President Joe Biden has once again made headlines due to a series of verbal missteps. The President, known for his occasional gaffes, mistakenly referred to the conflict in Ukraine as the war in Iraq, not once but twice in two days. This has raised concerns among many Americans about the President’s mental sharpness.
When asked to comment on the impact of recent events on Russian President Vladimir Putin, Biden responded, “It’s hard to tell but he is clearly losing the war in Iraq, he’s losing the war at home and he has become a bit of a pariah around the world.” The President made a similar error during a fundraiser in Maryland, where he spoke about uniting Europe against the onslaught in Iraq, instead of Ukraine.
Q: "To what extent has Vladimir Putin been weakened by recent events?"
President Biden: "It's hard to tell but he is clearly losing the war in Iraq, he's losing the war at home and he has become a bit of a pariah around the world." pic.twitter.com/PZhYhdGDij
— CSPAN (@cspan) June 28, 2023
These slips of the tongue have not been limited to the Ukraine-Iraq confusion. In another instance, Biden referred to the Prime Minister of India as the leader of China, before quickly correcting himself.
These incidents have added fuel to the ongoing debate about Biden’s fitness to serve as President. A recent NBC News poll revealed that 68% of registered voters have moderate to major concerns about Biden’s mental and physical health. As political commentator Chris Cillizza pointed out, the question of age and acuity has become a central issue for Biden’s campaign.
In addition to these gaffes, Biden also made a humorous remark about selling state secrets during a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Big Tech CEOs. This comment, although made in jest, sparked widespread criticism and mockery on social media.