There’s a reason that the folks who plan Joe Biden’s days decided that he shouldn’t give any official remarks today as he visited the three 9/11 sites for remembrance ceremonies. I think they knew that if he opened his mouth and stuck his foot in it on such a solemn occasion, this time it would be before the world and it would be too hard for media to ignore.
So as we reported earlier, they prerecorded some remarks for him where he spoke, gazing off into the distance, about “unity,” and looking like death warmed over.
He did show up at the 9/11 ceremony at Ground Zero and then later at the Pentagon. But they apparently couldn’t control every action.
At the Ground Zero ceremony, Getty Images caught a picture of him taking down his mask in the middle of the crowd with the Obamas and Clintons, and yelling at someone in what looked like a completely inappropriate moment.
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But Biden himself was also yelled at and booed at least once during the event.
Biden was following the Clintons and the Obamas into the event, when you can see him suddenly break away and rush over to the rope line, where he appears to recognize someone to say hello to that person. But as he does, some people start booing him, and at least one man calls him a “mug” for what he did in Afghanistan.
It just shows how raw the emotion still is over the debacle — that on the 20th year after the 9/11 attack, Biden would have delivered such a disaster, left Americans and thousands of Afghan allies behind, and left the country in the hands of terrorists.
Biden also went to Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 came down, after the brave fight by the passengers to wrest control of the plane back from the terrorists.
As my colleague Bonchie wrote earlier, while Biden didn’t make any formal remarks, he managed to somehow get away from the handlers long enough to make some off the cuff remarks that were caught on C-Span.
On a day commemorating people killed by Al-Qaeda, he treated going after them as just an off-hand, unserious thing. “Can Al-Qaeda come back, well yeah, but guess what?” before leaning in and doing that weird whispering thing. “It’s already back in other places, what’s the strategy, every place where Al Qaeda is, we are gonna invade and have troops there…c’mon.”
He then set about defending his actions in Afghanistan, “How else could you get out?”
Easily, by doing it with a plan in a logical order, not taking the military out first. This wasn’t the event to try to re-litigate his failures, but he tried it anyway, completely lacking in any propriety. He still doesn’t get why people are disturbed with him and it’s still all about him in his mind. And how was he so completely oblivious to talk about Tajikistan and people hanging off wheel wells, when that’s exactly what happened because of him at the Kabul airport? Does he not know that? Does he not know people died?
But those weren’t the only offensive remarks he made in Shanksville.
He spoke about George W. Bush’s speech which some perceived as attacking people on the right involved in the Capitol riot. Which of course is why Biden praised the speech.
Biden then went on to talk about kids he met at the memorial in Shanksville wearing Trump hats. “The real issue” for those kids, Biden said, was “for them, in the next four, five, six, ten years, demonstrate that democracy is going to work?” He then said he’s had conversations with Xi Jinping of China and a summit with Vladimir Putin, saying there are a lot of autocrats who think democracies can’t function in the 21st century. Biden said they think you can’t bring people together, that the only people who are going to succeed are the autocrats.
“That’s why it’s so damn important….Everybody says, ‘Biden, why do you keep insisting on trying to bring the country together?'” What, did he actually just say that? He said that’s what the world was going to be looking at, “Knowing that we actually can, in fact, lead by the example of our power.”
Is he really picking out kids in Trump hats to make an example of, in remarks about autocrats? Seriously? How bad is that, to talk about kids at such a memorial? And why is he saying any of this? Not the place or the time.
Of course, it’s an attack, meant to hit Trump as an autocrat and knock his supporters. But if he was to talk about autocrats, maybe he should look at his own actions over the last week when he said he would impose vaccine mandates affecting some 100 million people, when just in July, his own administration said it wasn’t within their power to do such a thing. Then he dares to talk about what a unifier he is? He’s done nothing but divide since he got into office. Picking on kids wearing Trump hats at a memorial is not exactly a unifying thing. If only he was the unifier he claims he is.