Sunday marked the 77th anniversary of the “D-Day” invasion on June 6, 1944, when thousands of American soldiers, facing withering machine gun and mortar fire, stormed the beaches of Normandy, France to launch the effort to liberate Western Europe from Nazi occupation.
That significant date in United States and world history was completely ignored by President Joe Biden, however, and when White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the oversight, she offered an excuse that was as disappointing as it was unbelievable, Breitbart reported.
No mention of D-Day from Biden
On Monday, the Washington Examiner pointed out that none of President Biden’s three Twitter accounts — @JoeBiden, @POTUS, or @WhiteHouse — made any mention of the D-Day anniversary, despite all three being active and posting about other issues on Sunday.
The Examiner’s Jerry Dunleavy called the oversight a “huge unforced error” on Biden’s part and argued that, given how few WWII veterans and surviving D-Day participants are still alive 77 years later, it was more important than ever to publicly commemorate the incredible ordeal.
“As the number of WWII vets who remain with us continues to dwindle, it becomes more important, not less, to remember them & their heroic deeds, including their bravery & sacrifice on the beaches of Normandy. Huge unforced error by Biden not to commemorate D-Day over the weekend,” Dunleavy tweeted.
House Republicans also called out Biden for failing to even acknowledge the D-Day anniversary.
President Biden never mentioned D-Day yesterday. https://t.co/oae8dPpHI4
— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) June 7, 2021
During the White House press briefing Monday, Psaki was asked about Biden’s oversight by Fox News reporter Peter Doocy, who pointed out that former Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump had all issued statements commemorating the fateful and historic date.
As to why Biden failed to do so, Psaki replied, “Well, I can tell you that, certainly, the value — his value for the role that men have — the men who served on D-Day, and the memory of them — the families who have kept their memories alive over the course of years on this day — is something the President has spoken to many, many times in the past.”
“It’s close to his heart. And I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s more we would have to say on it,” she added.
Reporter: Why didn’t @JoeBiden commemorate D-Day on the anniversary?@PressSec: “It’s close to his heart and I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s more we would have to say on it.” pic.twitter.com/UcqFxkCW0A
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 7, 2021
It’s difficult to claim that Biden “kept their memories alive” or that the incredible sacrifice of those soldiers is “close to his heart” when he failed to even mention it on the particularly significant date, and any sort of belated attempt to honor the anniversary after the fact will likely only feel forced and insincere to most Americans.