White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre's self-esteem evidently was dealt a greater blow than some may have expected after she was taken to task for referring to America's NORAD partner and neighbor as "Canadia" over the weekend.
When asked days later about President Joe Biden's ability to functionally convey information in different settings, Jean-Pierre suggested that not only was Biden adept, but "the best communicator that we have in the White House."
Jean-Pierre's straight-faced response has elicited smiles and mockery online.
The great communicator
Newsmax reporter James Rosen stated during the White House press briefing on Tuesday, "There's obviously a variety of [communication] settings the president can employ: set pieces, impromptu remarks, teleprompter, no teleprompter, et cetera, et cetera."
Rosen then asked Jean-Pierre, "Is it the view of the president's communications team that he is equally adept in all settings in terms of communications? Or are there some that play to greater strengths or some where he probably isn't as strong, et cetera?"
Jean-Pierre leaned in with her answer: "I will tell you this: The president is the best communicator that we have in the White House."
Many online mocked the press secretary over her suggestion, with some referencing instances from Biden's lengthy history of plagiarized speeches, gaffes, bouts of incoherence, and apparent memory lapses.
Townhall columnist Brad Slager tweeted, "Good for her - the first step is admitting you have a problem."
Steve Guest, special adviser for communications for Republican Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), tweeted, "The guy can’t utter coherent sentences on a regular basis… but at least he hasn’t called Canada 'Canadia.'"
Jimmy Failla wrote, "KJP says Joe Biden is the best communicator in the White House. And apparently Hunter is the most sober person in the White House."
RNC Research, a Twitter account managed by the Republican National Committee, posted a compilation of Biden's past efforts to communicate, effectively calling into doubt the press secretary's claim:
TheBlaze has previously reported on a number of instances that would serve to indict Biden's competition in the White House were Jean-Pierre's statement true. Here are a few:
- In a December speech to U.S. veterans in New Castle, Delaware, Biden confused his wife's father for her grandfather, made an implausible claim about how his uncle was awarded the Purple Heart, and told tall tales about how many trips he had made to Iraq and Afghanistan, all before saying, "I may be Irish, but I'm not stupid."
- Biden told Democrat supporters during a November rally in San Diego that "we're gonna free Iran," reportedly negating weeks of work by U.S. officials to carefully counter the Iranian regime's narrative that America was steering the Persian protests.
- Biden addressed an audience member during a speech at the National Education Association headquarters in Washington, D.C., in September, saying, "We go back a long way. She was 12, I was 30, but anyway." The comment was met with applause, but it prompted some to mull over the president's meaning.
- In a November stump speech, Biden confused the Russian war with Ukraine with the U.S. war in Iraq and then falsely claimed his son died in the Iraq War.
- During a July speech in Massachusetts on the theme of throwing taxpayer money at the specter of global warming, Biden suggested he had cancer — a claim the White House later had to walk back.
- Biden also bungled his words while giving a July speech in Israel, saying we must "keep alive the truth and honor of the Holocaust."
- Prior to his Holocaust remarks and cancer claim, Biden had made the error of reading a silent cue off a teleprompter script, saying "read the line" aloud.
- In another instance, Biden got the facts right, but handled them poorly. He offered condolences to the family of Matt Susz, the former chief financial officer of Joann Fabric and Craft Stores, in June thusly: "By the way, my sympathies to your – the family of your CFO, who dropped dead very unexpectedly."
- Biden risked an international provocation in March, when he implied in remarks to U.S. soldiers in Poland that they were headed into Ukraine.
While the White House's alleged "best communicator" has had some verbal setbacks in recent months, none were perhaps so glaring as his attempt to sum up America with a single word:
Joe Biden fumbles, describes America in single word as "ASUFUTIMAEHAEHFUTBW"; Video goes viralyoutu.be
Some online commentators suggested Jean-Pierre might be correct after all in her assertion that Biden is the best communicator in the White House.
Jimtreacher.substack.com wrote, "The hell of it is... she's right!"
Washington Examiner columnist T. Becket Adams tweeted, "Compared to Buttigieg (McKinsey speak), Kamala (Predictive Text speak), and the actual WH spokeswoman herself (*Loading Text*), this ... this is a true statement. Biden actually is the best communicator the WH has to offer. Oh God."
Biden's competition may be less than fierce, given that Vice President Kamala Harris has also had her share of gaffes and communication issues.
Jacquelyn Bettadapur, longtime leader of Georgia's Cobb County Democrats, recently told the Washington Post that Harris is "not [that] adept as a communicator."
Harris' aptitude as a communicator has been questioned on multiple occasions, such as in response to her March 2022 speech in Sunset, Louisiana, during which she tried to wax poetic about the "passage of time":
Kamala Harris Repeatedly Brings Up "The Significance Of The Passage Of Time"youtu.be
On January 31, Harris was ridiculed for her speech at an event honoring former NASA astronauts, which some regarded as infantilizing, seen here:
During a CBS News interview last year, Harris was asked whether Democrats had failed in not codifying Roe v. Wade.
Harris replied, "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."
TheBlaze previously reported that Harris's borderline incoherent response was met with mockery.
Former digital media adviser to Hillary Clinton Peter Daou: "WHAT IS SHE SAYING?"
Radio host Clay Travis: "How is it possible that Kamala Harris is this bad at public speaking?"
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