A week of startling displays from America’s gerontocracy was capped as only President Joe Biden could — seemingly forgetting the reason his handlers dragged him all the way to Maine.
(Video: Fox News)
If ever there was a week to spark a conversation around age limits to work for the government, this was likely it. While instances involving Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) seemed to evoke concern for the well-being of the individuals who many argued should have retired long ago, Biden’s blunder embodied the broader problems with the nation.
Having flown to Auburn, Maine on Friday, where “Bidenomics” signs flanked him while giving a speech at Auburn Manufacturing, Inc., a textile mill specializing in extreme temperature protection, the president was meant to cap his speech with the signing of an executive order simplified as “Invent It Here, Make It Here.”
The problem came when Biden forgot why he was “here” and walked off stage after closing his remarks “So, God bless you all. And may God protect our troops. Thank you very much.”
Rather than turning to his right to sit at the small table upon which rested the executive order awaiting his signature, the 80-year-old president turned to his left to mingle with the crowd of dozens and shake hands.
Only after several minutes did a handler approach Biden, appearing to whisper in his ear that he needed to return to the stage.
Following the directions, he awkwardly picked up the microphone to say, “And the bad news is I’m coming back to shake your hand, but I forgot I didn’t sign the order. All that talk and no action.”
Once seated, he announced, “Alright. I’m signing the executive order. Federal Research and Development in Support of Domestic Manufacturing in the United States, which means more jobs.”
The day prior, 90-year-old California Senator Feinstein appeared to forget how to cast a vote during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, and earlier in the week the 81-year-old Kentucky lawmaker had shaken his peers and reporters alike freezing for nearly 20 seconds mid-sentence during a press conference in what many believed might have been an on-air stroke.
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Of course, Biden’s performance at the end of his speech was merely a visual aid for the corresponding action the Associated Press summarized as an order that “would improve the transparency of federal research and development programs to meet the administration’s goals for domestic manufacturing. The order asks agencies to weigh U.S. national security and economic interests when determining if domestic manufacturing requirements should be broadened.”
Analysts questioned how the order would impact current trade deals amidst an economy still struggling to get its supply chain back in order after government-backed lockdowns that began in 2020.
Biden remained out of touch with the actual state of the economy as he touted “Bidenomics” three separate times during his speech. At one point, he attributed a quote to his father and told the audience, “My dad used to say, ‘At the end of the month, the question is: Do you just have a little — after you pay all your bills, do you have just a little breathing room, a little breathing room, a little left over?'”
Perhaps one of the truest statements made during his presidency, Biden’s explanation of his policies as leaving Americans with only “a little left over” after the crushing weight of bills had him lauding, “Folks, that’s Bidenomics.”
What a disgrace to our country
— D. R. Duncan (@DannyDu80181406) July 28, 2023
He’s heading to a 10 day vacation at the beach he’s not thinking about that
— Cathy Brown (@CathyBrown380) July 28, 2023
Such a proud moment in time for American history.
— Ryan McLeland (@MacTen22Sweet) July 29, 2023
…and they all laugh and pretend like this is normal.
— Mike Mojo (@thenalett) July 28, 2023
“All that talk and no action,” said Biden.
For once, he got something right.
— Catherine (@CatherineUSA1) July 28, 2023
“All that talk and no action” sounds about right for the last 3 years.
— Just Trey (@trizzy890) July 28, 2023
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