President Joe Biden, the 46th and oldest president to be sworn in, has long come under fire for his public blunders.
Representing the United States at international visits and events, American citizens and politicians have expressed frustration at the frequency of its gaffes.
While the White House has defended the president, insisting he is both mentally and physically healthy, criticism continues.
Here’s a look at some of Biden’s most embarrassing gaffes, blunders, and blunders of 2022.
March 1 – Says Iranian people instead of Ukrainian
During his State of the Union address in March, Biden made the mistake of confusing the people of Iran with those of Ukraine in a moment that quickly went viral.
Biden tried to draw attention to the recent invasion of Ukraine and offer his Sympathy for the Ukrainians.
Biden said: “Putin may encircle Kyiv with tanks, but he will never win the hearts and souls of the Iranian people. He will never erase her love of freedom. He will never weaken the resolve of the free world.”
8 July – Read teleprompter instructions aloud
The president was mocked in July after screwing up his lines and reading teleprompter instructions aloud during a speech.
Biden was speaking at the White House about protecting women’s reproductive rights and the importance of voting when he made the slip.
“It is noteworthy that the percentage of women who register to vote and cast a vote is consistently higher than the percentage of men who do – end of quote, repeat the line. Women are not without electoral and, or, political – let’s be precise: not and, or – or political power”, Biden said during his address.
The teleprompter had instructed him to repeat the line: “Women are not without electoral or political power.”
This mistake led to the president being ridiculed on Twitter, with some commenters claiming he was unfit to lead the country.
July 15 – Punching of the Saudi crown prince
Biden’s faux pas in July may have been less of a mistake and more of a social faux pas that led to significant criticism of the president.
His decision to punch Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a trip to Jeddah was described as “shameful”.
Their meeting was widely condemned as the crown prince has long been accused of ordering the assassination Washington Post Journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian dissident, was killed on October 2, 2018. The CIA conducted its own investigation into the matter and concluded that he was assassinated by Saudi government agents at their consulate in Istanbul.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Biden had moved to banging his fist at world leaders instead of greeting them with the traditional handshake to reduce physical contact.
After images of the fist bump began circulating online, the CEO said Washington PostFred Ryan released a statement.
“The fist punch between President Biden and Mohammed bin Salman was worse than a handshake — it was shameful.
“It projected a level of intimacy and comfort that offers MBS the unjustified redemption he’s been desperate for.”
September 28 – Forgets death of Republican legislature
A mistake by Biden in late September would prove awkward.
During a speech at a White House conference on hunger, nutrition and health, the President called out to Rep. Jackie Walorski.
biden asked if she was at the event during his speech, when she had helped organize, and looked at the audience, apparently forgetting that the Indiana lawmaker had died in a car accident the previous month.
Biden was criticized online for the mistake, but some defended the president, suggesting he may have expressed himself wrongly and wanted to call another politician.
October 20 – Leaves the stage the wrong way
During a speech Biden delivered at a rally in Pittsburgh while campaigning for Pennsylvania Democratic Senator hopeful John Fetterman, he appeared confused as he attempted to exit a stage.
After completing his speech, Biden turned right and took a few steps away from the podium before beginning to speak to someone unseen.
Then he turned the other way and finally did a 180 degree turn left.
He then pointed his finger forward and walked off the stage, much to the amusement of social media users.
Biden critics used this moment as an opportunity to question his sanity, with even those who regularly support the Democratic leader admit it was an awkward moment.
October 24 – Calls Kamala Harris a “great President”
Speaking at the White House during an event marking the Hindu festival of Diwali in October, Biden made a slip involving Vice President Kamala Harris.
While wishing her a happy birthday, which she celebrated earlier this week, he incorrectly referred to her as President and not Vice President.
This wasn’t the first time Biden referred to Harris as the president during a speech, pointing out a detail again and again on social media.
When he spoke about the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2021, he also made the mistake.
“Not long ago, when President Harris and I took a virtual tour of a vaccination center in Arizona, one of the nurses on that tour who was injecting people and giving shots said that every injection was like giving a dose of hope,” he said .
October 28 – Says US has 54 states
Biden made another mistake while campaigning for US Senator John Fetterman of Pennsylvania in late October.
The President caused confusion and laughter when he said the US has 54 states instead of 50 when discussing the Affordable Care Act.
Biden said, “And of course [the Republicans are] I’ll try for the 499th time, or whatever the number is. They are still determined to abolish the Affordable Care Act.
“And by the way if they do it means no joke for everyone so that’s why we beat it in 2018 when they tried. We’ve been to 54 states.
“The reason is that people didn’t realize that the only reason someone with a pre-existing condition can get medical care is because of the Affordable Care Act.”
The video quickly went viral, racking up 1.7 million views on Twitter within days.
12 November – ASEAN Summit begins by misrepresenting the host country
Biden began a trip to Southeast Asia with a blunder that led to much glee on Nov. 12.
During a speech in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, he got it wrong referred to the Prime Minister of Colombiainstead of Cambodia when trying to thank the summit hosts.
As a South American nation, Colombia is not a member of ASEAN and has a president rather than a prime minister.
This wasn’t the first time Biden had been confused Cambodia and Colombia.
Earlier that week, speaking to reporters at the White House, the President said: “Anyway, folks, I’m going to Cairo first to do the environmental efforts [COP27]then over to Colombia and then – I mean, Cambodia.”
Despite repeated mistakes during his presidency, the White House clarified Biden’s statements in subsequent press conferences and spoke of his competence.
The White House doctor, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, in a November 2021 memo, wrote that Biden remains a “healthy, vigorous 78-year-old man capable of successfully discharging the duties of the Presidency.”
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