Though it is admittedly a complex issue, the vast majority of Americans understand that there are currently some serious problems in the national and global supply chains that have left them grappling with soaring prices and widespread product shortages.
But according to Fox News, President Joe Biden appeared to insult the intelligence of the American people Saturday by suggesting that few, if any, members of the public actually understand the ongoing supply chain crisis or methods of addressing it.
At one point in a five-minute-long rant, the president also seemed to cast blame upon the media for not doing a better job of explaining to the, apparently stupid and confused, general public how supply chains work.
“That’s who I am”
Those remarks from President Biden came toward the end of a speech during which he heralded the passage of the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal in the House. According to a White House transcript, the president was asked to respond to critical comments issued days earlier by Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), who said of Biden: “Nobody elected him to be [Franklin Delano Roosevelt]. They elected him to be normal and stop the chaos.”
The reporter also pressed Biden: “How do you view your mandate after Tuesday’s election losses for Democrats? And is [Spanberger] wrong?”
Biden initially dismissed the congresswoman’s remarks as a joke, then replied, “I don’t intend to anybody but Joe Biden. That’s who I am. And what I’m trying to do is do the things that I ran on to do. And, look, people out there are — ordinary, hardworking Americans are really, really — been put through the wringer the last couple years, starting with COVID.”
“You think they’d understand?”
He then admitted that Americans are “worried” — and “understandably” so — by the higher prices and empty shelves before mocking them for their apparent lack of knowledge.
“What — like, for example, if I had — if we were all going out and having lunch together and I said, ‘Let’s ask whoever the — whoever is at the next table, no matter how — what restaurant we’re in — have them explain the supply chain to us.’ You think they’d understand what we’re talking about?” Biden said, according to the transcript. He quickly added that “they’re smart people” before again insinuating that the issue is simply too “complicated” and “confusing” for people to fully grasp.
Biden mocks Americans’ intelligence: “If we were all going out & having lunch together & I said let’s ask whoever’s in the next table, no matter what restaurant we’re in, have them explain the supply chain to us. Do you think they’d understand what we’re talking about?” pic.twitter.com/lHAwLJZBfy
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) November 6, 2021
“You all write for a living”
Before he was done, Biden turned his attention to the press corps, who he suggested bear some of the blame.
“And, by the way, you all write for a living,” Biden told reporters. “I haven’t seen any one of you explain the supply chain very well. No, no, I’m not being critical. I’m being deadly earnest. When your editor says, ‘Explain the supply chain.’ Okay? ‘Lots of luck in your senior year,’ as my coach used to say.”
That one’s not going to do him any favors.