Monday, June 6, marked the 78th anniversary of the “D-Day” invasion of Normandy, France, in 1944 that turned the tide of World War II and launched an allied offensive against Nazi Germany that ultimately helped end the conflict little more than a year later.
Yet, the day of solemn remembrance of arguably one of the most important dates in modern U.S. and world history nearly went without mention by President Joe Biden, as it wasn’t until late in the evening that the monumental event was remarked upon with a tweet, the Daily Wire reported.
Sadly, even the belated commemoration of the incredible sacrifice made by thousands of young American and allied soldiers was an improvement over last year, when Biden and his White House completely failed to honor and pay tribute at all to the brave veterans who fought against all odds on that fateful day in history.
Belated commemoration of historically significant event
It was about 8:45 pm ET when President Biden’s @POTUS account finally posted a famous picture of U.S. soldiers in a landing craft headed toward the deadly landing zones on the beaches of Normandy that were strafed with machinegun fire and rocked with bombs and mortars.
Attached to that photo was a caption that read: “Today, we mark 78 years since D-Day and honor those who answered duty’s call on the beaches of Normandy. We must never forget their service and sacrifice in defense of freedom, and we must strive every day to live up to the ideals they fought to defend.”
Today, we mark 78 years since D-Day and honor those who answered duty’s call on the beaches of Normandy. We must never forget their service and sacrifice in defense of freedom, and we must strive every day to live up to the ideals they fought to defend. pic.twitter.com/2IRTQN4uEz
— President Biden (@POTUS) June 7, 2022
Better late than never … but not by much
An overwhelming majority of the comments in reply to that post were brutally harsh toward President Biden and his White House communications team — who may well be ultimately responsible for what is posted to the official @POTUS account — for the belated tweet and apparent near-miss of the important date.
In fact, many commenters pointed out that the late hour at which the tweet was posted meant that it was actually no longer June 6, but instead was already June 7, in France when Biden’s belated message to honor D-Day was finally posted, Fox News reported.
It was also noted by many that the tweet had only been posted after countless conservative and independent commentators and journalists had spent the day harping on the fact that Biden’s White House had not yet remarked upon the day’s historical significance.
Among those was Washington Examiner reporter Jerry Dunleavy, who had reposted a tweet from last year in which he had decried the “huge unforced error” on Biden’s part by not honoring the brave men who had fought — and the thousands who died on those beaches — to establish a foothold for the allied push against the fascist Nazi threat, especially given how few D-Day survivors and World War II veterans remain with us these days.
I noted last year that Biden didn’t commemorate D-Day — they seem close to making the same mistake again this year. https://t.co/bT9rsLYUvV
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) June 6, 2022
In the end, the important date was commemorated by a tweet — though nothing more — and rest assured that the White House will face little, if any, actual pushback over the near-miss by the bulk of the press corps.