At a time of strife, we need our president to be clear-headed and cautious, particularly in his language.
We don’t hear from our president very often. Joe Biden is frequently vacationing in Delaware or dodging the media outside the White House. But when he does speak, he often terrifies the American people and sends them scrambling for the nearest bomb shelter.
Over the weekend, the president made quite a whoopsie on the national stage. Speaking at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, President Biden ad libbed “For God’s sake, this man [Russia’s president Vladimir Putin] cannot remain in power.”
“As I tell my small children, there are things that we think but do not say aloud. Yes, we all see that man urinating in Midtown, no need to point and draw attention to yourself. That man can be an erratic menace who happens to have the world’s largest collection of nuclear warheads,” or something to that effect.
It took less than an hour for the White House to double back on the president’s assessment. As Mary Kay Linge reported in the New York Post “45 minutes later, an unnamed White House official rushed to tell the president’s traveling press pool that Biden didn’t really mean it.
As I tell my small children, there are things that we think but do not say aloud.
“The president’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region,” the official said as Biden’s motorcade made its way to Warsaw Chopin Airport for his flight back to Washington.
“He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change,” the official claimed.
How nice and convincing.
well, at least Biden didn’t imply
American troops would soon
enter the conflict.
Except that he did.
Just two days prior, when he was talking to American soldiers and said, “You’re going to see when you’re there, and some of you have been there, you’re gonna see — you’re gonna see women, young people standing in the middle in front of a damned tank just saying, ‘I’m not leaving, I’m holding my ground.’”
The White House again had to clean up on Aisle Biden. “The president has been clear we are not sending U.S. troops to Ukraine, and there is no change in that position,” a Biden spokesman said.
And foreign leaders, too, such as French President Macron, and NATO officials, rushed to the exits, distancing themselves from Biden’s irresponsible remarks.
I hope Putin heard that correction! And the other one too.
Yes, that’s pretty bad. But the American people, at home thousands of miles away from the conflict in Ukraine can be sure that their president isn’t just going to accept things getting increasingly difficult for the citizens of his country, right?
Earlier this month, the president released a statement blaming the inflation pinch Americans are feeling on Putin. In a statement, Biden said “Today’s inflation report is a reminder that Americans’ budgets are being stretched by price increases and families are starting to feel the impacts of Putin’s price hike.”
Nice try. But not true. The price increases, including but definitely not limited to oil and gas prices, had begun far, far before Putin’s invasion.
And then, last week, after meetings with G-7 and NATO members in Belgium, Biden said, “With regard to food shortages, yes we did talk about food shortages. And it’s going to be real.”
We’re poking a bear sitting on an arsenal of nukes; American troops may soon be in Ukraine; and hey, your family might not have anything to eat. How comforting!
Americans generally like hearing from their president. He is supposed to be a reassuring voice for us all. But in the case of Biden, the president’s words way too often produce the opposite reaction.
The president veers off-script a lot and his impulsive words terrify instead of encourage.
At a time of strife, we need our leader to be clear-headed and cautious, particularly in his language. What we have instead is a president unwilling to take responsibility for the country’s problems while simultaneously saying irresponsible things on the world stage.
Even several left-wing media outlets such as CNN, the Washington Post and others, called Biden out for some of his dangerous antics.
It’s a dangerous moment for America and for the world. The president should recognize that and – if he can’t say anything constructive – just shush.