President Joe Biden got slammed on social media last Sunday for looking at his watch during the dignified transfer of 13 fallen U.S. troops who’s lives were lost in an ISIS terrorist bombing attack at the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan last week.
Bloomberg news reported that Biden stood with his hand over his heart, solemnly acknowledging the fallen soldier, sailor, and Marines. Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs shared on Twitter that around 3 dozen of the fallen’s family were seated in chairs nearby, one woman wailing.
Nearing the end of the event, Biden, apparently having somewhere to be, checked his watch and removed his hand from his heart. He was quickly excoriated by members of the public and political pundits for this sign of absolute indifference and disrespect.
It's true. Joe Biden checked his watch during the dignified transfer of the servicemembers killing in Afghanistan at the airport. You can see him jerk his left hand to pull the watch out from under his sleeve, then look down at it. pic.twitter.com/M3QVzJbTIm
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) August 29, 2021
Texas Representative Ronny Jackson expressed that he was “DISGUSTED,” with Biden’s display of nonchalance, saying that the fallen “deserved better,” especially after having died on Biden’s watch.
Apparently our Commander-in-Chief has better things to do than honor the 13 service members who died on his watch? I’m DISGUSTED! God bless these heroes and their loved ones. They deserved better. pic.twitter.com/Ciuymtby3N
— Ronny Jackson (@RepRonnyJackson) August 29, 2021
Former Trump aide Boris Epshteyn called out Biden’s incompetence before labeling the President’s action “despicable,” demanding that Biden “resign now.”
.@JoeBiden checking his watch during the dignified transfer of American Heroes killed by his incompetence.
Resign now. pic.twitter.com/1r5eMdFrzI
— Boris Epshteyn (@BorisEP) August 29, 2021
Samuel Williams, a retired Army Veteran called out how Biden was seemingly inconvenienced by the need to display respect for the fallen American Heroes.
Looks like he was being inconvenienced by having to show some respect for these American Heros. https://t.co/omAs3CIqjj
— Samuel Williams (@votesamuelwill1) August 29, 2021
British Prime Minister Thatcher’s former aide, Nile Gardiner, also piled on Biden for failing to appropriately honor the fallen at the transfer.
There is nothing more important than paying your respects to America's fallen war heroes, Mr. President. https://t.co/OxrAfHG7Cq
— Nile Gardiner (@NileGardiner) August 29, 2021
Reporter Ian Miles Cheong mocked Biden, pointing out that he seems to be anxious to return to the vacation he was taking before the meltdown in Afghanistan.
Looks someone is anxious to go back on vacation. https://t.co/DZQjFrRSrt
— Ian Miles Cheong @ stillgray.substack.com (@stillgray) August 29, 2021
Longtime pundit and former governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee recalled the time that President Bush looked at his watch during a public debate, recalling the bad optics of that event. He said that Biden’s disrespectful gesture “is shocking… will be remembered.”
Many of us remember Pres Bush 41 checking his watch during a debate and how awful it looked (even though we all felt same way about that debate.) But this is shocking and will be remembered. https://t.co/sFfW032JNm
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) August 29, 2021
Kurt Schlichter, an attorney, also mocked the president for his inappropriate and disrespectful actions.
He's got somewhere more important to be. https://t.co/JqwtWbfiZr
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) August 29, 2021
Trish Regan, a former Fox News host called out the president for checking his schedule after so many U.S. combatants “paid the ultimate price.”
Woah. I’m sorry but this is just all so so so wrong. (Watch 👇) I don’t care what your schedule is. These young men and women paid the ultimate price. Heartbreaking. https://t.co/AZX0aKUEZn
— Trish Regan (@trish_regan) August 29, 2021
The Department of Defense issued the names of the soldiers who died in the terrorist attack against the Kabul airport:
Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosariopichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, of Sacramento, California.
Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, California.
Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, of Omaha, Nebraska.
Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Indiana.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20, of St. Charles, Missouri.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, 20, of Jackson, Wyoming.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, California.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, 20, of Norco, California.
Navy Hospitalman Maxton W. Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio.
Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tennessee.
“Why do I have to be here” pic.twitter.com/8SnXMUS31b
— Matt Vespa (@mVespa1) August 29, 2021
Benghazi 2.0 pic.twitter.com/NqI8Pl6kvN
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) August 29, 2021
“Only 10 more minutes until my next dose, right, Jill?”
— Adam Baldwin (@AdamBaldwin) August 29, 2021
Biden looks like he’s checking his watch at Dover Air Force Base while receiving our heroes… pic.twitter.com/ClrgEU7BX7
— Marina Medvin 🇺🇸 (@MarinaMedvin) August 29, 2021
Did Biden check his watch as the our slain Marines were returned?? pic.twitter.com/dGEmLW6Aqv
— Big Dan Rodimer (@DanRodimer) August 29, 2021
Author: Laurie Parks