Whether he has a transcript or not, President Biden’s speeches are the types of disastrous events where his handlers pray to God that he escapes without embarrassing himself and/or the high office he holds too much.
Unfortunately for them (and us) today was not a day Biden avoided a cringeworthy moment. To make matters worse for the White House, it was all caught on video. As my colleague Bonchie reported earlier, Biden was giving the 140th commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy shortly before lunchtime when this happened:
Biden has his “please clap” moment after making a wisecrack about the Navy at the Coast Guard Academy.
“You’re a really dull class. Come on, man. Is the sun getting to ya?” pic.twitter.com/9NIUa6yjju
— Dave Brown (@dave_brown24) May 19, 2021
Did you notice how after he said “I can only assume that you will enjoy educating your family about how the Coast Guard is, quote, ‘The hard nucleus around the Navy forms in times of war,’” that nobody laughed? That was the whole reason why he made his “you’re a really dull class” comment. It’s easy enough to see from the video, of course, but if you read the official transcript the White House put out this afternoon of his Coast Guard speech, you’ll notice they added something after Biden’s Navy “joke” that did not happen (bolded emphasis added):
I can only assume that you will enjoy educating your family about how the Coast Guard is, quote, “The hard nucleus around the Navy forms in times of war.” (Laughter.)
You are a quiet — you’re a really dull class. (Laughter.) I mean, come on, man. Is the sun getting to you? (Laughter.) I would think you’d have an opportunity when I say that about the Navy to clap, but — but being here together — (applause).
Here’s a screen grab of where “laughter” was added to the transcript in case they decide to pull a stealth edit later in response to the criticism they’re getting for pulling this stunt:
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 19, 2021
As failed 2016 GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush will tell you after learning the hard way, having to beg for acknowledgment or applause from an audience after you’ve said something you think is profound or after you’ve told a joke is humiliating enough. But it being added into a transcript despite the fact that it did not happen makes the whole thing even more embarrassing.
To my knowledge, this is at least the second incident I know of where the Biden White House altered a transcript to make it appear less embarrassing on behalf of the President. And there’s also the issue Politico reported on last week of the growing problem with the Biden White House demanding to review quotes made by administration officials supposedly to ensure accuracy before they’re okayed for publication by the mainstream media.
When “rules” like these are put in place and the false edits on the transcripts are so freewheeling, you know we are in deep kaka, folks. Deep kaka. And to think we’re not even six months into this administration…