BY Benjamin ClarkJuly 9, 2024
2 weeks ago
 | July 9, 2024
2 weeks ago

Biden's Speaking Mishaps Increase Over Past Year

An analysis of official transcripts reveals a significant rise in President Joe Biden’s verbal errors over the past year, marking concerns about his verbal agility.

According to Daily Wire, this investigation shows Biden's speaking inaccuracies have doubled over 12 months, culminating in heightened scrutiny during a recent debate.

As President of the United States, every word Joe Biden utters is meticulously documented. Analysis of nearly 400 official White House transcripts indicates a surprising increase in errors, from misspeaking numbers to confusing dates.

Biden's Error Trends

An animated statistical graphic provided by the analysts illustrates this uptrend in error rates.

In June 2023, Biden's speeches had an error rate of 3.2 per 10,000 words. By May 2024, this rate had escalated to 7.2, showcasing a troubling increase in verbal slips.

The rising trend caught significant public attention during Biden’s performance at a presidential debate on June 27, 2024. Here, his increased frequency of mistakes was evident and became a focal point of national discussion regarding his cognitive capabilities.

Scrutiny at the Presidential Debate

In her ongoing public appearances, the nature of these errors often involved confusing significant numerical values—such as billions with millions or thousands with trillions—which could potentially lead to misunderstandings in policy discussions.

Other frequent slips include misnaming individuals and organizations, a stark contrast to the precision expected in political discourse.

Examples range from calling Senator Brian Schatz 'Brian Schantz' to referring to President Emmanuel Macron as Mitterrand and misplacing him in Germany instead of France.

Factual Corrections in Public Records

These errors were not left uncorrected, however. The White House staff diligently amended these slips in the official transcripts.

Corrections ranged from simple numerical replacements like "$2 thousand" to "$2 trillion" to correcting event dates and names.

For instance, one corrected statement showed Biden saying, "We cut the [deficit] by $1.7 trillion," where the original remark mistakenly referred to "debt." Such amendments are crucial for maintaining the accuracy of public records.

Biden's Public Address in Wisconsin

Recently, in Madison, Wisconsin, Biden directly addressed the criticisms against him, reaffirming his commitment to stay in the presidential race. His strong stance came amid conversations about his verbal slip-ups.

During his assertive speech in Wisconsin, Biden mistakenly claimed he had defeated Donald Trump in the 2020 election, an error later corrected in the official transcript. While minor, this mistake underscored persistent issues with accuracy in his statements.

Such slip-ups by the current president have provoked a range of responses from both the public and the media. The careful handling of these errors by Biden's team reflects their understanding of the critical need for precision in communication.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, the year leading to June 2024 has seen a notable double in President Biden’s speaking errors, mapped meticulously through official transcripts.

This trend raises questions about the frequency of such errors and their potential impact on public perception and policy interpretation.

Despite these challenges, Biden's recent speeches, particularly in Wisconsin, showcase his determination to address these issues head-on and maintain his stance in the political arena. His team's diligent corrections of official records also underscore an ongoing commitment to factual accuracy.

Written by: Benjamin Clark



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