Reports surfaced that four U.S. citizens had been killed in the Hamas attack in Israel and Americans had likely been taken hostage, leading to President Joe Biden being roasted for hosting a BBQ and enjoying a concert at the Rose Garden.
U.S. sources uncovered on Sunday that at least four Americans had been killed as a result of the Hamas attacks, with the death toll of U.S. citizens in Israel anticipated to increase further.
At least seven Americans are reported to be missing in Israel, with Michael Herzog, Israeli Ambassador to the United States, confirming that they were taken as hostages by Hamas in Gaza.
Israel Minister for Strategic Affairs Ron Dermer confirmed the report, stating that “there are a considerable number of hostages, including some from the United States.”
Also on Sunday, President Biden hosted a barbecue at the White House while the war between Israel and Hamas raged on.
At 11:34 a.m., Biden called a lid for the day.
A White House pool report revealed that Biden was entertaining in the Rose Garden on Sunday afternoon.
Brian Bennett – senior White House correspondent at Time magazine – inquired about a live band playing in the Rose Garden in the late afternoon and early evening.
The White House responded, “The President and First Lady are hosting a BBQ for White House Executive Residence Staff and their families.”
The president enjoying a soirée while American citizens are being held hostage by Hamas struck a nerve with many.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.): “While Hamas holds Americans hostage, Joe Biden is enjoying a picnic with a live band.”
While Hamas holds Americans hostage, Joe Biden is enjoying a picnic with a live band pic.twitter.com/0xqRDwyuoR
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) October 8, 2023
Political commentator Stephen L. Miller: “This is f***ing infuriating. Americans are dead and being held hostage. Biden went to a BBQ and Blinken is begging Turkey to tell Israel to stand down. I’ve never seen anything like this. Ever.”
Ron DeSantis Rapid Response Director Christina Pushaw: “Disgusting.”
Political strategist Joey Mannarino: “At least FOUR Americans are presumed dead in Israel and Joe Biden is too busy having a BBQ party at the White House to care. This guy is truly sick.”
Conservative commentator Katie Pavlich: “While countless Americans are being held hostage in Gaza, with attacks on civilians in Israel ongoing, President Biden is hosting a BBQ.”
Political consultant Steve Guest: “As the expression goes, Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Joe Biden is LITERALLY attending a BBQ and listening to a live band play while Israel burns due to Hamas terrorist attacks. History repeating itself.”
Libs of TikTok: “While Americans are currently being held hostage by Hamas terrorists, Biden decided to spend his evening throwing a party at the White House. Absolutely despicable.”
Twitter personality Amiri King: “Israeli citizens are being raped, tortured, and slaughtered, less than one month after Biden released more than $6b in funds to Iran in a prisoner swap on the anniversary of 9-11. What does Biden do? Biden says f*** it, calls a lid before noon, and throws a barbecue with live music in the Rose Garden.”
Erica Carlin is an independent journalist, opinion writer and contributor to several news and opinion sources. She is based in Georgia.