Joe Biden’s handlers have to be probably one of the most overworked and underpaid groups of people in modern American history considering the sheer amount of heavy lifting they are always having to do to cover for his mistakes, gaffes, flubs, stumbles and bumbles, awkward incidents, and incoherent moments.
Unfortunately for them, this week has been no exception to that rule.
As RedState reported Tuesday, Biden gave a speech on his administration’s alleged efforts to expand access to mental health care. During his remarks, however, Biden veered off course as he often does when he rambled on about a question he allegedly gets asked on “why Americans have sort of lost faith for a while on being — being able to do big things.”
Biden said he is sometimes asked “If you could do anything at all, Joe, what would you do?” and that his answer was “I’d cure cancer.”
Moments later, Biden declared that “We ended cancer as we know it.”
Joe Biden: I said I'd cure cancer they looked at me like, why cancer? Because we can. We ended cancer as we know it.
Fact-Check: Joe Biden has not cured cancer pic.twitter.com/SpUFWT5PJ3
— Media Research Center (@theMRC) July 25, 2023
Though the video makes it more than clear what Biden said, you wouldn’t know it by reading the official White House transcript, which altered his words to say something he didn’t (bolded emphasis added by me):
One of the things I’m always asked is: You know, why — why Americans have sort of lost faith for a while on being — being able to do big things.
“If you could do anything at all, Joe, what would you do?” I said, “I’d cure cancer.” And they looked at me like, “Why cancer?” Because no one thinks we can. That’s why. And we can. We can end cancer as we know it.
Here’s the screengrab in case they change it again:
The official White House transcript changed Biden’s words to cover up his gaffe when he said “We ended cancer” pic.twitter.com/CJUodZ0Ld2
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) July 26, 2023
This is, of course, not the first time the Biden White House has rushed to hide evidence of Biden embarrassing himself within official transcripts. There have been numerous instances, including one from a mere five months into his presidency where they inserted the word “Laughter” to make it sound like the Coast Guard graduates he was speaking to were laughing at a supposed joke he said that many on the outside looking in found offensive.
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 19, 2021
It’s also not the first time Biden made a claim about cancer that did not come remotely close to passing the smell test:
FLASHBACK: A year ago, Biden claimed that his mother using windshield wipers to "get literally the oil slick off the window" is "why [he] and so damn many other people have cancer." pic.twitter.com/YIoBlZaLHh
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) July 25, 2023
As RedState reported at the time, though his handlers (and his apologists in the media, of course) tried to do their “everything is fine” thing in the aftermath of the claim, it, too, did not stand up to scrutiny.
As someone who is a caregiver for a loved one who has been battling cancer (my mom), I can’t put into words how offensive I find it when politicians trot out the cancer card as though they have all the answers to curing this and other awful diseases and medical conditions. Like most people, I pray that the cures for all forms of cancer will be found sooner rather than later, but as my colleague Bonchie also noted, we’re all smart enough to know that when it does happen it certainly won’t be Joe Biden who should get credited for it.