World Trade Center Construction Footage
The Center of the World: New York, A Documentary Film | Clip Share: Share on Facebook Share On Twitter Email Link Copy Link Dismiss https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/newyork-construction/ Copy Link How did they do it? Find out in this 18 minute film, Building the World Trade Center, produced by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 1983 with original footage of the towers under construction.
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Joe Biden Just Made a Total Fool of Himself
© Provided by 1945 Joe Biden Joe Biden's Love of Ice Trends on Social Media: A video of President Joe Biden declaring his love of ice cream made the rounds on social media on Monday evening and Tuesday morning.
The 20-second-long clip, edited from Fox News Channel's footage of the president's Small Business Association's Women's Business Summit at the White House on Monday, could hardly be described as Biden's finest moment. Joe Biden...
Again "My name is Joe Biden. (Laughter.) I'm Dr. Jill Biden's husband. (Laughter.) And I eat Jeni's Ice Cream, chocolate chip. (Laughter.) I came down because I heard there was chocolate chip ice cream. (Laughter.)," reads the official White House Briefing Room transcript.
"By the way, I have a whole refrigerator full upstairs. (Laughter.) You think I'm kidding, I'm not." The laughter is so present in the clips that it almost could be mistaken for a laugh track – and Biden certainly played to the crowd, before turning his attention to Senator Ben Cardin (D-Maryland).
The two men, who were colleagues for years, engaged in lighthearted banter. MORE: Joe Biden: Headed for Impeachment? MORE: Could Donald Trump Get Saved by a Pardon? MORE: Hunter Biden’s Legal Nightmare Is Now Far Worse MORE: Joe Biden’s Presidency is Fading Away MORE: The Collapse of Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC Has Begun? Then Biden gets serious, addressing Monday afternoon's tragic school shooting in Nashville, Tennessee, in which three children and three adults were senselessly murdered.
"Before I begin to speak, and the reason I spent a little time on the kids, I — I just want to speak very briefly about the school shooting in Nashville, Tennessee," Biden noted. "You know, Ben and I have been doing this our whole careers, it seems.
And it’s just — it’s sick. You know, we’re still gathering the facts of what happened and why. And we do know that, as of now, there are a number of people who are not going to — did not make it, including children," the president continued. "And it's heartbreaking.
A family's worst nightmare." What Is He Doing? The president then used this tragedy to call for gun control, while also once again making it about his own suffering – mentioning his late son Beau Biden, who had served in combat in Iraq – before turning the focus back on the Women's Business Summit.
During his speech, he made sure to mention again Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. "And by the way — by the way, it is splendid. (Laughter.) You think I'm joking. If I were allowed to take you upstairs, we got a whole freezer full of Jeni's chocolate chip ice cream. (Laughter.)," Biden quipped.
"You know, it's pretty dull when you've been in public life as long as I have and you're known for two things: chocolate chip ice cream and Ray-Ban sunglasses. (Laughter.) But what the hell, you know?" Actually, Biden is known for three things, his love of ice cream, those Ray-Ban sunglasses, and his near constant gaffes (arguably a fourth would be his penchant for making up stories and telling outright lies).
Monday's comments could only be described as a blunder of epic proportions. Very Poor Choice of Words – Hardly New There is a case to be made that perhaps Fox News was a bit disingenuous as the clip suggested "Biden Addresses Deadly Nashville School Shooting" and failed to clarify that it wasn't a press conference, and rather was an address to a previously planned White House business summit.
It was thus a staged event, and Biden's "Ice Cream Speech" (as it should be forever known) had been written in advance, like many of Biden's seemingly off-the-cuff talks. However, someone in the White House should have to answer for why given the tragedy unfolding at the time that the speech wasn't at least toned down.
The answer is that Joe Biden is often inflexible and unwavering when it comes to his remarks, even when he wants to appear folksy. This is why he repeats his obviously made up stories like the one about his exchange with an Amtrak conductor or why he keeps telling the same lie that a private citizen couldn't own cannons when the Second Amendment was drafted. Even when Biden is fact-checked, he continues to tell these stories and lies because he likes how it makes him look.
Biden Gets Another Pass The Ice Cream Speech is no different. A wiser man, or at least one with a better team, would have taken a different course given the events that were unfolding. Of course, the media's response speaks volumes too. The fact checkers have gone out of the way to defend Biden – noting he wasn’t actually addressing the shooting directly The case has been different for Republican politicians.
Remember when President George W. Bush was informed about the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon – he chose to keep reading to school children, as he didn't want to upset them. Even as he may have had to worry about whether there could be more attacks, Bush remained calm and collected.
He was a rock, but he was criticized for it. Michael Moore and others suggested that somehow he was in over his head, when anyone could tell Bush was in deep thought at that moment. President Bush didn't tell jokes, but he also didn't overreact. He also didn't have a moment to prepare before making his remarks.
MORE: Is AOC a Sellout? MORE: Hunter Biden Has a Big China Problem MORE: Kamala Harris 'Seems to Be An Albatross' MORE: Pete Buttigieg: Running for President? MORE: What Trump Getting Arrested Could Look Like By contrast, Biden had time to prepare.
Biden even went on to tell his planned jokes, for which he received cheers and laughs on Monday – both before and more importantly after his comments about the dead in Tennessee.
And Biden ate it up, like it was a bowl of splendid ice cream. Author Experience and Expertise: A Senior Editor for 19FortyFive, Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer. He has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers, and websites with over 3,200 published pieces over a twenty-year career in journalism.
He regularly writes about military hardware, firearms history, cybersecurity, politics, and international affairs. Peter is also a Contributing Writer for Forbes and Clearance Jobs. You can follow him on Twitter: @PeterSuciu.
Mexican president vows to deliver justice for migrants killed in fire
MEXICO CITY, March 29 (Reuters) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Wednesday vowed to bring to justice whoever was responsible for the deaths of 38 migrants in a fire at a migrant holding center in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez this week.
Authorities believe the fire late on Monday, which killed mostly men from Guatemala and other Central American countries, was started by migrants setting alight mattresses in an act of protest when they discovered they would be deported.
An investigation is underway to determine what happened at the center, which Lopez Obrador said employed staff from the government's National Migration Institute (INM) as well as personnel from a private contractor. "There'll be no attempt to hide the facts, no attempt to cover for anyone," he told a news conference.
All the victims were male, and Mexico's government is under pressure to find out why they died after officials said that the women migrants at the center were successfully evacuated. A short video circulating on social media on Tuesday - appearing to be security footage from inside the center during the blaze - showed men kicking on the bars of a locked door.
Three uniformed people can be seen walking past without trying to open the door. Interior Minister Adan Augusto Lopez later appeared to confirm the video's veracity to local media. The fire, one of the deadliest migrant tragedies in years, occurred as the U.S. and Mexico are battling to cope with record levels of border crossings at their shared frontier.
Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Tuesday evening that those "directly responsible" had been handed over to the attorney general's office. He provided no further details. Reporting by Dave Graham and Valentine Hilaire; editing by Jonathan Oatis Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.