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‘I Am A Gaffe Machine’: Biden And Harris Can’t Help But Embarrass Americans

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Mary Rooke Commentary and Analysis Writer
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Making fun of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris is easy due to the sheer volume of material these two deliver in gaffes, stumbles and awkward pauses.

While Harris is not likely to admit she is prone to embarrassing moments and curious comments, Biden admitted he would struggle not to fumble his words.

“I am a gaffe machine,” Biden told Bruce Feiler while at the University of Montana for his 2020 book tour.

Biden: “Repeat The Line”

In a July 8 speech advocating to codify Roe v. Wade, Biden, flanked by Harris and Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, read two cues from the teleprompter: “end of quote” and “repeat the line.”

The scripted lines were seemingly meant to be a direction for him rather than something the president was supposed to say out loud. (RELATED: Does Biden Have Cognitive Decline? Joe Then Vs. Joe Now)

It is possible that White House assistant press secretary Emelie Simons knew how embarrassing it would be for the administration if Biden fumbled on his pro-abortion speech. She defended Biden, saying that the president didn’t actually read the teleprompter instructions out loud as Price reported.

“No. He said, ‘let me repeat that line,'” Simons tweeted in defense of the president.

In addition to Simons’ social media defense, the White House appeared to clean up Biden’s gaffe by changing the official transcript to include Simons’ version of Biden’s remarks: “Let me repeat the line.” This, despite the video showing Biden mechanically following the teleprompter’s instructions, not emphasizing the line.

Harris: “Believe, Believed, Believe”

CBS News’s Robert Costa interviewed Harris on July 8 after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Costa asked the vice president if she felt previous elected Democrats “failed” when they didn’t codify Roe v. Wade.

“I think that to be very honest with you, I do believe that we should have rightly believed, but we certainly believe that certain issues are just settled. Certain issues are just settled,” Harris told Costa.

Writer Ashley Feinberg laughed in a tweet on July 8 that her “favorite part” of Harris’ remarks was the sound of her voice. (RELATED: ‘I Was Embarrassed’: Democratic Strategist Calls Kamala Harris’ Performance In Europe ‘Tragic’)

“My favorite part is the octave drop at ‘to be very honest with you’ like she’s signaling: hey folks, i’m about to get fuckin real—and then just go directly into ‘i believe that beliefs we believed should have been believed long before we ever bel,” Feinberg tweeted.

Biden: “Terminate The Presidency”

During Biden’s remarks on abortion, he repeated an unverified claim that a 10-year-old Ohio girl was forced to travel to Indiana to have an abortion when the Supreme Court decision triggered a state law that meant abortion became illegal in Ohio.

Instead of ending the baby’s life, Biden claimed the girl was ending “the presidency.” (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Clinic Funded By Biden Administration Distributes Crack Pipes To Addicts Outside A ‘School’)

“Just last week, it was reported that a 10-year-old girl was a rape victim in Ohio — 10 years old — and she was forced to have to travel out of the state to Indiana to seek to terminate the presidency and maybe save her life,” Biden said.

Republican Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert and Conservative host CJ Person jokingly asked if it would be possible to end Biden’s presidency now that he made the Freudian slip.

“We need to terminate this Presidency. End quote. Repeat the line,” tweeted Boebert.

“Can Joe terminate his presidency, as well?” tweeted Person.

Harris: “Seriously” Hard Time Following

Harris visited Highland Park, Illinois, on July 5, following the mass shooting at the Independence Day parade that killed seven and injured over 30.

She was there to speak to a mourning town but managed to shift attention from the tragedy toward her puzzling comments.

“We’ve got to take this stuff seriously, as seriously as you are, because you have been forced to take this seriously,” Harris said in Highland Park. “The whole nation should understand and have a level of empathy to understand that this could happen anywhere [to] any people in any community.”

Writer Ashley Reese tweeted that Harris’ Highland Park speech was so “incoherent” that it confused her and left her questioning if Harris had always been a gaffe machine or whether it was a recent issue.

“Okay, she did not always sound this incoherent when put on the spot, right? Am I misremembering? It’s getting Weird,” tweeted Reese. “Yeah I’m trying to think back to the debates even and like…she was usually pretty sharp? I know this is different but still, her behavior in interviews and during speeches lately feels really off.”

Biden: “1918” High School Shooting

During Biden’s Monday speech touting gun control, he said the tragic mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, happened over 100 years ago.

“Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, 1918, 17 dead, 17 injured,” Biden said Monday. The shooting took place on Feb. 14, 2018.

Andrew Pollack, a school safety activist who wrote a book about the death of his daughter Meadow during the Parkland shooting, jabbed at Biden’s mental health in a tweet responding to Biden’s comments.

“Joe Biden is a failing ‘President’ with a 30% approval rating,” Pollack tweeted. “Joe Biden doesn’t even know what century he is in.”