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It should be evident that politics permeates everything. Joe Biden marked the 22nd anniversary of the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, from a military post in Anchorage, Alaska. He had just returned from attending the G20 summit in India and a state visit to Vietnam. Although this decision has been criticised by members of the right-wing media and some political officials, it is not the first time in the nation’s history that a president of the United States has chosen not to visit any of the attack sites.
Joe Biden, when standing on the tarmac in front of the United States troops, said the following: “I join you on this solemn day to renew our sacred promise: never forget, never forget, each of these precious lives stolen too soon, when evil struck.”
On Monday, Vice President Kamala Harris represented the White House alongside New York Mayor Eric Adams and state Governor Kathy Hochul at Ground Zero. There, the names of the 2,753 people who lost their lives as the towers suddenly collapsed were read one at a time. While “Second Gentleman” Doug Emhoff was touring the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania, “First Lady” Jill Biden was attending a ceremony at the Pentagon.
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As for the Republican candidates, Ron DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy, the surprising third-place finisher in the polls, both travelled to New York. Vivek Ramaswamy is an entrepreneur who has recently toyed with the idea that the 9/11 attacks were staged. On Truth Social, Donald Trump shared a video in which he paid honour to the victims of the shooting.
The logistics around the G20 were difficult for Joe Biden to manage. Fox News provided voice to angry relatives of victims, who believed that the attitude of the American president was “the opposite” of his commitment to “never forget” the tragedy that traumatised America. Fox News gave voice to the angry families of victims. Cory Mills, a representative from Florida, accused Vice President Joe Biden of “snubbing” Americans once more after the vice president delayed his trip to Hawaii in the wake of the fires in Maui.
However, Joe Biden is not the first president to skip a visit to one of the locations where the attacks on September 11 took place. Both George W. Bush in 2005 and Barack Obama in 2015 took part in a ceremony held at the White House. After the event, Obama travelled to a military installation in Maryland.
In New York, Joe Biden was represented by his vice president Kamala Harris, along with the current and former mayors of the megacity, in the middle of the crowd near the imposing memorial museum on the southern tip of Manhattan. They observed several minutes of silence to commemorate the exact moments when four planes hijacked by Islamic State commandos crashed, and when the two World Trade Centre (WTC) towers collapsed in a shower of steel and dust.
Members of their families, including young individuals who weren’t even born 22 years ago, recited the names of the 2,753 victims of the two buildings throughout the morning, as they do every year.
“I wish I knew you better.” The entire family misses you. The grandson of firefighter Allan Tarasiewicz, who died alongside 342 other firemen while trying to intervene in the WTC buildings, remarked, “We won’t forget.The ringing of bells served as a break from the emotional tributes.