Joe Biden entered last night’s State of the Union address with his back against the wall. His first year in office was not what anyone would call a slam dunk. Inflation is out of control. The supply chain is still crippled. Gas prices are skyrocketing. Oh, and did you hear about that thing going on in Ukraine? That’s Biden’s fault, too.
In moments like this, true leaders define themselves. They muster all their strength and wisdom to rally the people. They find a way, even in the darkest of times, to bring a nation together. A speech from a gifted president can help the country dig itself out of a deep hole. Unfortunately, Joe Biden did not do that last night. His first State of the Union address left MUCH to be desired.
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U.S. President Joe Biden incorrectly referred to Ukrainians as “Iranians” during his State of the Union address broadcast live on Tuesday night.
“[Russian President Vladimir] Putin may circle Kyiv with tanks but he’ll never gain the hearts and souls of the Iranian people,” Biden said live on the evening of March 1 at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.
Ugh, was that a Freudian slip? It only got worse from there. Even a pre-written script couldn’t save him.
Biden referred to “a pound of Ukrainian people.” His prepared text said “proud.”
Biden later tried to say Ukrainians were fighting “pound for pound” with “every inch of ‘earnagy’”
Some of his comments were downright confusing or wacky.
“It’s time to see the uh the uh what used to be called the Rust Belt become the uh uh um the home of uh significant resurgence in manufacturing.” […]
“You can’t build a wall high enough to keep out a-a-a-a a vaccine. The vaccine can stop the spread of these diseases,” he said.
And when he tried to go after Trump’s historic tax cuts, he got some well-deserved boos.
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From Washington Times:
President Biden was booed by Republicans at his first State of the Union address for panning the Trump-era tax cuts…
“And unlike the $2 trillion tax cut passed in the previous administration that benefited the top 1% of Americans, the American Rescue Plan helped working people—and left no one behind.”
Republicans were quick to jeer the remarks with a chorus of “boo.” Democrats attempted to drown them out with shorts of “Joe,” but to little avail.
Biden’s State of the Union address went as poorly as you’d imagine. He conveniently ignored many issues his administration created or was unable to solve. He fumbled frequently with his pre-written remarks. When he did try to go off script, he made a bigger mess, as when he tried to talk about a wall keeping out the virus.
But one interesting note is Biden’s bogus claim that Trump’s tax cuts only benefited 1% of Americans. Multiple studies found that the tax cuts bill benefited Americans of all tax brackets. The Tax Policy Center estimated 82% of middle-class families saved money. And even the Treasury Department said that 90% of Americans saw an increase in their take-home pay (according to a report by Fox Business).
Biden deliberately ignored these and many other facts, earning three “Pinocchio’s” from Washington Post. And plenty of boos from Republicans.
There is not much else worth celebrating from last night’s speech. Biden certainly didn’t instill confidence about Ukraine’s chances against Russia. I wonder how many Americans were waiting for Biden to announce stronger measures to stop Putin. Those never came. Instead, he got more of what we’ve seen all year long. A confused, slurring speech from a man who could be suffering mental decline.