White House national security spokesperson John Kirby has claimed he understands President Joe Biden’s mumbling, but nobody believes him.
Appearing on Fox News’ “The Story” this Thursday, he was asked by host Martha MacCallum to respond to a clip of the president mumbling during a Tuesday White House visit with Israeli President Isaac Herzog.
Watch the clip for yourself below:
As seen above, the president was kind of hard to understand. He started out OK but quickly began mumbling, to the point that he became indecipherable.
“And we brought Israelis and Palestinians together at a political level. And the uh, at the uh, and uh, [unintelligible]. And uh, as I uh, [unintelligible], affirmed to Prime Minister Netanyahu yesterday,” he said.
After playing the clip, MacCallum then questioned Kirby about it.
“John, this got a lot of attention. It got picked up in a lot of places. Why is it so hard to understand what the president is trying to say there?” she said.
In response, Kirby claimed everything was hunky-dory.
“I think he was very, very clear, Martha. First of all, our commitment to Israel’s security is ironclad. Not gonna change. That doesn’t mean that we don’t have concerns — he doesn’t have concerns. He’s expressed those about the significant changes that are afoot in the democratic institutions inside Israel, and the president spoke about that honestly with the prime minister and with the president of Israel,” he said.
“But Israel is a deep and secure partner and friend in the region. And we’re gonna do everything we can to make sure that they can continue to defend themselves,” he added.
Kirby managed to get all that from the president’s mumbling?
MacCallum then pushed back slightly — though not nearly as toughly as some had hoped.
“So, you didn’t think there was any problem to communicate there? You didn’t have any difficulty understanding what he was trying to say?” she asked.
“The president was very clear in that clip, and he’s been very clear publicly and privately with Israeli leaders about what we’re trying to do here,” Kirby responded.
And that was that …
Critics, meanwhile, pushed back harshly by essentially accusing Kirby of being full of it:
This is same man who did not see any chaos in the Afghanistan withdrawal debacle.
— Shawn Hairston (@JetJacket) July 20, 2023
Followup question would be to play the mumbly bits again and to tell this John Kirby clown to please quote what he just heard Joe Biden say verbatim since he claims it was ‘very clear”.
— GnarlyRedDwarf (@GnarlyRedDwarf) July 20, 2023
I’ll say this, the Democrats will not stray.
Even when presented with the evidence directly…nope, nothing to see here.
When they sell out, boy they sell out.
— SmirKing Revenge (@InvisibleHand78) July 20, 2023
Apparently Kirby is fluent in Bidenese, a language scientists believe is only understood among members of the basement dwelling mid-wit gaffer tribe known for their lack of skills and integrity.
— NoBrakes (@twolanerodeo) July 20, 2023
Kirby made $659,983 in total compensation in 2021. $365,000 was received as a salary, $73,000 was received as a bonus, $182,575 was received in stock options, $0 was awarded as stock & $39,408 came from other types of compensation.
He’ll say anything for the almighty $1.
— unvaxxed survivor (@dsd8100) July 20, 2023
— John Nero (@realjohnnynero) July 20, 2023
Notice how one Twitter user suggested MacCallum should have followed up by having Kirby repeat Biden’s words back to her verbatim. It’s not clear why she didn’t push back like this and instead essentially let Kirby off the hook.
The good news is that not everybody is in such deep denial about the president’s inability to speak coherently. Even The New York Times fessed up to it in a report published during the 2020 presidential election.
“Six months into his presidential campaign, Mr. Biden is still delivering uneven performances on the debate stage and on the campaign trail in ways that can undermine his message. He takes circuitous routes to the ends of sentences, if he finishes them at all,” the report reads.
“He sometimes says the opposite of what he means (‘I would eliminate the capital gains tax — I would raise the capital gains tax’ he said in this month’s debate). He has mixed up countries, cities and dates, embarked on off-message asides and sometimes he simply cuts himself off,” the report continued.
Some leftists have tried to blame this inability to speak on Biden’s stuttering, but he himself dismissed this theory back in 2019.
“I don’t think of myself as continuing to stutter. … That doesn’t cross my mind that I’m stuttering. Look, the mistakes I make are mistakes. And some people think I still stutter. I don’t think of myself that way,” he said at the time in an Axios interview.
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