WATCH: Biden Malfunctions During Speech in Finland
This week, Joe Biden visited Finland after a NATO summit in Lithuania. During his speech in Helsinki, he made a slip-up that garnered reactions from both Twitter users. This article provides an analysis of the incident and the reactions it sparked.
President Biden visited Finland, the most recent member of NATO, after attending a NATO summit in Lithuania. During his speech in Helsinki, he paid tribute to the various Nordic leaders there, beginning with acknowledging “Prime Minister Frederiksen of Denmark and…the daughter of Ireland.” He quickly corrected himself by saying “the daughter of Iceland” and remarked that he thought “we had a very productive summit.”
Twitter users’ reactions to Biden’s slip-up varied. One user noted the priceless look on the Prime Minister of Finland’s face. Another user expressed how embarrassing the situation was. One user even joked that Biden’s slip-up might lead to concerns about his eligibility to be president.
The look from the Prime Minister of Finland is priceless
— Bill (@Tastywaves77) July 13, 2023
Meanwhile, the RNC Research Twitter page claimed that Biden had pre-selected reporters to call on during a press conference, and he still had not answered questions about a cocaine scandal in his White House. They cited a video showing Biden looking down at a piece of paper before calling on reporters to ask him questions during the press conference. Another video showed Biden forgetting the second half of a question asked by a pre-selected journalist.
Biden departs his "press conference" after calling on two pre-selected reporters.
He still has not answered questions about the cocaine scandal in his White House. pic.twitter.com/iSDiig3NOD
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) July 13, 2023
Biden’s slip-up during his speech in Finland is once again embarrassing. Biden is known for his Irish heritage, and it is possible that this led to a Freudian slip. However, the slip-up sparked a lot of reactions on social media, with some users finding it embarrassing and others making jokes about it.
The RNC Research Twitter page’s claims about Biden’s pre-selected reporters and his handling of the recent scandal in his White House are more serious. While it is normal for a president to be briefed on reporters who will be asking questions at a press conference, the use of pre-screened questions raises concerns about freedom of the press.