Biden Mistakenly Reads Teleprompter Instruction During Speech

During a speech, President Biden appeared to inadvertently read teleprompter instructions aloud, saying "four more years, pause." This latest verbal gaffe has fueled ongoing concerns about Biden's mental acuity as he prepares for a potential 2024 re-election bid.

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Biden Mistakenly Reads Teleprompter Instruction During Speech

Biden Mistakenly Reads Teleprompter Instruction During Speech

During a speech at a trade union conference in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, President Joe Biden seemed to inadvertently read the words "four more years, pause" from a teleprompter. The gaffe occurred as Biden was delivering remarks to the audience, resulting in an awkward moment as they responded with applause. "Four more years? Pause?" Biden said, appearing to read the instruction aloud.

This teleprompter mix-up is the latest in a series of verbal slip-ups made by the 81-year-old president. On Tuesday, Biden claimed his party "can't be trusted" before quickly correcting himself. He has also recently confused the Israeli port city of Haifa with Rafah in southern Gaza. The president's gaffes have drawn attention to concerns about his age and mental acuity as he prepares for a potential re-election bid in 2024.

The White House transcript of Wednesday's remarks attempted to conceal the gaffe by marking that part as "(inaudible)," though the audio clearly captured Biden reading the teleprompter instruction. During the speech, Biden also made other bizarre comments, such as claiming his predecessor Donald Trump had given him a pair of boots as a gift, and incorrectly stating that he had "cut the national debt so far" when he meant to say "deficit."

Biden's apparent flub was widely shared on social media, with a Republican National Committee (RNC) account posting a clip that garnered over 1.6 million views. Some mocked the incident, comparing it to the buffoonish newsman character played by Will Ferrell in the 2004 comedy Anchorman. Former Trump administration officials also seized on the gaffe as further evidence of Biden's mental fitness issues.

Why this matters: As the oldest president in U.S. history, Biden's verbal missteps and gaffes have fueled ongoing questions about his cognitive abilities and fitness to serve a second term. With the 2024 election on the horizon, the president's public stumbles risk becoming a political liability for him and the Democratic Party.

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Biden's latest teleprompter mix-up. The incident adds to a long list of gaffes that have plagued his presidency, including recently referring to the history of cannibalism in Papua New Guinea and accidentally crediting Trump for proving his administration "can't be trusted." As Biden gears up for a likely re-election campaign, his tendency for verbal blunders will remain under close scrutiny.

Key Takeaways

  • Biden appeared to read "four more years, pause" from teleprompter during speech.
  • Gaffe is latest in series of verbal slip-ups by 81-year-old president.
  • White House transcript tried to conceal gaffe by marking it as "(inaudible)".
  • Incident fuels concerns about Biden's mental fitness for potential 2024 re-election.
  • Biden's tendency for verbal blunders will remain under close scrutiny.