President Joe Biden has based his decades-long career as a Washington D.C. politician on the premise that he is just an ordinary guy from Scranton and on Wednesday, he returned to his birthplace to make the case for his “Build Back Better” agenda which remains stalled in Congress.
In a speech that was drenched in sentimental family anecdotes including how he “learned an awful lot” from “grandpop” at the kitchen table, Biden pitched his massive $3.5 trillion legislative package that would fundamentally transform America in ways that were unimaginable only a few short years ago.
During the rambling speech which at times veered into incoherence, Biden presented a vision of a future that would be the fulfillment of a dream to Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and progressives but a living nightmare for ordinary Americans who are already being battered by his administration’s failed policies that have led to raging inflation, empty shelves and a coming Christmas season that will be unlike any before.
At one point, Biden vowed that “We will take, literally, millions of automobiles off the road, off the road,” he said, “off the road, saving tens of millions of barrels of oil, dealing with cleaning up the air. This is not hyperbole; this is a fact. These are facts.”
Biden: "We will take, literally, millions of automobiles off the road. Off the road." pic.twitter.com/W3yttKAgBu
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 20, 2021
Not once during his campaign for the White House did Biden even hint at such an extreme policy initiative which would have likely been a deal killer with millions of voters.
Biden’s terrifying vision of the end of an American tradition of vehicles and unrestricted travel came as he stumped for high-speed rail, one of former President Barack Obama’s priorities that never came to fruition during his two terms in office.
He also once again told the debunked story of the Amtrak worker who, as Biden tells it, risked a Secret Service response by approaching him to say that his landmark of 1 million miles traveled on Air Force Two was less impressive than his mileage on the rail carrier. He said that the encounter was 7 years into his vice presidency which would have been in 2015.
However, Angelo Negri who had long since retired from Amtrack was dead, he passed away in 2014 and despite being fact-checked when he previously told the story, Biden did so again in Scranton.
WATCH: Joe Biden tells a debunked story about an Amtrak worker for the FOURTH time as president.
Biden says the conversation took place “7 years into” his vice presidency, which would be 2015.
The Amtrak worker retired in 1993 and passed away in 2014. pic.twitter.com/OlSjMzCLIw
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 20, 2021
Biden also bemoaned the “attacks and misinformation about my plans” which he claimed that “they’re still overwhelmingly supported by the American people,” at a time when food prices are soaring with no ceiling in sight as a result of his already impressive list of failed policies.
Critics were quick to react to the big speech including the crew at Fox News’ “The Five” who lambasted the missed opportunity and Biden’s leaning heavily on stories about his family which Dana Perino referred to as “a trip down memory lane.”
(Video: Fox News)
Host Greg Gutfeld displayed a pad of sketches where he drew Biden’s remarks, an imaginative form of mockery.
Jesse Waters pointed out, “That was not Joe Biden’s best shot,” adding, “think about it right now Dana, Joe Biden is at the lowest point of his presidency right now as multiple crises, can’t handle anything, the country’s turned on him right, he’s at…the last two polls are at 37 percent, his entire agenda is stalled with both houses in his control.
He added, “White House figures we gotta do something right? Send him to Scranton, it’s his hometown, he’s gonna sell it hard and instead of selling it hard, he doesn’t even look at the teleprompter – and Fox is taking it live and he just does family storytime for 20 minutes, euphemisms and mottos and just things he’s memorized and regurgitated.”
Reaction on Twitter wasn’t positive for Biden.
Joe Biden is rambling about all his history in Scranton live now. Not sure how this is getting anything done with his "infrastructure" package.
You would have no idea why he's there yet and he's been talking for 10 minutes, at least.
— Ethan Ralph (@TheRalphRetort) October 20, 2021
Biden can’t even control his speech, but he wants to control ours.
— No One 🇺🇸 (@tweettruth2me) October 20, 2021
This speech is gold. Biden is just rambling from one story to another with no sense of segue from tale to tale. Candid Joe is a goddamn embarrament. There is no way this guy got the most votes ever. I'd my bet my first kid.
— Johnny Applesauce (@ArtPunkBeardGuy) October 20, 2021
If you're not listening to this Biden speech in Scranton… you might want to, it's terrifying. He doesn't know what he's talking about and neither does anyone else.
— libby emmons (@libbyemmons) October 20, 2021
Biden was also “welcomed” back home by protesters who chanted a popular patriotic refrain, a growing sentiment with Americans.
Joe Biden’s Hometown of Scranton Pennsylvania throws him a welcome home party… pic.twitter.com/HoaiDVXLZP
— Ole Murica (@OleMurica) October 21, 2021
The wheels are rapidly coming off of the entire “Build Back Better” scheme and after less than a year, Biden’s presidency is already speeding toward the edge of a cliff.
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