President Joe Biden made another embarrassing the other day and the another and another until he darn near gave up and said out loud, “What am I doing here.”
We don’t know if it was a teleprompter malfunction, human error, or Biden just flubbed the names and then lost his place in the speech but he needs to keep it together when he is out there speaking or start doing taped and edited videos.
Biden was in Houston Friday speaking at a Federal Emergency Management Agency vaccination facility. The official White House transcript of Biden’s remarks are below.
THE PRESIDENT: You’re all being very polite. You’ve been with me all day, and it’s dinner time. (Laughs.) “Good afternoon — or almost. Actually, it’s evening. And I want to thank you, Governor and Mrs. Abbott, for your hospitality and your friendship. And Representative — Senator Cornyn, I think he had to go back;
“I think he’s getting on a plane. He told me last — he came in to see me last event. And Representatives Sheila Jackson Lee, Al Green, Sylvia Garcia, Lizzie Pannilli [sic] — excuse me, Pannill [Fletcher] — and — what am I doing here?
“I’m going to lose track here. And Mayor Turner, Judge Hidalgo.
“Thank you all for welcoming us.”
“And Jill and I wanted to visit Texas today for a couple of reasons: First and foremost, to let the people of Texas know our prayers are with you in the aftermath of this winter storm. And secondly, to let you know what I told Governor Abbott and Mayor Turner and Judge Hidalgo and the congressional delegation: that we will be true partners to help you recover and rebuild from the storms and this pandemic and the economic crisis. We’re in for the long haul. (Applause.)
“Earlier today, we received an update on the storm relief efforts from — from Harris County, at the Harris County Emergency Operations Center. The folks there are doing God’s work, as my mother would say. It was an important update on how the federal government and the states are working together through the major disaster declaration and the emergency declarations that I made after the storm hit when the governor contacted me.
“The Federal Emergency Management, FEMA, is providing millions of gallons of water and millions of meals, direct assistance, to uninsured homeowners to repair the damage burst pipes caused to millions of homes across this state. And the public assistance that comes with a disaster declaration ensures that mayors and county officials can find shelter for folks in need and keep them safe and warm. This in addition to the more than 125,000 blankets FEMA has also made available to storm victims so children and families don’t go to sleep cold.”