We have all known about and likely discussed the many gaffes of Democratic President Joe Biden for a while now. They are many, to be sure. While some are merely laughable and/or confusing, others leave us in a state of unabashed awe that someone who is supposed to be the leader of the free world and the head of the United States of America could possibly say or do something like that.
Some have even left us terrified that 1) that someone like that could possibly run and win an election to attain the highest office in the land, and 2) he is now running our country – and straight into the ground.
One of Biden’s most recent mishaps in public is one of the latter.
It took place on Tuesday during Biden’s first White House Congressional Picnic. The event usually takes place every year, but like all things Biden, the past two years haven’t exactly happened as planned.
As is typical, Biden as our supposed commander in chief, was introduced, this time by his wife and first lady, Dr. Jill Biden. And Biden, as usual, began with a joke. He usually uses the “I’m Jill Biden’s husband” line or some variation thereof.
However, this time he took a slightly different route, though one that still calls into question who he is and what he’s doing in the White House.
He began with, “Every time I hear ‘Hail to the Chief,’ I wonder, where the hell is he?” and then, to add just a bit more horror, he said, “You think I’m joking, I’m not. I turn around and say, ‘Where is the president?’”
Now, those of you who like to think optimistically and give people the benefit of the doubt will likely conclude that perhaps he’s just being modest. That maybe he’s kind of making a joke about how he still can’t believe he’s the one with that title and that he’s been honored in such a way.
And to be sure, it’s a nice idea that our president is humble enough to do so and feels honored rather than entitled to such a position.
But I’m not so sure that’s exactly what he means by this – although I would bet you anything that’s the story his staff will use if ever questioned about it.
Rather, a more likely reason is that Biden honestly doesn’t know what he’s doing, where he’s at, or, yes, even who he is.
One small bit of proof of this is that “Hail to the Chief” was not even playing when Biden first began his speech, according to the official White House audio of the event. So was the song simply playing in his head?
At this point, I think just about anything is entirely possible.
I mean, this is the same man who read his instructions to “repeat the line” off the teleprompter last week. This is also the same man who was recently caught on camera with very detailed notes as to how to act, when to stand, when to say hello, when to sit down, etc., during a meeting at the White House.
And then, of course, his recent trip to the Middle East, in which he thoroughly embarrassed both himself and the entire US of A just moments after stepping out onto the runway.
As was expected, Biden received a red-carpet welcome on Wednesday when he arrived in Tel Aviv at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport. However, it seemed he didn’t know where he was or where he even needed to step next in his departure from the plane.
He exited the plane, was met by an Israeli entourage, and then can be heard asking, “What am I doing now?” members of the Israeli group kindly pointed him in the right direction, toward the middle of the red carpet, and then led him down the length of it.
As several noted on social media, it was a “humiliating” moment for the U.S. And the effects of it are that, as another commented, “Our enemies are laughing and our allies are terrified.”
As I said before, this is supposed to be the leader of the free world, a man who inspires fear and respect, awe and wisdom. And yet, he can’t even figure out where he needs to walk next or remember that he is, in fact, President of the United States.
We should be terrified, indeed.