President Joe Biden took a question from reporters when he returned to the White House on Sunday after spending the weekend at his Delaware home and began the exchange with a barking, bizarre statement, a clip of which was posted to social media and left many users scratching their heads.
A video clip of the exchange was posted by ABC News White House correspondent Molly Nagle, who asked, “Does immigration need to be in reconciliation? A pathway for citizenship?”
Biden responded in an emphatic matter and appeared to some users to say something like, “My butt’s been wiped!” — though it is not at all clear that’s what the president said. In fact, it’s difficult to make his exact words out due to the background noise and rotor wash of Marine One, the name of the helicopter the president uses for short-distance travel.
“Does immigration need to be in reconciliation?A pathway for citizenship?” @POTUS was asked returning to the White House
“There needs to be a pathway to citizenship whether it needs to be in immigration remains to be seen,” he said (he appeared to mean reconciliation) pic.twitter.com/cDiNoG31h3
— Molly Nagle (@MollyNagle3) July 25, 2021
After some reporters in the assembled press gaggle could be heard chuckling at the remark, the president went on to say, “There needs to be a pathway to citizenship whether it needs to be in immigration remains to be seen.”
Nagle noted that Biden likely meant to say “reconciliation” — a political tactic used to pass legislation in the Senate by simple majority to avoid the 60-vote filibuster rule — instead of “immigration.”
The comment drew wide speculation, mocking, and some derision as well.
“Did he say ‘my butts been wiped’?” one Twitter user speculated.
“He literally dementia’s the answer and states “My butts being wiped,'” wrote another.
“That’s one feeble old fool,” said another user.
“He said ‘My butt’s been wiped’ and you didn’t even mention that. But hey, have a great week, Democrat lapdog,” wrote another user.
Independent journalist Drew Holden was more circumspect.
“Trump walked slowly down a ramp one time and it was a week-long news cycle yet the current occupant of the Oval Office can keep having moments like this and it’s apparently not newsworthy,” he wrote along with a clip of only Biden’s bizarre comment.
Trump walked slowly down a ramp one time and it was a week-long news cycle yet the current occupant of the Oval Office can keep having moments like this and it’s apparently not newsworthy. https://t.co/uPQTpTLCts
— Drew Holden (@DrewHolden360) July 25, 2021
The president’s mental status has been an increasing topic of discussion among Republicans and conservatives who cite recent examples during public appearances of Biden stumbling, referencing notes before answering questions, and making unusual statements.
In an interview last week with Fox News’s Sean Hannity, Stephen Miller, former President Donald Trump’s top immigration adviser, agreed with former White House physician and freshman Rep. Ronnie Jackson (R-Texas) that Biden’s mental health appears to be subpar and he should be subjected to a cognitive exam.
(Video: Fox News)
“I don’t think it’s going to be sustainable for the White House to continue refusing Dr. Ronnie Jackson’s request that they perform a cognitive test on Joe Biden,” Miller said.
“Anybody watching that town hall [on Thursday]…can see that his cognitive situation is deteriorating rather rapidly, and that is deeply alarming to all Americans,” he continued.
“You also raised the issue about these long absences when [Biden] would disappear before events — what were they doing during that time period?” Miller asked. “How were they getting him ready for these events? Those questions have never been answered.”
Miller went on to note that Biden’s alleged cognitive decline “has real policy implications for our country.”
“Who’s making decisions about COVID? Who’s making decisions about the border? Who’s making decisions about Russia and the Nordstream pipeline? ‘Cause clearly it is not Joe Biden,” he added.
Earlier in the interview, Jackson predicted that Biden won’t serve out his term, describing his perceived decline in mental fitness as a “national security issue.”
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