President Biden tried a joke about his reminiscence throughout a speech in Washington, D.C., Monday, seemingly taking a jab at Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report.
Delivering remarks on the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference, Biden spoke about his bipartisan infrastructure legislation, which he credit for permitting his administration to proceed “making the biggest investment in climate change ever anywhere in the entire world.”
“After devastating floods, tornadoes, wildfires and hurricane, we’re going to keep working together to respond, to rebuild and boost resilience to extreme weather. My administration is also helping install rooftop solar to build a national network of electric vehicle charging stations for revitalizing fenceline communities smothered by the legacy of pollution like where I lived in Claymont,” Biden mentioned, referring to the place his household moved in Delaware in the course of the early Fifties.
“We’re promoting clean energy in industries of the future made here in America. Made in America,” he mentioned whereas transitioning.
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“What I didn’t realize, and I’ve been around, I know it don’t look like it, but I’ve been around a while. I do remember that,” Biden mentioned, garnering laughter and applause.
The joke was considerably undercut by Biden concluding the speech – after which including an interjection on the finish, admitting, “I forgot something,” earlier than making a ultimate remark.
In constructing his argument for why no prices have been really useful following an investigation into Biden’s mishandling of labeled paperwork, Hur, who was appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland, detailed partly that Biden’s protection of any potential prices might presumably be that, “Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.”
The report cited examples when investigators mentioned the president’s reminiscence lapsed, together with over when his older son Beau had died.
Biden’s age and psychological health have already been a priority for voters.
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During his speech, Biden additionally criticized his 2024 rival, former President Trump, and Republicans for opposing a $118 billion supplemental spending settlement that included help for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, in addition to an formidable border safety and immigration package deal. The border package deal drew widespread opposition from conservative Republicans in each chambers since its launch simply days earlier. The Senate voted in opposition to the supplemental 50-49 Wednesday. It wanted 60 votes to go.
The vote went principally alongside social gathering traces, aside from 5 Democrats voting no and 4 Republicans voting sure.
“Some of my extreme Republican friends – and by the way, this is not your father’s Republican Party … I’m not taking on all Republicans. I really mean it. The MAGA Republicans, a minority, but a powerful minority. They went out and they killed the deal. My predecessor said he didn’t like it. It was a loss for him. We have to end the political games, folks,” Biden mentioned Monday.
The president additionally claimed a victory for the financial system.
“It’s clear we have the strongest economy in the world. Nearly 15 million new jobs since I came to office,” Biden mentioned. “The longest stretch of under 4% in 50 years. Growth is strong. Rising wages are rising, inflation is down. In fact, the costs have fallen from everything from a gallon of gas to a gallon of milk. We know prices are still too high because of what I call greed-inflation and shrinkflation,” he mentioned, referring to corporations charging the identical quantity for a product whereas decreasing amount. “I’m calling on corporations to pass their savings on to consumers, for God’s sake. We’re making real progress.”
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“The recent Washington Post headline summed it up,” Biden added, quoting the newspaper’s story titled, “Falling Inflation and Rising Growth Give the U.S. the World’s Best Recovery.”
“The world’s best recovery!” Biden mentioned. “It’s because you implemented what we did. You made it work.”