Biden forgets defense secretary’s name during White House event

President Joe Biden, the self-styled “gaffe machine,” is at it again.

The Washington Examiner reported that Biden experienced yet another verbal failure at a recent event at the White House. 

What did he do?

The incident occurred Monday at a White House event that was held for the promotion of two female military aviators to four-star commands, Air Force Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost and Army Lt. Gen Laura Richardson.

The gaffe came when the 78-year-old president couldn’t seem to remember how to refer to his secretary of defense, Lloyd Austin, who was present at the event.

“I want to thank Sec-, the former general, I keep calling him ‘General.’ My — the guy who runs that outfit over there,” Biden said at one point during his remarks.

He then added, “I want to make sure we thank the secretary for all he’s done.”

According to the Examiner, Biden had already thanked Austin earlier in his comments, as well.

Biden kept away

Biden’s campaign for the 2020 presidential election was punctuated by gaffes and he has carried this tendency over into his presidency. As noted by the Examiner, in his opening remarks to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last month, Biden mixed up Canada and China before correcting himself.

His frequent gaffes have led to a number of problems for his team, and it appears to be a major reason why, before becoming president, Biden did not do a whole lot of campaigning. Instead, he participated in what appeared to be carefully selected and controlled situations, including scripted interviews and audience plants.

Biden and his team have now carried this strategy over into his presidency.

The administration has received much criticism for the fact that Biden has gone over a month without holding a solo press conference. In response, the White House has mostly deflected. However, it was announced that on Thursday Biden will hold a press conference to “commemorate” the anniversary of the coronavirus shutdowns, Breitbart reported.

But, as a whole, the Biden team’s strategy has become clear: keep the “gaffe machine” away from the cameras. You just never know what he could say.

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