Biden visits Virginia base to say the military is the ‘backbone of America’ in pre-Memorial Day speech

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President Joe Biden flew to the joint military air base in southern Virginia on Friday to make comments before Memorial Day commemorations, where he called the military the “ backbone ” of the nation.

Biden visited Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton Roads, Virginia to speak with a small contingent of troops about the sacrifices made by military members and their families. He spoke emotionally for a long time about his late son Beau, who he accused of being humble and said he should be ordered to display his military medals and achievements.

Here at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, you enable the success of our mission around the world and provide intelligence support and air force. You make sure there are soldiers and airmen ready to be deployed … around the world, including this year by complying with COVID-19 security protocols and quarantining before your ship departs, ”Biden said.

President Joe Biden called the military the 'backbone' of the nation in remarks at Joint Base Langley-Eustis with First Lady Jill Biden, in Hampton, Virginia

President Joe Biden called the military the ‘backbone’ of the nation in remarks at Joint Base Langley-Eustis with First Lady Jill Biden, in Hampton, Virginia

“You make up 1 percent of the population and you defend 99 percent of the rest of us. We owe you something, ”he added.

Biden praised improvements in the country’s response to the coronavirus earlier in Northern Virginia with Governor Ralph Northam.

He spoke to troops at the mouth of Chesapeake Bay as he headed home to Delaware for the long weekend, on a day when his team published its detailed budget proposal for 2022.

He remembered flying to Baghdad and asking an aircrew how long they had been deployed. Some were on their third and fourth tours, with one on their fifth.

Biden visited the base as he prepared for Memorial Day weekend

Biden visited the base as he prepared to start Memorial Day weekend

He spoke emotionally about his late son Beau Biden, who served in Iraq, and can be seen here at Camp Victory on July 4, 2009 near Baghdad.

He spoke emotionally about his late son Beau Biden, who served in Iraq, and can be seen here at Camp Victory on July 4, 2009 near Baghdad.

Biden spoke next to an F-22 plane

Biden spoke next to an F-22 plane

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden pose for a photo at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia, Friday, May 28, 2021

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden pose for a photo at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia, Friday, May 28, 2021

He spoke at length about Beau Biden, who had been deployed to Iraq as a member of the Delaware Army National Guard.

“I shouldn’t be talking about my son that often, but I’m not going to apologize for it,” he said. He remembered how Beau had asked for his military uniform to bear the name Hunter, his mother’s maiden name, so as not to draw attention to his namesake, father, who was serving as vice president at the time.

“No other war have you entered, served, rose again, and gone back again and again,” he said.

Once it’s enough to wipe the blood off a chair of armored Humvee to get you focused. To saddle up and go back next time? And back again? You’re great.’

‘The country, they owe you. And this time they appreciate more. ‘

Biden also acknowledged people in the public, including lawmakers, a military vet, and people who may have been family members, one of whom Biden pulled out.

‘Love those barrettes in your hair. Man, let me tell you something, look at her, she looks like she’s 19 years old and sitting there like a little lady with her legs crossed, ”he said during the acknowledgments.

He spoke of ending the longest war in US history, the war in Afghanistan which he says will end on September 11.

He said the US went in “with the clear goal of getting the people to attack us on 9.11. and to prevent Al Qaeda from using Afghanistan as a base to attack America in the future. ‘

‘We have achieved that goal. You have achieved that goal “in what he called a” God-forsaken landscape. “

“The greatest threat and likelihood of an attack by Al-Qaeda or ISIS does not come from Afghanistan,” he said. “It will come from five other regions of the world where there is significantly more presence of both Al-Qaeda and organizational structures, including ISIS.”

“Our son didn’t die in Iraq, but he came back, went like an incredibly healthy young man, and came back with a serious brain tumor because his hooch was just upwind in those burns. I don’t know if that’s the reason, but when he got home it was just a matter of how long, ”he said. He was referring to burns that many American veterans blame for causing a range of ailments associated with their service.

He was referring to previous talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

He is firmly convinced that China will own America before the year 3035, because autocracies can make decisions quickly. But America is unique. And all the nations in the world, we’re the only nation organized based on an idea, ”Biden said.

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