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Sunday, June 09, 2024

President Joe Biden is set to visit the American cemetery outside Paris honoring World War I dead on Sunday, setting up a contrast with former President Donald Trump, who skipped a visit to the cemetery during a 2018 trip. Biden will cap off a five-day trip to France paying his respects with a wreath-laying at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial before returning to Washington. He has spent much of the trip honoring American veterans -- but the subtext of Sunday's expedition is also aimed at Trump, who scrapped his 2018 journey to the memorial and later faced criticism for denigrating US veterans.



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#1 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2024-06-09 07:37 AM | Reply

Trump, who was in Paris to commemorate the centennial of the end of World War I with other world leaders, blamed weather and safety issues for eschewing the cemetery visit.

In other words, Putin's bitch didn't want his wig to get wet.

#2 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2024-06-09 07:52 AM | Reply

MAGA does not care about American war dead. It barely understands that World War II ever happened.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2024-06-09 08:29 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The dramatic story of Pointe du Hoc, the backdrop to Biden's D-Day anniversary speech

... President Biden's itinerary for commemorating D-Day's 80th anniversary in France includes giving a speech on Friday at a Normandy site called Pointe du Hoc.

The 100-foot cliff juts out over the Omaha and Utah beaches, where thousands of U.S. troops landed on June 6, 1944, as Allied forces stormed the coast and, ultimately, turned the tide of World War II in their favor.

Pointe du Hoc didn't only overlook the historic landings and battles happening on shore. Its craggy edges were themselves the site of one of the invasion's most daring operations.

The occupying German forces had established a defensive position atop the cliff, stationing several long-range guns that posed a major threat to the Allied troops coming ashore.

A group of 225 U.S. Army Rangers " led by then-Lt. Col. James Earl Rudder " was tasked with destroying those guns. But they had to scale the cliff to get to them.

U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Ranger Battalion surround German prisoners on the Pointe du Hoc on D-Day.
US National Archives/AFP via Getty

The mission that ensued has been memorialized with a granite monument, depicted (though not entirely accurately) in the war epic The Longest Day and now honored in milestone anniversary speeches by two U.S. presidents, 40 years apart.

The site, located some 7 miles west of Normandy American Cemetery, has experienced erosion over time and even lost a chunk of its outcrop in a 2022 landslide. But its monument and bunkers remain ever-popular attractions for Normandy visitors.

Pointe du Hoc endures as a symbol of "tenacity, combat resilience, leadership, sacrifice [and] teamwork", in the words of Mike Bell, executive director of the Jenny Craig Institute for the Study of War and Democracy at the National WWII Museum.

"Here's what these citizen soldiers can achieve, and achieve it, in this case, to begin the liberation," he told NPR, "achieve it for the ends of ultimately freeing the oppressed peoples of Europe and trying to build a more safe and secure world." ...

Decades later, President Ronald Reagan commemorated the 40th anniversary of D-Day on-site with a rousing speech about the "boys of Pointe du Hoc."

Reagan had marked the anniversary at Omaha and Utah Beaches. But senior White House staff wanted him to speak at the cliff, too, former assistant to the president James Kuhn told NPR over email.

"The Pointe du Hoc Memorial itself with the English Channel in the background and the Normandy cliffs to the east and west provided the setting for Reagan to bring another strong focus to the Allied invasion on D-Day," he wrote.

Reagan delivered his address in front of 62 of the Rangers who had scaled the cliff that day, whom he referred to as "the men who took the cliffs ... the champions who helped free a continent ... the heroes who helped end a war." ...

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-06-09 08:51 PM | Reply


So, Pres Biden and fmr Pres Reagan both seem to acknowledge of the site and the Army Rangers who scaled the cliff to knock out the German gun entrenchment.

What has happened to the Republican party since Mr Reagan?

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-06-09 08:54 PM | Reply

President Ronald Reagan commemorated the 40th anniversary of D-Day on-site with a rousing speech

Which Biden copied. Or more accurately, Biden's writers copied from Reagan's writers.
The classic, though, is this one:
"Why am I the first Kinnock in a thousand generations to be able to get to university?" he asks in the speech. Referring to his ancestors, some of whom were coal miners, he adds: "Was it because all our predecessors were thick? ... Those people who could sing and play and recite and write poetry? ... Those people who could work eight hours underground and then come up and play football?"
"Why is it that Joe Biden is the first in his family ever to go to a university? ... Is it because I'm the first Biden in a thousand generations to get a college and a graduate degree? That I was smarter than the rest? Those same people who read poetry and wrote poetry and taught me how to sing verse? Is it because they didn't work hard? My ancestors, who worked in the coal mines of northeast Pennsylvania and would come up after 12 hours and play football for four hours?"

An emotional Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) yesterday acknowledged he had plagiarized in a paper he submitted while a first-year law student in 1965

There's much more, but we can tell that this guy will say anything, he's a career pol, for god's sake.

But let's focus on Trump's support team calling off a helicopter landing on top of a cliff in a storm.

#6 | Posted by look_inward at 2024-06-09 09:22 PM | Reply

@#6 ... Which Biden copied. ...

That is what you sink to?

Accusing Pres Biden of plagiarism for acknowledging the sacrifices and feats of American soldiers?

What a absolute bunch of hooey.

I would think that the Republicans would commend Pres Biden for having the same views of the sacrifices of those days that fmr Pres Reagan had observed.

Instead, the Republicans are now trying to divert the conversation from the reverence and esteem for those who sacrificed their lives for Democracy and Freedom, and turn it into their political advantage.

So sad.

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-06-09 09:32 PM | Reply

"But let's focus on Trump 's support team calling off a helicopter landing on top of a cliff in a storm being a -----."

#8 | Posted by REDIAL at 2024-06-09 09:38 PM | Reply

Ronnie Raygun was the drooling sack of dementia who took a break from being ------------ by Hezbollah to honor the Waffen SS at Bitburg.

#9 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2024-06-10 12:49 AM | Reply

" Ronnie Raygun was the drooling sack of dementia who took a break from being ------------ by Hezbollah to honor the Waffen SS at Bitburg.

#9 | POSTED BY REINHEITSGEBOT AT 2024-06-10 12:49 AM | FLAG: "

Yet Biden plagiarized Reagan's speech this week. Imagine that.

#10 | Posted by BellRinger at 2024-06-10 12:54 AM | Reply

Hezbollah's demented bitch paid tribute to the Waffen SS. Imagine that.

#11 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2024-06-10 12:57 AM | Reply

#10 first of all, Reagan didn't write that speech,
Kenneth L. Khachigian did. And they had to 'wake up'
Reagan in order to give it.

#12 | Posted by earthmuse at 2024-06-10 09:12 AM | Reply

#12. Wow. You mean a president has speech writers????

I think you are mistaken. I thought Peggy Noonan wrote that one.

#13 | Posted by BellRinger at 2024-06-11 02:43 PM | Reply

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