President Joe Biden, the self-proclaimed “gaffe machine,” knows how to keep his handlers hopping.
Within roughly 24 hours, Biden unloaded a couple of comments that, if the world took him seriously, might be a national security issue.
On Friday, the president met with 82nd Airborne Division troops now stationed in Poland. In the course of his remarks, Biden told the soldiers what they were “going” to see in Ukraine.
“And you, some, some of you have been there,” Biden told them.
“You’re going to see, you’re going to see women, young people standing, standing in the middle of, in front of a damn tank, just saying, ‘I’m not leaving. I’m holding my ground.’ They’re incredible. But they take a lot of inspiration from us.”
On Twitter, Andrew Feinberg of the left-wing, The Independent, noted that he asked the White House “if there are now plans to send troops or if he misspoke.”
The reply: “The President has been clear we are not sending U.S. troops to Ukraine and there is no change in that position.”
Then on Saturday, while still in Poland, Biden delivered a speech and in closing said, “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.”
That was a reference to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The comment came not long after Biden referred to Putin as “a butcher.”
Politico, for example, asserted that Biden spoke “off the cuff” about Putin continuing in power.
Yet even Biden’s media allies were appalled. The Washington Post noted Biden had ignited a “global uproar” with a possible call for regime change in Moscow. The Atlantic called it an “unforced error.” “The sound that could not be captured by the cameras after Biden spoke was dozens of staffers slapping the palms of their hands against their foreheads,” liberal columnist Tom Nichols noted.
The White House message massagers whirled into action to save face. The remark was “swiftly walked back,” Politico noted.
According to the White House staff’s statement correcting the boss, “The president’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region. He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change.”
The Russians somehow saw things differently.
USA Today quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who replied, “It’s not up to the president of the U.S. and not up to the Americans to decide who will remain in power in Russia. Only Russians, who vote for their president, can decide that.”
As for Biden, Politico pointed out, “The walk back only prompted the question of why Biden uttered the line in the first place and whether he had consciously meant to convey the message.” Nichols, a Biden sycophant, also noted Biden’s comment was “poorly timed,” as Russian military leaders are scaling back some operations and Putin is reportedly seeking to discuss how to wind down the war.
Barack Obama warned us, and still, 81 million failed to listen, saying, “Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f–k things up.”