President Biden tried to make a joke about his memory during a speech in Washington, D.C., on Monday, and appeared to criticize Special Counsel Robert Hoare’s report.
In his speech at the National Association of Counties’ Legislative Conference, Biden spoke about the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which he credits with allowing his administration to continue “to make the largest investment in climate change ever anywhere in the entire world.”
“After devastating floods, hurricanes, wildfires, and tornadoes, we will continue to work together to respond, rebuild, and strengthen resilience to extreme weather. My administration is also helping to install rooftop solar to build a nationwide network of electric vehicle charging stations for,” Biden said, referring to the venue. whose family moved to Delaware during the early 1950s: “We are revitalizing fence-line communities choked by the legacy of pollution like where I lived in Claymont.”
“We are promoting clean energy in the industries of the future made here in America. Made in America,” he said during his move.
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“What I didn’t realize, and I was there, I know it doesn’t seem like it, but I’ve been around for a while. I actually remember that,” Biden said, amid laughter and applause.
The joke was somewhat undercut when Biden concluded his speech — then added an interjection at the end admitting “I forgot something” before making a final comment.
In building his argument for why no charges would be recommended following the investigation into Biden’s mishandling of classified documents, Hoare, appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland, explained in part that Biden’s defense of any potential charges might be as follows: “Mr. Biden is likely to file “He presented himself to the jury, as he did during our interview, as a sympathetic, well-meaning old man with a weak memory.”
The report cited examples in which investigators said the president’s memory had been lost, including the death of his eldest son, Beau.
Biden’s age and mental fitness were already a concern for voters.
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During his speech, Biden also criticized his 2024 rival, former President Trump, and Republicans for opposing a $118 billion supplemental spending agreement that includes aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, as well as an ambitious border security and immigration package. The border package has drawn widespread opposition from conservative Republicans in both chambers since its release just days ago. The Senate voted against the supplemental proposal by 50 votes to 49 on Wednesday. It needed 60 votes to pass.
The vote was mostly along party lines, with the exception of five Democrats who voted “no” and four Republicans who voted “yes.”
“Some of my friends are extreme Republicans — and by the way, this is not your father’s Republican Party… I’m not taking on all Republicans. I really mean that. MAGA Republicans, they’re a minority, but they’re a powerful minority. They’re out and they’ve killed the deal,” Biden said on Monday. My predecessor said he didn’t like it. It was a loss for him. “We have to end the political games, people.”
The president also declared a victory for the economy.
“We clearly have the strongest economy in the world. Nearly 15 million new jobs since I took office,” Biden said. “The longest period has been below 4% in 50 years. Growth is strong. Wages are rising, and inflation is low. In fact, costs have fallen on everything from a gallon of gas to a gallon of milk. We know prices are still low.” “So high because of what I call predatory inflation and deflationary inflation,” he said, referring to companies charging the same amount for a product while reducing the quantity. “I call on companies to pass on their savings to consumers, for God’s sake. “We are making real progress.”
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Biden added, “The Washington Post’s recent headline summed it up,” citing the newspaper’s story titled, “Lower inflation and higher growth give the United States the best recovery in the world.”
“Best recovery in the world!” Biden said. “That’s because you did what we did. You succeeded.”