Biden daughter’s wedding: President Biden was in some confusion on Thursday when he recalled his daughter’s wedding at a virtual event celebrating the opening of the Jewish High Holidays.
Although much of the event focused on recent anti-Semitic attacks, Afghanistan, and hopes for a revival, the Roman Catholic president concluded his remarks by saying that his daughter Ashley was married in 2012 to Jewish physician Howard Kerin.
“We want a co-confessional marriage,” Biden said. “And we have a chuppa on the altar, and we have a co- … now, some of you may not like it, but it was held together with a Catholic priest and a Jewish rabbi.”
The president talked about his favorite Catholic hymn, which he asked to play at the wedding.
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“I only asked one thing. There is a psalm, there is a psalm, there is a psalm based on my favorite hymn in the Catholic Church, and it is a psalm that talks about life. Biden said.
“And it says, ‘He will lift you up on the wings of an eagle and bear you in the morning breath, and let the light shine on you,’ and others, and – ‘And hold you in the palm of your hand.’ And they played and … my mind is empty now. What song do you play when everyone is in a chair? “Biden added. “I do not remember it. Anyway. And the song it played.”
“MY MIND IS GOING BLANK NOW. WHAT’S THE SONG THAT IS PLAYED WHERE EVERYBODY IS ON THE CHAIR? I CAN’T REMEMBER IT. ANYWAY. AND THAT’S THE SONG THAT WAS PLAYED.”
— PRESIDENT BIDEN
At the same event, Biden told Jewish leaders that he had spent October 2018 at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh after 11 people had died.
“Going to the Tree of Life chapel, you know, I know talking to them,” Biden said in a virtual address.
But Barb Feez, executive director of the Tree of Life since July 2019, told the New York Post that Biden had not visited the synagogue in the years since the attack.
Last year, the President issued a statement on the occasion of the second anniversary of the attack, stating in the paper that “when anti-Semitism is allowed to grow, it will tear apart the structure of our communities and destroy our spirit.”