only they were wrong.

President John F. Kennedy visited the site of the USS Arizona in 1963…

Something else to consider is that Hawaii was not even a state at the time of the attack, but only a territory.

Hawaii was not made a state until August 21, 1959, almost 18 years after the attack took place.

The attacks on 9/11 were considered an attack on our homeland, and are perceived much differently by people.

My Two Cents…

I think it is unforgivable that Joe Biden scheduled a trip during this anniversary.

I know the G20 summit was taking place, but Biden could have easily asked India to move the dates so that he could honor the anniversary appropriately.

The fact that Biden lied during his address to our troops in Alaska only makes this worse.

This country is all about tradition, something we usually respect, but that seems to have also gone out the window in recent years.

We seem to be going backward instead of forward, and it has been that way since Obama was elected to office.

I have to wonder if anything is sacred in this country any longer.

About Jerry McConway

Jerry McConway is an independent political author and investigator who lives in Dallas, Texas. He has spent years building a strong following of readers who know that he will write what he believes is true, even if it means criticizing politicians his followers support. His readers have come to expect his integrity.

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