Moment John Kirby avoids answering question about Biden’s 9/11 lies

White House National Security Council’s John Kirby avoids answering question about Biden’s ‘lies’ over 9/11, witnessing Pittsburgh bridge collapse and the death of his grandpa

  •  A journalist asked: ‘What is going on with the president? Is he just randomly making stuff up?’
  • Kirby stumbled after the question, smirked, then avoided answering

One of President Joe Biden‘s top advisors was left red-faced as he stumbled through a straight-forward question about the commander-in-chief’s consistent misleading claims during a press conference on Wednesday. 

The president’s latest gaffe, which occurred on Monday, saw Biden incorrectly say that he was at Ground Zero on September 12, the day after the attack. 

Strategic Communications Coordinator for the National Security Council John Kirby was thrust forward by the administration for a press briefing when he was asked a blunt question by Jeff Mordock of the Washington Times. 

‘In the past couple of weeks, the president has lied about being at Ground Zero the day after the September 11th attacks, falsely claimed he saw the Pittsburgh bridge collapse, claimed his grandfather died in the hospital days before his birth,’ Mordock began.

‘What is going on with the president? Is he just believing things that didn’t happen did happen, or is he just randomly making stuff up? What is going on with the president?,’ the reporter asked. 

The president's latest gaffe, which occurred on Monday, saw Biden incorrectly say that he was at Ground Zero on September 12, the day after the attack

Kirby smirked as the question was asked and then ignored the premise, discussing instead the president’s gratitude at being able to spend 9/11 with military servicemembers in Alaska this year and that Biden was deeply moved when he did visit Ground Zero a full week after the 9/11 attack in 2001. 

‘And he’s focused on making sure that an attack like that never happens again, which is why we’ve improved our over-the-horizon counterterrorism capability and why we continue to hold terrorist networks accountable,’ Kirby, who has been called to testify in House Republicans’ withdrawal investigation, added. 

‘And it’s why he spent so much time last week shoring up our national security interests in a vital part of the world on issues that aren’t necessarily tied to terrorism, but very much tied to our ability to secure peace and prosperity there and around the world,’ the retired United States rear admiral said. 

Following Kirby’s rambling and unfocused answer, Mordock flatly asked the question again. ‘But he’s had a string of saying things that happened didn’t, things are easily debunked. Why does he keep doing that?’ 

‘The president was grateful to spend that time with those family members and those troops,’ Kirby answered. 

Biden made his claim about witnessing the bridge collapse in Pittsburgh during a speech on the economy in August. 

‘A lot of you were with me when I was in Pittsburgh. And, by the way, the – Pittsburgh is the “City of Bridges.” More bridges in Pittsburgh than any other city in America. I watched that bridge collapse. I got there and saw it collapse. With over 200 feet off the ground, going over a valley, and it collapsed,’ Biden said. 

'The president was grateful to spend that time with those family members and those troops,' Kirby answered when asked about the president's misstatements

An overhead shot of the two-lane span, on Forbes Avenue over Fern Hollow Creek in Frick Park- one of Pittsburgh's largest parks- came down around 7am in January 2022, taking multiple vehicles with it

The collapse happened a full six hours before Biden made an appearance at the scene

In reality, the collapse occurred at 7am on January 28, 2022. Biden visited the site of the collapse at 1pm that day. He was due in the area for a speech on infrastructure. 

The other instance raised by Mordock stems from the same event in which Biden said: ‘And, by the way, my Grandpop Biden, who died very young – he was – died in the hospital I was born in six days before I was there, I mean before I was born.’

He told the same story in April 2023.

In fact, Biden’s grandfather, oil executive Joseph Harry Biden, died in a hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, in September 1941. Biden was not born until more than 12 months later and 200 miles away in Scranton. 

His maternal grandfather, Ambrose Finnegan, died at the same hospital where Biden was born but not until the president was 14 years old in 1957. 

The awkward exchange between Mordock and Kirby came just before Rep. Nancy Pelosi also gave a classic non-answer to Anderson Cooper during an interview on Wednesday night. 

Pelosi, 83, was asked if she thought ‘there’s any chance (Biden) does not continue running,’ Pelosi gave a less-than-definitive: ‘I hope not, I hope not.’

It got worse when Pelosi was asked if Vice President Kamala Harris was ‘the best running mate for this president.’

She answered: ‘He thinks so, and that’s what matters. She’s very politically astute. I don’t think people give her enough credit. Her values are consistent with the president’s values. Why would she be vice president if she were not?’

Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi appeared to hedge a bit when asked if she felt Vice President Kamala Harris should be on the ticket in 2024, only saying that President Biden 'thinks so and that's what matters'

'He thinks so, and that's what matters,' Pelosi said. 'She's very politically astute. I don't think people give her enough credit'

Pushed again by Cooper – Pelosi still dodged the question, but began to smile, giggle and even raise her eyes conspiratorially as she spoke. The CNN star was off-camera at the time and it’s unclear if he did something to amuse her.

Speaking through a smile, Pelosi said: ‘She’s the vice president of the United States. People say to me, well, why isn’t she doing this or that? I say, because she’s the vice president. That’s the job description. You don’t do that much.’

Ultimately, Pelosi did have some praise for Harris’ job performance.

‘You know, you’re a source of strength, inspiration, intellectual resource and the rest and I think she’s represented our country very well at home and abroad.’

Pelosi also laughed off a David Ignatius column in the Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post that challenged both Harris and her boss, writing: ‘President Biden should not run again in 2024.’

Ignatius largely praises Biden’s first years in office, claiming the Democrat has ‘governed from the center out’ and done a good job with foreign policy in supporting Ukraine.

However, he says not just Biden but Vice President Kamala Harris should avoid running in 2024.

‘It’s painful to say that, given my admiration for much of what they have accomplished. But if he and Harris campaign together in 2024, I think Biden risks undoing his greatest achievement – which was stopping Trump.’

He cited disastrous poll numbers for Biden in terms of approval rating and the public’s opinion of his age.

A Wall Street Journal poll out Monday had similar findings, with 73 percent of voters saying Biden is too old to run again, including two-thirds of Democrats.

Harris dismissed concerns and said Biden was ready to serve as president until January 2025.

‘First of all, let me say that our president has been an extraordinary leader who has accomplished things that previous presidents hoped and dreamed and promised they would do and did not achieve,’ she said.

‘So yes, I see him every day, a substantial amount of time we spend together is in the Oval Office, where I see how his ability to understand issues and weave through complex issues in a way that no one else can, to make smart and important decisions on behalf of the American people, have played out,’ Harris continued.

‘And so I will say to you, that I think the American people ultimately want to know that their president delivers – and Joe Biden delivers,’ the VP added.

Harris also answered in the affirmative when Megerian asked if she was prepared to serve as president.

‘Yes,’ she said.


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