Gaffe-prone Biden stumbles through CNN town hall

President Joe Biden participated in a town hall-style event with CNN host Don Lemon in Cincinnati, Ohio on Wednesday — and it did not go particularly well for the 78-year-old chief executive.

On multiple occasions throughout the discussion, the president appeared to lose his train of thought, offering up incomplete and incoherent answers to many questions posed by his interviewer, the Washington Examiner reported.

Say what?

The first example came early in the talk when Lemon, following up on a question from an audience member, asked about when coronavirus vaccines would be authorized by the federal government for children younger than 12. The president said it would happen “soon.”

“And the question is whether or not we should be in a position where you are — why can’t the — the — the experts say, ‘We know that this virus is, in fact — it’s going to be’ — or, excuse me — ‘We know why all the drugs approved are not temporarily approved, but permanently approved.’ That’s underway too. I expect that to occur quickly,” Biden said, according to a White House transcript.

Seeking clarity, Lemon asked if the president was referring to the FDA, the Food and Drug Administration, which Biden affirmed, albeit by mistakenly referring to the agency as the “Federal Drug Administration.”

Biden and inflation

Another example of the president’s rambling came on the topic of federal spending and inflation. Lemon pointed out the connection between pumping trillions of dollars into the economy and rising prices, as well as the Biden administration’s insistence that such inflation was only “temporary.”

Incredibly, Biden not only stuck with dismissing the soaring prices as a short-term inconvenience that Americans shouldn’t worry about, but actually argued that the massive spending plans he and congressional Democrats are pushing would actually “reduce inflation” when the opposite is clearly true.

“No, look, here’s the deal: Moody’s, today, went out — a Wall Street firm, not some liberal think tank — said if we passed the other two things I’m trying to get done, we will, in fact, reduce inflation. Reduce inflation,” Biden said. “Reduce inflation — because we’re going to be providing good opportunities and jobs for people who, in fact, are going to be reinvesting that money back into all the things we’re talking about, driving down prices, not raising prices.

“And so, it is — I sincerely mean this: Prices are up now, and they’re up in — for example, you’re in a position where you’re trying to build a house, trying to find two-by-fours and lumber. Well, guess what? People stopped working cutting lumber,” the president continued. “They stopped doing it because they — the unemployment was so down. Now, all of a sudden, there’s this need because people are coming back. And guess what? Instead of paying 10 cents, you’re paying 20. But you understand what I’m saying.”

There were several other instances throughout the event wherein President Biden either lost his place mid-sentence or uttered a jumbled word salad that made little or no sense — and given how embarrassing his on-stage collapse was (social media has been brutal with deserved mockery), it’s hard to imagine his team will allow another one of these events to occur any time soon.

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