Biden stumbles through Medal of Honor ceremony, mispronounces soldier’s name

President Joe Biden awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor on Thursday to three members of the U.S. Army — two of whom were honored posthumously — for their heroic actions during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Unfortunately, the prestigious and solemn ceremony was marred by several mistakes on the part of the commander-in-chief. According to the Washington Examiner, the ceremony went off the rails as Biden stumbled over his words and mispronounced one of the soldiers’ names.

The narrator of the event even mistakenly referred to the living recipient of the award as a posthumous recipient, the Examiner noted.

Biden repeatedly stumbles

The Medal of Honor presentation ceremony was held in the East Room of the White House, where President Biden was joined by a number of honored guests, including the families of late Sergeant First Class Alwyn Cashe, late Sergeant First Class Christopher Celiz, and Master Sergeant Earl Plumlee.

A tired-looking Biden slowly stumbled through his prepared remarks. “Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude today as we honor the unparalleled courage and commitment to duty and the indispensable — indisputable gallantry and intrep– — you know, it’s just hard to explain where your soldiers got the courage they got,” he said.

While introducing other prominent military guests, the president said:

I want to thank all of our distinguished guests that are here today: the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs; the Secretary of the — of the — Secretary Austin; the Enlisted Advisor Chairman, Colón-López; and the leaders of the United States Army; and the Vice President of the United States and the Second Gentlemen. And I’m Jill’s husband. Jill is here.

Numerous mistakes made

Biden then shared the heroic deeds of Sgt. First Class Alwyn Cashe, who died of severe burns sustained when he repeatedly re-entered a flaming Bradley Fighting Vehicle blown up by an improvised explosive device to help save fellow soldiers under his command. Just prior, Biden had mispronounced the soldier’s name as “Alwyn Chase.”

Biden also stumbled over his words a few times while describing the gallantry of Sgt. 1st Class Chris Celiz, who had suffered a mortal wound while using his own body to shield a wounded man under his command before he could be evacuated. According to the Examiner, Celiz waved away the medevac helicopter, refusing to get on himself to save time as the aircraft faced heavy fire.

The president also had some trouble speaking about the bravery of then-Staff Sgt. Earl Plumlee, who had defended a base in Afghanistan from a concerted insurgent suicide attack — at times using only a handgun — and had ignored his own injuries and safety to protect other wounded men and resecure the base.

It wasn’t only Biden who made mistakes during the ceremony; the military aide who formally read aloud the official citations mistakenly referred to the medal for Plumlee as being awarded “posthumously” when the veteran soldier was standing right beside the president, the Examiner noted.

It’s clear these heroes deserved better than what they got from the Biden White House.

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