Biden's Awkward Moments of Confusion in Normandy

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Joe Biden was in Normandy to recognize the 80th anniversary of D-Day. 

Biden was scheduled to speak at 6:30 ET, but the speeches started late, forcing the elderly veterans to wait. 


When they recognized the veterans who were there, it was beautiful to see the faces of those who had given so much for the defense of freedom as they stood to receive their recognition from French leader Emmanuel Macron. Their faces were lit with emotion as they received the Legion of Honor.

Here they were earlier being greeted by Macron's wife when they arrived in France. 

But here was Biden when he finally shuffled up to the stage, looking out of it. 

But this was pretty bad. Biden got confused as everyone else was standing. He seemed to want to sit, but he was in front of the chair, reaching for nothing. 


Biden didn't end up speaking until 8:00 ET. 

He slurred throughout the remarks, stumbling over words like "sir," which he made "sore" because he was having trouble with the teleprompter, and he mispronounced "sorties."  He said we're not far off from the time when their voices will be silenced (maybe don't say that right in front of those warriors). 

He used the anniversary to say that we had to continue to stand behind Ukraine and talk about the Russian dead. 

Then, when he was finished speaking, Jill had to lead him out while Macron stayed behind with veterans. 


What a contrast, both in energy and honoring the men. 

Someone, fortunately, had enough sense, at least on this occasion, to tell him not to make it overtly political or to talk about Beau. He has previously suggested Beau was among those killed in France when Beau died in 2015 (in the U.S.) from cancer. He also repeated the debunked hoax about former President Donald Trump.


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