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Along with apparently much of America, Elon Musk was not particularly dazzled by President Joe Biden’s State of the Union (SOTU) address on Tuesday evening.
Even given his billionaire status, he is also reportedly feeling left out.
The visionary and sometimes controversial or quirky entrepreneur who is the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX reportedly claimed that “nobody is watching the State of the Union” in an email to CNBC.
Musk is said to be the world’s richest man with an estimated net worth of about $200 billion.
According to the financial network, Musk threw shade on the SOTU after “after the president did not mention Tesla” in his speech to a joint session of Congress, the omission of which is apparently an ongoing source of contention.
In a subsequent tweet directly to Biden (or the Ivy League intern who runs the White House account) in response to the Democrat president touting Ford and General Motors’ electric car manufacturing commitment, Musk wrote that “Tesla has created over 50,000 US jobs building electric vehicles & is investing more than double GM + Ford combined.”
Tesla has created over 50,000 US jobs building electric vehicles & is investing more than double GM + Ford combined
[fyi to person controlling this twitter]
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 2, 2022
Although the actual viewership numbers are not yet in, and they probably won’t be dynamic, only 41 percent of respondents had a “very positive” reaction to Biden’s nationally and internationally televised, one-hour lecture (during which he confused Ukraine with Iran), the lowest since 2007 when President George W. Bush was in the White House.
This is according to a CNN poll.
Biden SOTU draws lowest ‘very positive’ reaction in 15 years according to CNN poll https://t.co/NJaZuDVADV
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) March 2, 2022
“Musk previously told CNBC in an email exchange that ‘Biden has pointedly ignored Tesla’ while noting that if he was ever invited to a White House event, that the administration had ‘nothing to worry about. I would do the right thing,'” the financial news outlet recalled.
An invite may be long in coming given that in late January, Musk described Biden as “a damp sock puppet in human form.”
Musk allegedly bristled when he was not included on a guest list of a summit meeting between Biden and corporate executives such as the Ford and GM CEOs to discuss the approximately $2 trillion Build Back Better legislation.
In early December 2021, Musk recommended that the now-stalled bill be canned entirely because of the insanity of the federal budget deficit.
Biden is a damp 🧦 puppet in human form
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 27, 2022
“Biden and senior White House officials have privately signaled to their allies that they have no immediate plans to invite Musk to any upcoming meetings,” according to CNBC. “Behind the scenes, the president and his team are aggravated with Musk’s criticism, according to more than half a dozen people familiar with the matter.”
The Biden team reportedly views Musk as too much of a loose cannon for any meet-and-greets. “Biden’s advisors have privately pushed back against inviting Musk to future industry events, as they are concerned the outspoken executive will say something that could embarrass the president or the administration.”
Late last year, Musk joked on a podcast that he wasn’t “perverted enough” to appear on scandal-ridden CNN.
Musk, an immigrant from South Africa and Time magazine’s 2021 Person of the Year, has also feuded with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) over how much taxes he pays or doesn’t pay.
According to Musk, his 2021 tax bill totaled a staggering $11 billion, apparently as a result of trading Tesla stock. He has insisted that the amount owed to Uncle Sam constitutes the largest single-year tax bill ever paid by any individual.
Separately, Musk has won widespread praise for restoring internet service to war-torn Ukraine with the Starlink broadband satellite service operated by SpaceX.
Elon Musk responds to Ukraine plea to say Starlink now active after Russia disrupts internet access https://t.co/tuAwe9rcPq
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) February 27, 2022
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