In a recent press conference, President Joe Biden gave a less than satisfactory response when asked about his failure to visit the residents of East Palestine, Ohio after a train derailment caused a dangerous chemical spill and forced mass evacuations. Rather than expressing sympathy or providing a valid reason, Biden simply claimed that he has been too busy to make the trip. This excuse is unacceptable considering he made a promise to visit the community more than six months ago.
Joe Biden says his “busy schedule” has not allowed him to find time to visit East Palestine after the toxic train derailment disaster.
Yet, he has somehow managed to squeeze in a whopping 75 vacation days since the incident.
The priorities of this man 🤦🏻♂️https://t.co/ntUG0uTM6c
— Proud Elephant 🇺🇸🦅 (@ProudElephantUS) September 5, 2023
During the press conference, Biden mentioned his current visit to Florida to survey hurricane damage, indicating that he has been preoccupied with other matters. However, it is worth noting that he has already spent nearly 40 percent of his presidency on vacation, according to an estimate. This raises questions about his priorities and commitment to addressing domestic issues.
Furthermore, Biden’s response to the devastating fire in Maui was far from ideal. While visiting the site, cameras captured him appearing to fall asleep during a ceremony honoring the victims. Additionally, he made inappropriate comparisons between the fire and a kitchen incident in his own home, exaggerating the seriousness of the situation. These actions demonstrate a lack of empathy and genuine concern for those affected by tragic events.
It is clear that Biden has consistently distanced himself from weather-related disasters and has often provided dismissive or nonchalant responses. The communities in East Palestine and Pennsylvania, which also experienced a train derailment, were left without a visit from the president when they needed support and reassurance the most.
Interestingly, following the tragedy in East Palestine, Mayor Trent Conaway endorsed President Trump at a GOP dinner, expressing gratitude for the help the Trump administration provided. This endorsement speaks volumes about the impact Trump had on the community and highlights the ineffectiveness of Biden’s response.
Overall, Biden’s lackadaisical approach to addressing disasters and his failure to uphold his promises raise concerns about his leadership capabilities. It is crucial for the president to prioritize domestic issues and show genuine compassion for the American people, regardless of their political affiliations.