President Joe Biden had difficulties on Monday reading the names of reporters from the list of pre-selected questioners he is allowed to call on during press conferences, mumbling “I’m having trouble reading this.”
The incident happened during an appearance in Bali, Indonesia, following Biden’s meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
Biden’s staff have ensured that he has no chance to deal with having to answer difficult questions by providing him with a pre-selected list of corporate journalists to call on, but even this strategy did not prevent the nearly 80-year-old president from having speech processing difficulties.
Biden: "I'm having trouble reading this" pic.twitter.com/BSuIE6Jcs6
— Clown World Today 🤡🌎 (@cwt_news) November 14, 2022
“Um, uh, I’m having trouble reading this,” Biden mumbled. “Reuters, uh, datanja, bout bose [sic].”
The gaffe quickly garnered attention on social media.
Biden: *silence* … "I'm having trouble reading this"
Painful to watch.pic.twitter.com/NaCmT9XmlF
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) November 14, 2022
🇺🇸👴Biden during his press conference after meeting with Xi Jinping: “I’m having trouble reading this” pic.twitter.com/0FL8zzDoGD
— AZ 🛰🌏🌍🌎 (@AZgeopolitics) November 14, 2022
*BIDEN in BALI*
“Ummm… I’m having trouble reading this… De-tan-deja-daboze…” pic.twitter.com/xBFacRH89F
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) November 14, 2022
Biden: ‘I’m having trouble reading this’.
Thats The US Prez for you, He can't even read whats written 😬 pic.twitter.com/rc4ndzvWzx
— Vikrant ~ विक्रांत (@vikrantkumar) November 14, 2022
Biden’s speech processing abilities malfunctioned last Wednesday while delivering remarks at a White House press briefing, stumbling his way through various unintelligible words before declaring “Biden’s being an extremist.”
It is unclear what the President of the United States what referring in the bungled sentence, as he stammered, “Biden’s being a pup-, a puck-, a cuppa-, [sic] Biden’s being an extremist.”
The garbled gaffe was described as a “meltdown” by many critics, following on the heels of his declaration that he will do “nothing” to reverse any of the highly unpopular policies of his administration.
During the same briefing, Biden doubled down on antagonizing the majority of Americans who believe the country is heading in the “wrong direction” under his administration’s watch, confirming he will do “nothing” to address the concerns of those who are worried about his administration’s performance thus far.
“You mentioned that Americans are frustrated, and in, fact, 75% of voters say that the country is heading in the wrong direction despite the results of last night,” a reporter asked Biden on Wednesday.
“What in the next 2 years do you intend to do differently to change people’s opinion of the direction of the country, particularly as you contemplate a run for president in 2024?” Biden was then asked.
“Nothing, because they’re just finding out what we’re doing,” Biden replied immediately.