A leader of a nation is supposed to embody the people he or she leads.
They rejoice when the people rejoice.
And grieve with them in their sorrow.
Their face becomes the face of the nation in such times — the face the world looks at to understand the emotions of a nation.
What a shame it is, when the second in command of the United States giggles and cackles on camera while supposedly preparing to mark one of the darkest days in our history.
It’s bad enough that President Joe Biden snubbed Monday’s 9/11 ceremony at Ground Zero in New York City, preferring to be in Alaska, far away from any questions about the growing immigrant crisis in New York. Biden was returning to the U.S. after a Group of 20 summit in India, then a visit to Vietnam.
According to Newsweek, it was the first time since 2002 that a sitting president did not commemorate the attacks at one of the scenes of the carnage or at the White House.
Fox News’ Peter Doocy reported that when he asked a White House official why Biden would not be present at one of the attack sites, “the analogy that I was given is that ’22 years after Pearl Harbor, U.S. presidents were not still going to visit Hawaii.'”
.@pdoocy asked the White House why POTUS is not in NYC on 9/11.
DOOCY: “The analogy that I was given is that 22 years after Pearl Harbor, U.S. Presidents were not still going to visit Hawaii.”
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 11, 2023
In a radio interview with WABC-AM, former Republican New York Gov. George Pataki said it was “a disgrace” that Biden wasn’t planning on going to New York City for the anniversary, The Hill reported.
But it would have been better if no one from the administration had attended rather than Vice President Kamala Harris, who was recorded laughing and greeting others prior to Monday’s 9/11 ceremony in New York, acting as if she were at a cocktail party rather than a solemn assembly at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in Manhattan.
One YouTube user commented, “How disturbing to see our clueless VP and other ‘characters’ smiling during the memorial of THE event that shook this great nation and continues to reverberate through ought our every waking moment. SHAME on you, you don’t deserve the title of VP you are completely disrespectful to the lives lost and families that endured such tragedy.”
“What a disgraceful performance, not serious in the least, all about her,” wrote one user of X, formerly Twitter.
What a disgraceful performance, not serious in the least,all about her.
— TerryMartin (@martiniman20) September 11, 2023
Another X user posted a video of Harris after the Capitol incursion of Jan. 6, 2021, where she likened it to the Pearl Harbor attack and 9/11.
VP Kamala Harris equating the January 6th protest to 9/11 and Pearl Harbor
I’d like to see her have the audacity to say this to a survivor or a family member who lost someone that daypic.twitter.com/1NiMeV1ngT
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) September 11, 2023
It is astounding how tone-deaf Harris is.
Like Biden looking at his watch during a ceremony for U.S. service personnel killed in Afghanistan, the optics of her behavior not only resonate on a global scale but are like a knife in the heart to those at home who lost someone that day.
Two years ago today came this infamous photo of Biden repeatedly checking his watch during the dignified transfer ceremony for the 13 heroes killed in the Abbey Gate terror attack on August 26, 2021. Biden has still not publicly said their names aloud.
— Jerry Dunleavy 🇺🇸 (@JerryDunleavy) August 29, 2023
I would say that she should be ashamed, but she won’t be.
It’s all funny to her.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.