President Joe Biden faced online mockery after delivering two speeches filled with gaffes, including mistakenly suggesting that the Hamas attacks on Israel had occurred 65 years ago and referring to the deceased Deng Xiaoping as the leader of China. These incidents occurred during his remarks at the White House Hanukkah event and while visiting a wind tower producer in Colorado.
During the Hanukkah event, Biden mentioned, “But this year’s Hanukkah is different. It has been 65 years since the deadliest day for the Jewish people since the Holocaust. 65 years ago. “It appears Biden intended to say it had been 65 days since the attack, which would have been accurate. He clarified that he was referring to the Hamas assault on southern Israel on October 7, 2023, where 1,200 people lost their lives, and 240 were taken hostage in Gaza. Biden also shared his father’s experience of returning to his kibbutz, finding only rubble and ruin.
In Colorado, Biden inadvertently mentioned Deng Xiaoping instead of Chinese President Xi Jinping, whom he reportedly meant to refer to. Although the White House transcript was subsequently amended to show the correct name, the initial footage had already circulated widely on Chinese social media.
These incidents have given Republicans ammunition to question Biden’s mental acuity as he seeks a second White House term in November 2024. A Newsweek poll conducted in August revealed that 75 percent of Democrats expressed some level of concern about Biden’s age affecting his performance, while only 22 percent had no concerns at all.
Biden’s remarks during these events sparked a wave of mockery on social media, with businessman Arnaud Bertrand sharing screenshots of the stories and expressing concern about the President’s mental state. Others joined in, questioning whether there might be another Democrat who could replace Biden.
It is important to note that while these gaffes have received attention, the United States currently possesses the world’s second-largest nuclear arsenal, according to the Arms Control Association. The US has 5,244 warheads compared to Russia’s 5,889.
The blunders made by President Biden have raised questions about his mental sharpness and ability to lead. However, it is crucial to consider the broader context of his presidency and the significant challenges facing the nation.