Another day, another gaffe made by President Joe Biden before a major world leader. What else is new?
While meeting with United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday, Biden told one of his favorite stories about one of his favorite topics: Amtrak.
It wasn’t a particularly noteworthy moment as far as banal chatter between foreign leaders goes, except for one, small problem.
While meeting with Johnson in the Oval Office, Biden told Johnson he’d heard he had traveled to the White House on Amtrak, which Johnson confirmed that he had.
Biden happily proceeded to tell a story “that has nothing to do with anything,” although, of course, it had to do with Amtrak, and it was clear Biden had brought up Johnson’s means of travel for the sake of telling his amusing anecdote.
“When I was vice president, the Secret Service didn’t like me traveling on Amtrak because there were too many options for people to cause trouble along the way. But I insisted I do it,” he continued.
He went on to explain that once, the papers had run a headline that he had traveled over 1,350,000 miles on Air Force Two.
“So I’m walking up to get on the train on that Friday and a guy, who was the number three guy from New Jersey on seniority as a conductor, walked up to me and grabbed me and goes like this, ‘Joey baby!’ and grabs my face. I thought the Secret Service was going to shoot him and I said no, no, he’s a friend,” Biden continued as the media pool laughed.
He explained that the man had apparently seen the headline about his mileage on Air Force Two and asked him, “Do you know how many miles you’ve traveled on Amtrak,” reminding the then-vice president that the two of them had “worked it out” at “the retirement dinner,” presumably referring to the former conductor’s.
“You’ve traveled over 2 million miles, big deal!” the man then reportedly told him after explaining the figure, based on the number of trips he would have taken during his 36 years in the Senate and “x number of years” as vice president, as Biden apparently couldn’t be bothered to remember how many years he’d been serving as VP at the time.
In fact, there’s a lot more about this story that Biden seems to have gotten wrong, as the New York Post detailed Tuesday.
He’s told this story twice before, previously identifying the man as one Angelo Negri, who sadly passed away in 2014 … which happens to have been a full two years before Biden passed the 1.3 million mileage mark on Air Force Two, which he reportedly did in 2016.
In his telling of the story in May at the 50th anniversary of Amtrak, that version included a living Negri who specifically mentioned that Biden had traveled “1.3 million miles” on the vice-presidential aircraft, which he said at the time had been toward the end of his term. So in previous retellings, Biden seems to have been fully aware of the timeframe of his story.
In the Tuesday version, Biden also said that Negri had told him he traveled over 2 million miles on Amtrak; back in May, it was just 1.5 million miles.
As for “the retirement dinner,” it’s unclear what on earth the apparently imaginary Negri was referring to, but the real Negri retired in 1993, so if the two had calculated Biden’s mileage on the rails of Amtrak upon his retirement, it wouldn’t have included calculations of 36 years in the Senate nor his years serving as vice president.
There’s no telling if Johnson, who politely laughed before graciously returning the dialogue to the sorts of things that dignified heads of state usually say to each other, knew if Biden’s story didn’t add up, but the members of the media who were present certainly should have.
The story has been the subject of more than one fact-check, including from CNN, which reported in June that Biden “keeps telling” the debunked story as he has done since early on in his 2020 presidential campaign.
“Biden was friends with the Amtrak conductor at the center of the story, Angelo Negri. But Negri had been dead for more than a year — and had been retired for more than two decades — before the earliest moment they could conceivably have had the supposed conversation Biden keeps describing,” the fact-check succinctly stated.
While it’s not the first remarkable fib Biden’s told — he’s had to admit he never got arrested in South Africa while trying to meet Nelson Mandela, and the White House had to confirm he never visited the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh after a deadly shooting in 2018 — what adds a very conspicuous layer of weirdness to this story is to consider why he keeps telling it.
He’s already been known as “Amtrak Joe” for decades and there’s certainly no living politician who is more famous for their train travels than our current president, so the story doesn’t exactly lend anything to his already formidable reputation as a high-profile Amtrak passenger.
It’s not like Biden is the first elderly person to tell a slightly unbelievable story on more than one occasion — but Biden, of course, is not your average elderly person.
He’s the leader of the free world.
Yet more and more, the evidence of senility seems to outweigh any indication of strong leadership.
We were routinely told when former President Donald Trump was in office that he was mentally unstable and a liar and needed to be removed from office as he was posing an existential threat to our country and the world as a whole.
Yet now we have a president who tells debunked stories over and over again in addition to routinely getting confused, lost and worrying that he’ll get in trouble with his handlers?
This man is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the United States military and leader of the full breadth of our national and global security and intelligence forces.
If the office of the presidency is so important that Trump’s mean tweets were putting the entire global community at risk, what are we supposed to think with a man like Biden in office?
Source: The Western Journal
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Biden’s Approval Rating Just Hit Yet Another All-Time Low
President Joe Biden’s approval rating has tumbled down once again, with a majority of Americans now disapproving of the job he’s doing as the nation’s commander in chief, according to a September poll by Gallup.
Since, August Biden has witnessed his job approval rating fall by 6 percentage points to 43 percent, according to a report by Gallup.
“For the first time, a majority, 53%, now disapproves of Biden’s performance,” Gallup reported.
The pollster described the fall in Biden’s job approval rating as the “second significant decline” in Biden’s approval numbers since around June. Biden’s approval had hovered around 55 percent before July, when it fell to 50 percent.
Gallup noted that the most significant decline in people’s approval of Biden’s work came from the independents.
“Biden’s current 37% approval rating among independents is his lowest to date and 24 points below his personal high of 61%. Two-thirds of Biden’s slide among independents since he took office has occurred in the past three months,” Gallup reported.
As for Democrats, their approval of Biden has not moved by over 8 points since his inauguration. Nonetheless, the numbers for this month are the lowest approval ratings from Democrats that Biden has seen so far in his presidency.
“[Democrats’] highest rating of Biden was 98% in late January/early February, and their lowest is the current 90%,” Gallup reported.
As for Republicans, the company reported that their approval of Biden’s work has been “similarly stable at the other extreme, ranging from 12% in February and July to 6% this month.”
“Except for Donald Trump, every U.S. president since Harry Truman has enjoyed a honeymoon period characterized by above-average approval ratings upon taking office,” Gallup reported.
“Biden’s recent slides in approval put him in the company of Trump and Bill Clinton, whose ratings were at or below Biden’s current 43% at some point in the first eight months of their presidencies.”
Gallup derived these results from telephone interviews conducted between Sept. 1 and 17. The company used a random sample of “1,005 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.”
“For results based on the total sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. All reported margins of sampling error include computed design effects for weighting.”
The weeks before the poll witnessed a chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan mismanaged by the Biden administration. Thirteen U.S. service members were killed by Islamic State terrorists in the last few days of the withdrawal.
Furthermore, the Biden administration slaughtered an innocent family toward the end of the withdrawal, taking out 10 people, including seven children.
Members of the Biden administration went so far as to claim the killing of the family was a “righteous strike” against ISIS-K terrorists until a damning New York Times report disproved the Biden administration’s claims and revealed that the people the Biden administration killed that day were not ISIS-K terrorists but an aid worker and nine of his family members.
During the time the poll was taken, COVID-19 infections were also surging due to the delta variant, Gallup noted, and the Biden administration kept pushing restrictions in the name of curbing the spread of the virus.
Source: The Western Journal