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Despite drooling sycophancy from the media, President Joe Biden’s first speech to U.S. troops stationed abroad drew criticism that it was a giant flop marred by cringeworthy behavior and gaffes.
The speech Wednesday at the Royal Air Force Mildenhall in Britain began with first lady Jill Biden taking charge by delivering the first set of remarks, all while telling the airmen to sit down and bossing her husband around.
“You know, you can sit down. I don’t want you to stand,” she said to the crowd of airmen.
As they proceeded to sit down, the president turned around to watch and someone shouted, “I love you, Joe!”
Seeing her husband watching the crowd then prompted the first lady to exclaim, “Pay attention, Joe!”
The comment drew laughter from the crowd.
(Video: Fox News)
Over on Twitter, the joking behavior instead provoked criticism from those who felt that, even if she was joking, her “order” to the president made him, and thus the country, look weak to its foreign adversaries.
Critics also argued that, while the “order” might be cute in normal circumstances, the president’s known dementia-like aloofness raised questions over whether the first lady had even been joking.
In a normal situation with a cognitively sharp man this would be a cute banter between husband n wife but unfortunately when the husband is Joe Biden whose cognitive ability is in question and in obvious decline it’s just terribly disturbing not cute but telling
— RH (@RHccm) June 10, 2021
Thats so sad 😢. I can’t watch him. My grandmother and mother in law had dementia/alzheimer’s. I was sad to see the Democrats pushing the Biden vote bc I could see it. Now I’m sad for Biden and his wife. Its a difficult disease bc they are fine 1 minute and then not the next.
— dontbh8n (@dontbh8n1) June 9, 2021
By itself, this criticism might seem silly. A joke is a joke, after all. But what Biden himself said only moments later seemed to lend credence to these concerns.
After stepping up to the podium to deliver his own speech, he briefly forgot to tell the airmen to be “at ease.” When he remembered a couple of minutes later, he offered a bizarre explanation for why he’d forgotten.
“I keep forgetting I’m president,” he pithily said.
His comment also drew laughter from the crowd.
A short time later in the speech, the president forgot something else. During another speech just days earlier, he claimed white supremacy is the greatest threat facing America. Yet during his speech Wednesday, he forgot what he’d said.
“You know, when I went over in The Tank in the Pentagon, when I first was elected Vice President, with President Obama, the military sat us down to let us know what the greatest threats facing America were — the greatest physical threats,” he said.
“And this is not a joke: You know what the Joint Chiefs told us the greatest threat facing America was? Global warming. Because there’ll be significant population movements, fights over land, millions of people leaving places because they’re literally sinking below the sea in Indonesia; because of the fights over what is arable land anymore,” he added.
Btw. Last week dementia Joe said white supremacy is the biggest threat (guess he hasn’t been paying attention to the weekend deadly shootings in democrat-run cities every weekend). Yesterday he says climate change biggest threat. Next week aliens? 😂😂😂
— MamaB (@MamaB153) June 10, 2021
So which is it — white supremacy or global warming?
(Video: CBS News)
Although the speech was clearly marred by issues, over on MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace, a Bush-era “neocon” who’s since become a Democrat Party hero and icon, couldn’t resist lavishing it with adoring and mostly fictitious praise.
Describing the speech as “heartfelt and at times soaring,” she contrasted Biden’s presidency with that of her arch-nemesis, former President Donald Trump.
“This trip was always going to be one of the big milestones of the new Biden presidency, the first trip abroad by the president who comes after the president who saw zero value in our friends and allies and delighted in pandering to the world’s most heinous dictators,” she said.
Biden has sought to make friends with the world’s number one sponsor of state terrorism, Iran …
“President Biden’s first foreign trip comes at a moment of strength for him and his White House, [with] President Biden rolling out the world’s most competent and effective and well-funded vaccination program and turning the U.S from the world’s pandemic hot spot to a vaccine success story,” she added.
Over a million Americans/day were already being vaccinated when Biden took office thanks to the efforts of the Trump administration …
“President Biden can also tout rapid economic growth ahead at home,” Wallace continued.
Fact-check: FALSE …
Listen to the sycophantic remarks below:
As noted recently by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, “Wallace was trained to be state TV.”
Except that, whereas she used to be a mouthpiece for the Bush/Cheney administration, she’s now a proud mouthpiece for the Biden administration.
Nicolle Wallace was trained to be state TV. She worked for years as the official spokesperson for the Bush/Cheney WH and reelection campaign.
She now does exactly the same as she did then, just for MSNBC and a liberal audience instead of Bush/Cheney and the neocons. That simple: https://t.co/01Z76YoXJ7
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 4, 2021
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