Biden’s Ground Zero claim contradicted by his own memoir and video evidence


President Joe Biden made a false statement on Monday, claiming that he was at Ground Zero in New York City the day after the 9/11 attacks, despite his own memoir and video evidence showing otherwise.

Biden’s speech in Alaska

Biden, who was returning from a trip to Asia, delivered a speech to service members, first responders and their families at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, on the 22nd anniversary of the terrorist attacks. In his remarks, he said:

However, Biden was not at Ground Zero the day after 9/11. He actually went there nine days later, on September 20, 2001, as part of a bipartisan delegation from the Senate. The White House confirmed this fact to CNN after being asked about Biden’s claim.

Biden’s memoir and video record

Biden’s own memoir, published in 2007, contradicts his claim as well. In the book, titled “Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics”, he wrote that he “headed back to the Capitol” on September 12, 2001. He also spoke that day on the Senate floor , where he praised President George W. Bush for his leadership and urged unity and resolve in the face of terrorism.

Biden’s Ground Zero claim

Video footage from C-SPAN also shows Biden attending a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on September 13, 2001, where he questioned Secretary of State Colin Powell about the US response to the attacks.

Biden did not visit Ground Zero until September 20, 2001, along with other senators such as Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Chuck Schumer. He was photographed wearing a hard hat and a mask as he toured the site with New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and New Jersey Governor Donald DiFrancesco.

Biden’s history of false claims

This is not the first time that Biden has made false claims about his past. As president, he has repeatedly told inaccurate or embellished stories about his personal and political experiences.

For example, he falsely claimed to have witnessed a bridge collapse in Pittsburgh in 2022 , to have been arrested during a civil rights protest , to have visited the Pittsburgh synagogue where worshippers were killed in a 2018 mass shooting , and to have visited Iraq and Afghanistan as president .

He also repeated a long-debunked false story about a conversation with an Amtrak conductor who was deceased at the time the story would have had to take place.

Biden’s false claims have drawn criticism from fact-checkers , political opponents and some media outlets , who have questioned his credibility and memory.


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