Biden to Observe 9/11 Anniversary From Far Away

( – Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it’s become a tradition that the president marks the anniversary of the atrocities at the White House or one of the sites that were attacked. This year, President Joe Biden will be spending it in Alaska — and it isn’t really clear why.

Every year since Islamic terrorists murdered 2,977 people on September 11, 2001, the president has commemorated the occasion. On two occasions — President George W. Bush in 2005 and President Barack Obama in 2015 — they took part in a simple ceremony on the White House lawn. Every other year the chief executive has traveled to at least one of the three locations where victims died — the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, or the field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 came down.

This year will be different. Biden will be attending the G20 summit in New Delhi, India from September 7-10. Then he’s visiting Hanoi to discuss climate change with Vietnamese leader Nguyen Phu Trong, before returning to the US. He isn’t heading back to Washington, DC, though; instead, he’s flying to Alaska on September 11.

While he’s there he’ll take part in a ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, the home of Alaskan Command, a US Air Force wing and part of the 11th Airborne Division. He will be commemorating 9/11 — but he’ll be doing it over 3,000 miles from where the attacks took place. Instead, Vice President Harris will represent the administration at the National September 11 Memorial in Manhattan.

A week before the anniversary, Biden was already facing criticism for this decision. Former New York Governor George Pataki (R) called the president a “disgrace” — then joked that Biden doesn’t want to appear in New York in case someone asks him about the illegal immigrants who are flooding into the city.

It’s just as likely his handlers don’t want him to embarrass himself with one of his increasingly frequent gaffes on such a solemn occasion, but either way, Biden will be spending one of the country’s most significant anniversaries on a remote military base that’s almost as far from the site of the tragedy as it’s possible to get.          

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