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President Joe Biden’s attempt to bolster electric vehicle production at the “Factory Zero” plant in Detroit, Michigan resulted in an awkward – and some say telling – moment in which he mumbled that he’s “gotta take orders” after being told where to stand.
The strange sequence was caught on film, as the General Motors guide was explaining to Biden who the people in front of him were, and how the event was going to go. He interrupted her to ask where he was supposed to stand.
“I stand on the blue marker, huh?” Biden asked.
“Yeah, the blue,” the GM guide confirmed.
“Gotta take orders,” Biden mumbled, before passing right over the blue marker.
“You’re here,” the guide said, pointing to the floor as the president passed it. “Okay… okay…” Awkward chuckling ensued as everyone else moved forward to accommodate the president.
“Gotta take orders”.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 18, 2021
This flub could have been easily overlooked, but it wasn’t the first time that Biden has made flippant comments implying that he is not making his own decisions, as noted by a Twitter user:
Leader of the free world, constantly making jokes about how he’s not allowed to make his own decisions. Always a good look.
— frost the entire pop tart already (@1JasonMitchell) November 18, 2021
The exchange prompted social media users to ask some questions, and make some observations of their own:
I truly want to know who is running the country for him. Sincerely!
— John Ford (@JohnFor13384753) November 18, 2021
DUDE, this is the worst one ever. Dude is cooked.
— Bob from Texas (@stockdemons) November 18, 2021
No mean tweets…
— Anthony Wilk (@MrWilk94) November 18, 2021
Now he is saying the truth
— AIM (@AbdullaAlmazied) November 18, 2021
Is he even conscious???
— Jim Grose (@JD_Grose) November 18, 2021
He needs to step down. No way is he mentally able to do his job
— HAPPYMAMMA 😊🎗🍀 (@FitnessMamma) November 18, 2021
Jill, please save the country and get your husband some help.
— Stella Bell (@StellieBell) November 18, 2021
Looks like robot 🤖 in last few seconds.
— 在云之上 (@jojolin76) November 18, 2021
Biden has previously raised eyebrows with similar comments. In July 2020, Biden closed out a presser with some questions, but made sure to retrieve his “list” that seemingly contained the names of approved reporters to call on.
Biden awkwardly only takes questions pre-approved from a list of reporters https://t.co/745bbGTsCZ via @BIZPACReview
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) July 29, 2020
In early November 2021 while at the G20 summit in Rome, the president began taking questions seemingly from a list of approved reporters.
“And now I’m happy to take some questions and I’m told to start with AP, Zeke Miller,” Biden noted, reading from a piece of paper.
‘I’m told to start with AP’: Biden clutches cheat sheet, follows orders like a good puppet at G20 https://t.co/8g04Q4csmL pic.twitter.com/ismYEer2nL
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 1, 2021
In September, Politico reported that White House staffers will allegedly turn off the televisions when Biden speaks, for fear of his gaffes. They are also concerned that he will go rogue and decide to answer questions for himself, which would explain the pre-approved lists from which the president of the free world appears to be working.
Anxious WH staffers cringe, mute TV when Biden speaks fearing he’ll take questions, officials say https://t.co/2PluWIgxft pic.twitter.com/41S75k4wHF
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 8, 2021
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