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President Joe Biden lost his way just one month into his presidency during a Texas speech, prompting a dose of online ridicule.
Biden was in Houston on Feb. 26, 2021, speaking at a Federal Emergency Management Agency vaccination facility, according to the White House.
A transcript of Biden’s remarks showed that he had trouble navigating his way through the list of officials he was supposed to mention.
“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,” Biden said, initially confusing the title of Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas.
“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,” Biden said according to the White House transcript of his comments.
A video clip of the moment showed that despite what the transcript contained, Biden flubbed Jackson Lee’s name, calling her “Shirley.”
Also, as noted on her website, Democratic Rep. Lizzie Pannill Fletcher of Texas goes by the last name “Fletcher.”
When Trump speaks, he speaks with vigour but when Biden speaks, he speaks with uncertainty. Like in Texas today @JoeBiden said “what am I doing here? Am gonna lose track here”, he does that pretty much everytime.
— Anario Bright Micheal Obiefula (@brightersonic) February 26, 2021
He is the president in name only. So who is making the actual decisions? pic.twitter.com/jkcjkWZL7b
— Ezra Levant ? (@ezralevant) February 27, 2021
Joe Biden: “What am I doing here?”
Becoming the laughingstock of the world.
— thebradfordfile (@thebradfordfile) February 27, 2021
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) February 27, 2021
“What am I doing here” is a good question pic.twitter.com/nW8l5dSpIS
— markmaycott (@markmaycot) February 27, 2021
Joe Biden Speaks in Houston, What Follows Should Make You Question Everything – RedState https://t.co/8woRFY2taQ
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 28, 2021
On RedState, a commentator going by the name of “Bonchie,” whose comments were noted by Donald Trump Jr., said this goes beyond a simple stutter.
“This is a man whose mental capacity appears to be rapidly declining before our eyes. You can watch videos of Biden from just five years ago and he’s a totally different person,” the commentator wrote.
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