President Joe Biden once described himself as a “gaffe machine.”
Eighty-one million Americans voted for him anyway. And, as Vice President Kamala Harris said recently, those 81 million “got what they voted for,” as the gaffes keep coming.
The latest of a near-daily display came on Tuesday when Biden indicated that he had COVID-19 until a bystander reminded him that’s not what he meant.
At a White House event, Biden explained why the seating arrangement was different than planned.
Said Biden, “There’s been a little change in the arrangement of who’s on the stage, because of – the first lady’s husband contracted COVID, but … look at this room and what you’ll see …”
That’s when someone off to the side reminded Biden that he, in fact, is the “first lady’s husband.”
“Pardon me?” he then said, as those around him laughed. “That’s right. She’s fine. It’s me … The second lady – the first gentleman – how about that?” he added, laughing at himself.
Biden was trying to point out that Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, actually tested positive for the virus. For his part, Emhoff said in a tweet Tuesday evening, “I tested positive for COVID. My symptoms are mild and I’m grateful to be both vaccinated and boosted. If you have yet to get vaccinated and boosted, please don’t wait.”
Still, it’s unclear who Biden was referring to when he said “she’s fine” – Harris or first lady Jill Biden.
But the larger problem is that this happens frequently – perhaps all too frequently, as America’s enemies are sensing indecision, confusion, and weakness at the top.
The gaffes on Tuesday came one day after Biden’s speech at what was billed as his first fundraiser since COVID-19. Steve Milloy, a critic of the climate-change ideologues and founder of the website JunkScience.com, picked apart Biden’s comments.
Per Milloy’s Twitter thread:
At one point, Biden said his climate plan would save families $500 a year in energy costs. “By making gas cost $5-$7 and more per gallon?” Milloy asked.
Continuing, Biden observed, “Imagine where we’d be if we were free of fossil fuels.” To which Milloy answered: “Most of us would be dead, Joe. Fool.”
In another part, Milloy noted that Biden admitted that courts have “overruled me a couple of times.” But Biden said he would continue his “whole-of-government effort to deal with climate,” and “continue to be aggressive on the executive front as well.”
At another juncture, Biden said, “You all know it, but more land has burned to the ground, including buildings and forest, than the entire square footage of New Jersey, in the West, and — primarily.” Land burned to the ground.
Immediately after that, Biden said, “I mean, now – you know, when the hurricane hit in Louisiana, the 170-mile-an-hour winds – 79-mile-an-hour winds – more people died in Queens from flooding than they died in that hurricane. Because when I went up there and visited – people went to their basements because of tornadoes and rain – 20 inches of rain. They – it flooded their basements; couldn’t get out, and died.” Milloy dubbed that “word salad with climate dressing.”
Later on, Biden then added, “The climate crisis is the existential threat. That’s not hyperbole; it’s a fact. If we don’t keep it to 1.5 degrees Celsius – no warmer than that – we’re going to have – our kids are going to – our grandchildren will never forgive us, and the world will change. I mean, literal sense it will change.” As Milloy put it, “As Putin threatens nuclear war, Biden raves to DNC fundraiser: Climate is the existential threat. Not hyperbole. Fact! And your grandchildren are going to hate you! Fact!”
Sure, Biden’s all there and this wordplay is just that stutter that no one knew he had until 14 months ago.