Biden mindlessly reads teleprompter instructions to him during speech

Biden mindlessly reads teleprompter instructions to him during speech

During an address to the nation yesterday, President Biden read teleprompter instructions to him that were not intended to be read aloud by the President, such as “Repeat the line” and “End of quote.” He read them as if they were part of his speech.

This triggered much ridicule of Biden on Twitter. For example, Elon Musk, the chief executive officer of Tesla, shared a picture of a scene from the 2004 movie ‘Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy’ to take a dig at Joe Biden. Musk captioned the picture, “Whoever controls the teleprompter is the real President!” in a reply to video showing Biden accidentally reading the instructions written on a teleprompter during his televised speech.

Fox News reports:

On Friday, Biden signed an executive order….Flanked by Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, Biden addressed the country and the press to explain his order…During the speech, however, Biden appeared unaware as to what and what not to read out loud from the teleprompter. In a moment that many Twitter users found highly amusing, Biden read a quote from the teleprompter and then read what appeared to be stage directions. He stated, “It is noteworthy that the percentage of women who registered to vote and cast a ballot is consistently higher than the percentage of the men who do so. End of quote.”

He then read the next set of directions out loud. “Repeat the line,” Biden said, before reciting the quote again and continuing to the next part of the address like nothing happened.

Washington Times columnist Tim Young mocked the president, tweeting, “Biden is so far gone that he will literally read anything put on the teleprompter in front of him. ‘End of quote’ …’Repeat the line.’”…. author John Cardillo called Biden “Completely dysfunctional,” adding, “Has no idea what the words he’s reading mean.”

“The man is literally Ron Burgundy,” tweeted conservative pundit Lauren Chen, referencing the “Anchorman” character played by Will Ferrell who did read everything put on his teleprompter in the 2004 film.

On June 23, President Biden “inadvertently held up a comically detailed cheat sheet prepared by his staff instructing the gaffe-prone leader of the free world to ‘take YOUR seat’ and to limit his remarks to ‘2 minutes,’” reported the New York Post.

A photographer snapped an image of the document when Biden held it up backward at a meeting with wind industry executives, which he attended after skipping his administration’s morning meeting with oil companies about combating record gas prices.

The prepared instructions for Biden — titled “Offshore Wind Drop-By Sequence of Events” — tell Biden to “enter the Roosevelt Room and say hello to participants.”

Then, the paper says, “YOU take YOUR seat.”

The typed-up note says that after reporters arrive, “YOU give brief comments (2 minutes).”

When reporters depart, “YOU ask Liz Shuler, President, AFL-CIO, a question” and then “YOU thank participants” and “YOU depart.”

Biden’s use of staff notes at events has been embarrassing before, such as last July, when an aide scrawled, “Sir, there is something on your chin.” Biden also held that note so it faced reporters and photographers.

Biden has privately taken umbrage at staff attempting to do damage control over his gaffes, to the degree that staff even contradict his prior statements without checking with him.

Biden told staffers that he, not they, is president, after administration officials told the press that Biden didn’t mean what he said three months ago when he called for Russia’s President Putin to be removed from power.

“The so-called clean-up campaign, he has told advisers, undermines him and smothers the authenticity that fueled his rise. Worse, it feeds a Republican talking point that he’s not fully in command,” according to NBC News.

LU Staff

LU Staff

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