Social media erupted Monday after President Biden botched a joke that appeared to target young voters because of their unparalleled enthusiasm for the aforementioned pop stars.
Biden, who was celebrating his 81st birthday during the annual White House turkey pardon, appeared to mix Taylor Swift and Beyoncé, while also appearing to include another famous singer into the mix.
“Now, just to get here, Liberty and Bell had to overcome some tough odds in the competition. They had to work hard, be patient, and be willing to travel over 1,000 miles,” Biden said, before trying to compare turkeys that travel to Turkey. . DC for a ticket to a concert – although it’s unclear what successful tour he intended to refer to. “You could say it’s harder than getting a ticket for the Renaissance tour or, or Britney’s tour, she’s in bad shape. It’s kind of warm in Brazil right now.”
“This is an impeachable offense,” Jack Bandol, communications director for NRCC, wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter, joking about Biden’s blunder.
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“What is Biden talking about?” The Republican National Committee’s research account was published alongside a clip of the remarks.
Biden appeared to compare Beyoncé’s “Renaissance World Tour” or Taylor Swift’s “ERAS Tour” — as he initially said “Renaissance” but then suddenly started talking about the weather in Brazil, where Swift’s last show was held. The president also mentioned the name “Britney” in his attempt at a joke, which some Twitter users translated as Britney Spears.
“81-year-old Joe Biden is trying not to look old, mixing Beyonce with Taylor Swift and Britney Spears,” said Clay Travis, founder of OutKick.
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“Grandpa Joe is trying to be edgy and excited again,” another user wrote.
“Words cannot describe the experience of seeing the leader of the free world ‘pardon’ a big bird,” another user wrote. “Biden tried to make a joke about Taylor Swift (something about how far turkeys traveled to get to Washington), but he severely defamed her, calling her ‘Britney.’
Other users highlighted that the president is 81 years old.
“Joe Biden has no idea what he’s talking about. He tries to make a joke about how hard it is to get tickets to see Beyoncé but calls her ‘Brittany.'” “Then he follows up that gaffe by confusing Beyoncé (Brittany) with Taylor Swift,” Citizen Free Press said. He turned 81 today.”
Biden said Monday’s event was “the unofficial start of the holiday season” and was a time to “share joy, gratitude and a little fun.”
“This is the 76th anniversary of this event,” Biden said, criticizing his age. “And I want you to know, I was not there, the first.” He went on to say that Americans “will reunite with the people we love and the traditions each of us has built in our families” this week.
Biden’s comment comes after an NBC News poll showed former President Donald Trump leading Biden in a hypothetical 2024 matchup.
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Former Obama adviser David Axelrod warned earlier this month that Biden’s “age issue” was a constant in the polls, and said it was “the one thing” the Biden team could not “reverse.”
“The only number in the poll that was concerning, and in the CNN poll that followed the New York Times poll, was about age, and that’s something you can’t reverse no matter how effective Joe Biden is behind the election.” “The scenes,” Axelrod said. “On camera, what he shows makes people nervous, and that’s worrying.”