It’s become painfully clear that Joe Biden isn’t exactly the most prolific public speaker. At 78, the septuagenarian president can barely string together a sentence – unless, of course, it’s oddly cobbled together with another sentence, and another, and another, followed by some - "look," - whispering and…
....sorry, I've lost my train of thought.
Anyway. Biden’s penchant for gaffes, flubs, and general incoherence were on full display during a CNN town hall Thursday night, where he repeatedly stuck his foot in his mouth and perhaps gave away a little more than he wanted to – namely when it comes to his own administration’s total ineptitude.
From mocking freedom to admitting he has no clue what he's doing in the Oval Office, here are five of the cringe-worthiest moments from the event. Watch…if you can stand it.
1. The time he said he “should go down” to see the crisis at the Southwest U.S. Border, but he’s too busy traveling the world. “I’ve been there before, I know it well,” Biden began.
"I guess I should go down, but the whole point of it is I haven’t had a whole hell of a lot of time to get down. I’ve been spending time going around looking at the $900 billion damage done by hurricanes and floods and weather and traveling around the world," he went on.
Biden then detailed how his wife, First Lady Jill Biden, has visited the border, but completely forgot to mention his own Vice President, Kamala Harris, who was formally tasked with handling the border crisis and has so far done exactly nothing.
BIDEN ON THE BORDER: "I guess I should go down, but the whole point of it is I haven’t had a whole hell of a lot of time to get down. I’ve been spending time going around looking at the $900 billion damage done by hurricanes and floods and weather and traveling around the world." pic.twitter.com/mgWLxvf36d— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) October 22, 2021
2. The time he started weirdly whispering while making what we’ve come to understand is the “white power” sign and nothing else.
Is this White supremacy? pic.twitter.com/N2K0KCJRPG— Ian Miles Cheong @ stillgray.substack.com (@stillgray) October 22, 2021
3. The time he admitted he doesn’t have an answer to the rising cost of gas, and that it’s simply “going to be hard” on everyday Americans who’re bearing the higher prices.
"I don't have a near term answer...It's going to be hard. There’s a possibility to bring it down. It depends a little bit on Saudi Arabia and a few other things that are in the…[unintelligible].”
Biden on soaring gas prices:— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) October 22, 2021
"I don't have a near term answer...It's going to be hard." pic.twitter.com/uaHAkSELCF
4. The time he said police officers and emergency response personnel should be fired if they don’t get vaccinated against COVID.
“Should police officers, emergency responders, be mandated to get vaccines and, if not, should they maybe stay at home or be let go?” CNN's Anderson Cooper asked, point-blank.
“Yes, and yes,” Biden responded.
The president then patted himself on the back for waiting until July to begin mandating that people get vaccinated, saying he “tried everything possible” to encourage people to get the jab on their own, but that "the mandates are working."
Biden then mocked those who're concerned that their personal freedoms are being violated through mandates requiring them to get a controversial vaccine or lose their livelihood.
"Freedom? I have the freedom to kill you with my COVID?" Biden jeered. "No, I mean come on. 'Freedom.'"
Biden says first responders including cops, paramedics and firefighters must be fired for refusing the vaccine. Why do you need to be vaccinated to put out fires and rescue people? pic.twitter.com/F0dN8BVb1z— Ian Miles Cheong @ stillgray.substack.com (@stillgray) October 22, 2021
5. The time he said people aren’t going back to work because they’re afraid of COVID and their unmasked co-workers and customers.
"Number one, they’re reluctant to go back to work because they're afraid of COVID, many of them…They don’t want to be exposed because their customers, they're not required to wear masks, they're not required to have shots."
“Number two…” Biden began, before trailing off into an explanation about how his programs and eventual mandates have resulted in higher vaccination rates, seeming to fly in the face of everything he’d just said thirty seconds ago.
Joe Biden places the labor shortage blame squarely on the idea that people are "reluctant to go back to work because they're afraid of COVID," and "they're not required to wear masks, they're not required to have shots." pic.twitter.com/KgSUm8qwJQ— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) October 22, 2021