This lie is truly despicable and pathetic.
President Biden made a statement on Monday in which he recounted his presence at the World Trade Center site in New York City one day after the 9/11 attacks. This statement contradicts his own autobiography, which places him in Washington, D.C. at the time.
According to NY Post, during his speech on the 22nd anniversary of the terrorist attacks in Anchorage, Alaska, the 80-year-old president shared his memories of the aftermath, saying, “Ground Zero in New York — I remember standing there the next day and looking at the building. And I felt like I was looking through the gates of hell.” He also mentioned his presence at Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon in Virginia, where he claimed to have spent many 9/11 commemorations.
Additionally, President Biden asserted that he saw the immediate aftermath of American Airlines Flight 77 striking the Pentagon. He described it as “The plume of fire that shot up in the sky in Pentagon [sic] — I remember seeing as I got off the Amtrak train on my way to work in the United States Senate.”
However, his 2007 autobiography, “Promises to Keep,” provides a different account of his actions on 9/11. In the book, he wrote about arriving in Washington on the morning of September 11, 2001, after the Pentagon had already been struck, and he observed “a brown haze of smoke” in the sky. The book further indicates that he returned to the Capitol on the morning of September 12, 2001, without mentioning any visit to Ground Zero.
A report from September 12, 2001, by Gannett News Wire states that Senator Joe Biden spent that day in the US Senate, where he gave a speech. Furthermore, it is noted that then-President George W. Bush visited the former site of the Twin Towers two days later.
A White House official clarified that Biden had considered visiting Ground Zero on September 20, 2001, as part of a senatorial delegation nine days after the attacks.
President Biden has faced criticism for embellishing facts in his speeches and making biographical misstatements. These recent discrepancies raise questions, especially as polls indicate concerns about his age and his potential bid for a second term in the next election. His tendency to exaggerate details when connecting with his audience has been observed on multiple occasions, including recent claims related to a kitchen fire at his Delaware house and firefighters’ actions during a wildfire event in Hawaii.