The White House released a pre-recorded video of President Joe Biden commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City and at the Pentagon a day after he blamed 80 million Americans who have not yet gotten a COVID-19 vaccine for an employer mandate he issued on Thursday.
To begin the video, Biden talked about a friend he “grew up with in Delaware” named Davis.
“On this day, 20 years ago, he and his family had just passed the first year without their youngest of three sons, Teddy, who died in a boating accident at age 15,” Biden said. “His eldest son, Davis Jr., was just six days into a new job on the 104th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center.”
After the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans and led to the country’s longest war in Afghanistan which concluded at the end of last month, Biden said he and his friend talked “as fathers who know” about loss from the attacks, which also killed Davis’ son.
On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the horrific 9/11 attacks, President Biden honors the lives of those we lost and highlights how even at our most vulnerable – unity is our greatest strength.pic.twitter.com/TdVhw9TVpb
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 10, 2021
“I was on my way to speak to students at the University of Delaware about what to make of the new world we were in. He told me to tell people, ‘Don’t be afraid,'” Biden noted. “The absolute courage it took after two unimaginable losses is extraordinary.”
“To the families of the 2,977 people from more than 90 nations killed on September 11, 2001, in New York City, Arlington, Virginia, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and the thousands more who were injured, America and the world commemorate you and your loved ones,” a robotic-sounding Biden said.
“We honor all those who risked and gave their lives in the minutes, hours, months, and years afterward,” Biden continued. “The firefighters, the police officers, EMTs, and construction workers, and doctors and nurses, faith leaders, service members, veterans, and all of the everyday people who gave their all to rescue, recover, and rebuild.
“But it’s so hard, whether it’s the first year or the 20th,” said Biden.
“Children have grown up without parents, and parents have suffered without children. Husbands and wives have had to find ways forward without their partners in their life with them … No matter how much time has passed, these commemorations bring everything painfully back as if you just got the news a few seconds ago,” he added.
Biden then went on to talk about “unity.”
“In the days that followed September 11, 2001, we saw heroism everywhere…We also saw something all too rare: a true sense of national unity,” he said.
“Unity is what makes us who we are, America at its best,” Biden said. “To me, that’s the central lesson of September 11th.”
Yet on Thursday, Biden blamed tens of millions of unvaccinated Americans for allegedly perpetuating the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason behind his employer mandate, which several Republican-led states have vowed to challenge in court.
“Many of us are frustrated with the nearly 80 million Americans who are still not vaccinated, even though the vaccine is safe, effective, and free,” Biden said in his address from the White House.
“This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. And it’s caused by the fact that despite America having an unprecedented and successful vaccination program, despite the fact that for almost five months free vaccines have been available in 80,000 different locations, we still have nearly 80 million Americans who have failed to get the shot,” he added.
Several social media users responded to Biden’s call for unity as being hypocritical, while also hitting at him for the chaotic and deadly evacuation from Afghanistan.
Inevitable that Biden will totally fuck up his 9/11 “tribute” with some horribly disrespectful dementia babbling statement then turn around and shuffle away to the ice cream stand.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) September 11, 2021
The entire Afghanistan disaster was so Biden could have a political 9/11 moment.
He got one. #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/LCWvZfJN13
— NevilleTheCat (@FearTheFloof) September 11, 2021
Says the president that is dividing us more every time he says something
— Monica Andrade (@monimanaba) September 10, 2021
Funny- With COVID all you do is divide the nation. When will you honor all the lives lost to COVID? Those lives deserve to be honored as well. All our lives deserve to be protected which you aren’t doing either.
— GMB (@GBx2TrueLove) September 10, 2021
Honoring veterans by pulling rug out from under Afghanis who had been promised hope – but US cut and run for your photo-op deadline. Despicable. The worst form of cruelty.
— Deserve Liberty (@DeserveLiberty) September 11, 2021
The people who did this just got welcomed back to Kabul. The people who gave them safe haven now rule Afghanistan. #September11 pic.twitter.com/hTVxIwrbxr
— 🇮🇳 🚩bhimsen🚩🇮🇳 (@BHIMSENSHARMA) September 11, 2021
Lies, lies and more lies.
— Saint Rey (@ReysMundo20) September 10, 2021
You’re a fraud, and an embarrassment to the nation. YOUR botched withdrawal exposes us to a more deadly attack, and there is no reason to think it will be the worst mistake you make – especially given the crises you’ve already created.
Stop overreaching and dividing. Resign.
— reversechapter (@reversechapter) September 10, 2021
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