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President Joe Biden claimed on Tuesday that the Grand Canyon was “one of the earth’s nine wonders” despite the fact that there are only seven “Wonders of the World” — and all of those are man-made.
Biden’s trip to Arizona, a key battleground state that helped push him over the finish line in 2020, was primarily focused on the economy — and climate provisions included in his Inflation Reduction Act — amid record-breaking temperatures across the nation.
"The Grand Canyon — one of the earth's nine wonders — wonders of the world. Literally. Think of that. It's amazing."
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) August 8, 2023
“The Grand Canyon — one of the earth’s nine wonders — wonders of the world. Literally. Think of that. You know, it’s amazing,” Biden said.
Critics quickly pointed out that there were only seven Wonders of the World – and the Grand Canyon was not included among them. In point of fact, both the original Wonders of the World – and the new list of wonders that was updated in 2007 — were all man-made.
The original list included the Great Pyramid at Giza, the Colossus of Rhodes, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Temple of Artemis, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon — but of those, the only one to truly stand the test of time was the pyramid.
The updated list, as of 2007 – which was compiled after a global contest and more than 100 million votes — included seven new wonders that still stand: the Colosseum (Rome, Italy), Petra (Jordan), The Great Wall (China), Chechen Itza (Mexico), Machu Picchu (Peru), Christ the Redeemer (Brazil), and the Taj Mahal (India).
The Grand Canyon does appear on one such list, which was compiled by CNN in 1997, of the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World.” That list includes Mount Everest, Paricutin Volcano, the Grand Canyon, Victoria Falls, Rio de Janeiro Harbor, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Northern Lights.
Biden concluded his visit to Arizona with his first one-on-one interview in some time — with The Weather Channel — which aired on Wednesday.
One clip of that interview made the rounds early Wednesday morning after Biden brushed a bug off Stephanie Abrams’ chest.
WATCH: Joe Biden bushes a bug off of Weather Channel reporter Stephanie Abrams' chest.
Abrams responds: "Oh thanks. Appreciate it."pic.twitter.com/7UEdNuQAqa
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) August 9, 2023