According to the Washington Examiner, President Joe Biden has left many puzzled with an off-script remark that he made during a recent speech.
Biden made the remark on Friday, during the speech that he gave at the National Education Association headquarters in Washington D.C. The association is the largest teachers union in America.
At this point in his speech, Biden was talking about climate change, saying, “and everybody found out, there’s not a lot of total climate deniers anymore after they’ve seen what happened this year. But guess what, we got a lot to do.”
That’s when Biden went off-script.
“She was 12. I was 30.”
Apparently, what interrupted Biden’s attention was an individual that he saw in the crowd.
Biden stopped his speech, pointed at someone in the crowd, and in a low voice, said, “you gotta say hi to me.” The crowd laughed.
“We go back a long way,” Biden continued. “She was 12, I was 30. But anyway, this woman helped me get an awful lot done.”
The crowd, once again, laughed.
Exactly what the crowd was laughing at, here, is perhaps as puzzling as anything. But, no one has any idea what Biden is talking about. We don’t know the identity of the individual, we don’t know how, when she was 12, she helped a 30-year-old Biden, and we don’t even know if Biden actually pointed to a real person.
Without further explanation, it is a troubling statement to make considering Biden’s history. As the New York Post reports:
Biden’s historical habit of touching and smelling women and girls in public — often yielding on-camera grimaces from recipients — earned him the Republican nickname “Creepy Joe,” though he has rarely committed such actions in public since apologizing in 2019 to women who said he made them uncomfortable with unwanted physical contact.
Accordingly, it wasn’t surprising that many on social media responded to Biden’s comment by using the “creepy Joe” hashtag. Conservative commentator Kyle Becker emphasized that Biden’s remark “is just plain creepy.”
At the time of this writing, neither Biden nor the White House has provided any explanation as to what Biden was talking about.