After making the same mistake twice last year, President Biden told US forces in Japan that his son Beau died in Iraq.
The traveling media corps made sure that the words were inaudible. The White House press staff did not release a verified transcript, almost concealing the error.
Errors and Gaffes
In October of last year, Biden claimed Beau “lost his life in Iraq.” In November, he asserted Iraq is “where my son died.”
Biden: “My son was a major in the U.S. Army. We lost him in Iraq,”
Fact Check: His son died of brain cancer in Maryland.
— No One 🇺🇸 (@tweettruth2me) May 23, 2023
In actuality, the president’s son passed away from brain cancer in 2015 at the Bethesda, Maryland-based Walter Reed National Military Medical facility.
For Biden, who is running for re-election in 2024, such flagrant factual mistakes are a political liability. This month’s Washington Post-ABC poll indicated that 32% of the public thinks Biden is smart enough to be president.
Beau Biden, groomed to succeed his father in politics, died at 46. He was Delaware’s attorney general from 2007 until 2015. The president regularly says he believed his son could have been president.
Biden also linked Beau’s terminal disease to “burn pits” that disposed of military garbage during his nearly yearlong tour to Iraq in 2008 and 2009. While traveling to the G-7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan, Biden stopped in Iwakuni.
At the summit, the president called South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol “Loon” and frequently called Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida “president.”
When America is weak, the world is less safe.
Whether it be Kim Jong Un, Putin, Khamenei or Xi, our adversaries are watching Biden’s blunders. Weakness invites conflict. Fortitude begets peace. pic.twitter.com/E7jBwfFnrE
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) May 17, 2023
The amusing thing is Biden is running for a second four-year term and would turn 86 if he serves for eight years. The White House press office severely restricts journalistic access under Biden.
White House staffers also have an extraordinary method for pre-screening reporters authorized to attend indoor functions with the president, refusing to explain the criteria to even White House Correspondents’ Association leaders.
Also, compared to his recent predecessors, Biden has conducted far fewer press conferences and granted significantly fewer interviews.This article appeared in NewsHouse and has been published here with permission.