White House Scrambles To Clean Up Biden’s Gaffe-Filled NAACP Speech

The White House went into full damage control mode on Monday issuing a staggering nine corrections to the official transcript of President Joe Biden’s error-riddled speech to the NAACP in Detroit the previous day. The 81-year-old president’s address which was part of an outreach effort to black Americans amid softening support in the demographic was marred by a series of gaffes and historical inaccuracies.

Among the most glaring mistakes was Biden’s claim that he was still vice president during the COVID-19 pandemic. “When I was vice president things were kind of bad during the pandemic and what happened was Barack said to me ‘Go to Detroit and help fix it'” Biden said according to the original transcript. The White House later corrected “pandemic” to “recession” suggesting Biden was referring to the 2009 economic downturn.

Other notable corrections included fixing Biden’s mispronunciation of “inspiring” as “inspiresing” and “insurrectionists” as “irrectionists.” The president also incorrectly stated that the Affordable Care Act saved families “$800,000” instead of $800 per year and mistakenly referred to the NAACP as the “NAAC.”

The White House’s extensive edits to the transcript which used strikethroughs for Biden’s mistakes and brackets for the corrected comments underscored the president’s ongoing struggles with public speaking. Since the start of the year the administration has made at least 148 adjustments to transcripts of Biden’s remarks according to a Daily Caller analysis.

The gaffes come as Biden’s reelection bid faces mounting challenges with recent polls showing him trailing presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump nationally and in key swing states. The president’s age and cognitive abilities have become a central issue in the 2024 campaign with Biden set to turn 82 shortly after the November election.