Sunday marked the 77th anniversary of “D-Day,” the monumental invasion of Nazi-occupied Normandy, France, by U.S., British, and Canadian soldiers that ushered in the successful liberation of Western Europe from fascist socialism.
That historic event has since been heralded across the U.S. and around the world — but some Americans found President Joe Biden’s silence on the issue deafening.
“More important, not less”
According to the Washington Examiner, none of the president’s three official Twitter accounts made any mention of D-Day or the soldiers who sacrificed so much in the name of preserving liberty.
All three accounts were active during the say, offering presidential statements on a variety of issues with the obvious exclusion of the Normandy invasion.
Examiner writer Jerry Dunleavy argued that the length of time since D-Day provides all the more reason to memorialize the momentous day.
“As the number of WWII vets who remain with us continues to dwindle, it becomes more important, not less, to remember them & their sacrifices heroic deeds, including their bravery & sacrifices on the beaches of Normandy,” he tweeted. “Huge unforced error by Biden not to commemorate D-Day over the weekend.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki was pressed by a reporter to address the situation, though she stuck to the typical partisan spin in her evasive answer.
“Close to his heart”
“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,” she said.
Psaki insisted that the issue is “close to his heart” and that she “wouldn’t be surprised if there’s more we would have to say on it.”
Dunleavy noted that if the issue was so near and dear to the president, he would have likely said something to mark the occasion instead of leaving his top spokesperson to clean up the misfire later in the day.
The criticism came on the heels of backlash against both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris ahead of the recent Memorial Day weekend.
In one of the vice president’s tweets on the subject, she drew opprobrium for wishing Americans an enjoyable “long weekend.”