President Joe Biden came under fire from the father of a Marine murdered in last year’s terrorist explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, because he spent the anniversary of the incident recording a lighthearted piece with comedian Jay Leno.
Friday was the one-year anniversary of the Kabul airport assault in 2021, which claimed the lives of 13 American service men and left hundreds of Americans stranded during President Joe Biden’s catastrophic exit from Afghanistan. After America departed, the Taliban quickly seized control of the nation.
According to the Daily Mail, Biden shot a lighthearted piece on vehicles on Friday for a future episode of Jay Leno’s Garage.
The father of the Marine Staff Sgt. Taylor Hoover, who was among the 13 American military men killed in Kabul last year, spent his Friday visiting his son’s grave at Arlington National Cemetery.
“He is insensitive and tone deaf. It’s absurd,” Hoover said to Daily Mail. “Although I do not expect the world to stop in order to honor our children, at least take some kind of action.”
“We visited Arlington and presented a wreath at the Unknown Soldier’s Tomb. Why won’t he do anything in their honor?” said the father. “It has to be thought about and recalled.”
The significance of having such a somber ceremony and attendees, he continued. “Nothing will change, but it sure helps a lot to know they will not be forgotten,” he said.
While speaking with the media about his time with Leno on Friday, Biden seemed to be in good spirits.
The president remarked, “It was fantastic and a lot of fun. We discussed how the introduction of electric vehicles will alter the American landscape. It was excellent.”
“Driving an antique Corvette was even more enjoyable,” Biden continued. “I also got to drive that Ford Lightning one again, dude. That was one quick SOB.”
According to a transcript of her media briefing, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre suggested the president covered his bases by making a statement, despite the fact that Biden did not appear to go to Arlington National Cemetery to pay his respects to the American servicemen and women killed in Kabul last year.
When asked about Hoover’s comments, Jean-Pierre responded, “He wants to make sure that he recognizes this as an extraordinarily significant day, which is why he put out the statement.”
“However, he and the First Lady continue to pay close attention to these families and all the other families who have lost loved ones in this 20-year conflict. Because of it — keep in mind, we spent two decades there and lost many lives,” the press secretary continued.