The White House cut President Joe Biden’s live feed after he decided to take questions during a virtual meeting with House Democrats on Monday.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi started the approximately 15-minute meeting by praising Biden as a representative on topics like the coronavirus pandemic, gun control, the Capitol incursion, and veterans issues. Before taking over and speaking briefly, Biden let Pelosi applaud him for several minutes.
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Biden focused mostly on the coronavirus relief package, with mentions of last year’s California wildfires and a proposed police reform bill named after George Floyd, though not without some back-patting.
Biden thanked South Carolina Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn for reviving his bid.
Last March, Biden seemed to be dead in the water before he won the state primary and never looked back at Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign.
“Congressman Clyburn, I’d like to remind you that it was almost exactly a year ago today that you gave me the endorsement in South Carolina that meant so much to my campaign. You’re still a fantastic friend. And on the night of the — the primary, the United States had only reported a few hundred COVID cases. According to the official White House transcript of the conference, he said, “That was only a year ago.”
“George Floyd and Breonna Taylor were both alive. The worst — the worst — in what would become the worst fire season in recorded history has yet to hit California. There had also been no violent uprising on Capitol Hill. I may go on,” he said.
He went ahead and did it. Biden staggered, slurred, and crashed his way through a speech about job losses, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and how great “Democratic leadership” is for the world.
Following his remarks, something strange happened, and it had nothing to do with Biden smelling anyone’s fur. Biden told Pelosi that he would be willing to answer questions from House Democrats.
“As a result, I’d like to express my gratitude to you all. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you so much. Thank you so much. “I appreciate it,” Biden said.
“And if that’s what you — I’m meant to do, Nance, I’m happy to take questions. “I’ll do whatever you want.”
The White House has released a video of the speech on YouTube. (Note: Biden’s final sentence is actually cut.) See the Twitter posts below for more information.)
BIDEN: "I'm happy to take questions if that's what I'm supposed to do…"
*White House feed cut* pic.twitter.com/y5BHhgXWOB
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) March 3, 2021
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— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) March 4, 2021