President Joe Biden
paused Friday before signing legislation designating the Pulse nightclub
as a national memorial
to offer comfort to those affected by the building collapse
earlier this week.
Biden, speaking from a signing table surrounded by some of the Pulse nightclub survivors, acknowledged the shared bonds of grief
they all shared.
who are here, who were a part of what happened that night at the Pulse nightclub... they understand what it’s like,” he said, adding that “there is nothing worse than having to wait and wonder what happened.”
The president stated that he has spoken with Florida
Gov. Ron DeSantis
(R) and members of the state's congressional delegation about the partially collapsed condominium and has promised to provide the necessary federal resources to aid in recovery efforts.
“It’s a tough, tough time” for those who are still missing, Biden said, adding, “our hearts go out to them.”
He then switched gears, lamenting the night, roughly five years ago, when a shooter entered Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando
, and killed 49 people.
“A place of acceptance and joy became a place of unspeakable pain and loss at that moment,” the president said, adding, “In their memory, and for the countless others forever scarred, is why I sign this today.”
In closing, he wished that no president would ever have to sign another monument like this.