Joe Biden was seen on camera attempting to mix up the Secret Service with the Salvation Army during his relatively quick visit to the border between the United States and Mexico.
Biden visited a migrants center after having a conversation with some Border Patrol agents. A female told him as soon as he entered “And here are several Salvation Army personnel, according to multiple reports.
Then Biden approached one of the Salvation Army men and told him “In Poland and Ukraine, I worked with the Secret Service for a while.”
Although he seemed perplexed, the man smiled as they shook hands.
“And here we have folks from the Salvation Army.”
Biden: “I spent some time with the Secret Service in Poland and in Ukraine.”
Salvation Army guy: *nods* “Oh yeah..”
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 9, 2023
Newsweek outlined some of Biden’s biggest gaffes of the year 2022 saying that Biden, the 46th and oldest president to take office, has long faced criticism for his indiscretions in public.
The article went on to say that Americans and politicians have expressed their displeasure with the frequency of his mistakes as a spokesperson of the United States at foreign visits and events.
The criticism has persisted despite the White House’s defense of the president and insistence that he is in good physical and mental condition.
Biden made the error of mistaking the people of Iran with those of Ukraine during his State of the Union speech in March, and the mistake rapidly gained notoriety. In an effort to draw attention to the recent invasion of Ukraine and to express his sympathy to Ukrainians, Biden made this statement.
Biden said: “Putin may circle Kyiv with tanks, but he’ll never gain the hearts and souls of the Iranian people. He will never extinguish their love of freedom. He will never weaken the resolve of the free world.”
In another incident, after forgetting his lines at a speech and reading the teleprompter instructions out loud, the president received jeers in July. When he made the error, Biden was discussing the need to defend women’s reproductive rights and the value of voting at the White House.
“It is noteworthy that the percentage of women who register to vote and cast a ballot is consistently higher than the percentage of the men who do so—end of quote, repeat the line. Women are not without electoral and, or, political—let me be precise: not and, or—or political power,” Biden said during his address.
The sentence, “Women are not without electoral or political power,” was to be repeated, according to the teleprompter. Due to this mistake, the president received mockery on Twitter, with some comments stating he was unsuitable to serve as the country’s leader.
Late in October, when supporting then-Pennsylvania U.S. Senator John Fetterman, Biden made another error. When discussing the Affordable Care Act, the president made a mistake that led to bewilderment and hilarity when he mentioned that the United States had 54 rather than 50 states.
Biden said: “And, of course, [the Republicans are] going to try for the 499th time, or whatever the number is. They’re still determined to eliminate the Affordable Care Act. And, by the way, if they do, that means, not a joke everybody, that’s why we defeated it in 2018 when they tried to do it. We went to 54 states. The reason is people didn’t realize that the only reason anybody who has a pre-existing condition can get healthcare is because of that Affordable Care Act.”
The video gained 1.7 million Twitter views in a few of days after going viral.