An increasingly unpopular President Joe Biden gave a last-minute nod to the 78th anniversary of D-Day on Monday, after whiffing on it last year spurring national outrage and disgust.
He issued a statement to honor the historic day at 8:45 pm ET which is actually early morning on June 7 in Normandy, France.
Last year, the Biden administration failed to acknowledge the anniversary in any way, shape, or form, and this year’s recognition of the day was perceived as merely perfunctory during an election year.
“Today, we mark 78 years since D-Day and honor those who answered duty’s call on the beaches of Normandy,” Biden belatedly tweeted. “We must never forget the service and sacrifice in defense of freedom, and we must strive every day to live up to the ideals they fought to defend.”
Today, we mark 78 years since D-Day and honor those who answered duty’s call on the beaches of Normandy. We must never forget their service and sacrifice in defense of freedom, and we must strive every day to live up to the ideals they fought to defend. pic.twitter.com/2IRTQN4uEz
— President Biden (@POTUS) June 7, 2022
In an apparent PR move, Biden sent Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, who is the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, to Normandy, where he compared the Normandy invasion to Ukraine’s war with Russia, according to Fox News. So, he was apparently well aware of what day it was and the significance it held.
“The fight in Ukraine is about honoring these veterans of World War II,” Mark Milley intoned while visiting the American Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer which overlooks Omaha Beach in Normandy. “It’s about maintaining the so-called global rules-based international order that was established by the dead who are buried here at this cemetery.”
He proclaimed the world is “again seeing death and destruction on the European continent,” in a lame effort to connect past and present.
As the day dragged on with no mention from Biden once again, Fox News reporter Jacqui Heinrich slammed the president for his dereliction of duty. On “Special Report” with host Bret Baier, she noted the deafening silence from the White House and the administration’s screwed-up priorities.
It is now past 2:30 in the afternoon EST and neither Biden nor Harris have tweeted about it being the anniversary of D-Day or honoring those who gave their lives that we might be free! Why am I not surprised! pic.twitter.com/xVr5DgdbCi
— ULTRA MAGA Joyce Day (@Daytobehappy) June 6, 2022
It’s 5:05 p.m. and Biden has yet to acknowledge the 78th anniversary of D-Day.
He didn't acknowledge it last year either.
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 6, 2022
“Nothing from the president or from the White House, and it’s actually the second year in a row for that. And it is not like this White House doesn’t issue statements frequently. On May 31, they gave a proclamation on National Ocean Month, also a proclamation on National Home Ownership Month, and a proclamation on Great Outdoors Month,” Heinrich noted.
“This is something that all the previous past presidents Bush, Obama, and Trump all acknowledged in some form during their first year in office, but two years in a row, no statement from president Biden,” she charged.
(Video Credit: Fox News)
On June 6, 1944, Allied troops carried by 7,000 boats landed on beaches that were code-named Omaha, Utah, Juno, Sword, and Gold. On that bloody day, approximately 4,414 Allied soldiers – more than half of them Americans – died in the water and on the beaches. More than 5,000 were wounded in the invasion.
Former Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump all acknowledged the anniversary of D-Day during their terms in office. President Ronald Reagan delivered one of his most famous and moving addresses on the anniversary of D-Day in 1984.
(Video Credit: Reagan Foundation)
Militarily, Biden’s actions have been disastrous during his presidency. His catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan resulted in the deaths of 13 US soldiers and was ostensibly timed to mark the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. Those attacks which took almost 3,000 American lives were largely strategized and planned in that country. Al Qaeda is now resurgent in Afghanistan, along with numerous other terrorist groups.
Vice President Kamala Harris recognized D-Day on Monday at 2:50 EST, tweeting, “On the 78th anniversary of D-Day, we honor the brave soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy to defend freedom. We remember their sacrifice today and every day.”
On the 78th anniversary of D-Day, we honor the brave soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy to defend freedom. We remember their sacrifice today and every day.
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) June 6, 2022
It is telling that the vice president tweeted out the remembrance of D-Day honoring American soldiers who died in battle earlier in the day but the president of the United States waited until the very last minute to tentatively follow suit.
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