President Biden caused an uproar of confusion Friday after closing his remarks at a Connecticut summit on gun control reform ended with a phrase more closely identified with the country that his previously declared its independence from.
As he closed his speech at the National Safer Communities Summit in West Hartford, Biden told the crowd a storm might be approaching the area and that he would be unable to shake hands with all attendees.
He also uttered another iconic line once used toward a student who questioned him about his fourth-place standing in the 2020 Iowa caucuses:
“Is that the truth? Now, do not make a lie – as that scene in the John Wayne movie – don’t make me a dog-faced, lying, pony-soldier,” Biden said, this time about the reported incoming storm.
The current monarch of the United Kingdom is King Charles III — as his mother, the long-serving Queen Elizabeth II, died in September.
Connecticut, where Biden was speaking, was one of the 13 colonies to declare its independence from Britain in 1776. The ‘Constitution State’ ratified the founding document 235 years ago – the 5th state to do so. Biden’s Delaware was notably the first.
“God Save the Queen” is also a song by the Sex Pistols.
“I have seen countless – and I mean countless – drunk people say something totally obscure like ‘God save the Queen’ and then jaunt around like a Joe Biden just did in an effort to play it off as if they were sober. He’s truly incapacitated,” tweeted political strategist Evan Berryhill.
Chad Gilmartin, a deputy spokesman for House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., reacted by keying into something Biden often tells critics who question his abilities:
“Watch me – Joe Biden,” Gilmartin tweeted.
“Will anyone Invoke 25th amendment?” Daily Signal investigative columnist Roman Jankowski tweeted.
Republican Congressman Dan Crenshaw of Texas responded to Biden’s comment simply with an image of former President Washington rolling his eyes.
“Joe Biden has lost it,” added Fox News contributor Leo Terrell.
“Were they playing a Monty Python skit or something?” Cavuto responded.
Response from some United Kingdom natives was equally critical, as a former aide to the late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher appeared to question Biden’s cognitive abilities.
The effort, led by Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, who served as Presidents Obama and Trump’s White House physician, included 61 lawmakers concerned with Biden’s “current cognitive state and ability.”
“We believe that, regardless of gender, age, or political party, all Presidents should document and demonstrate sound mental abilities,” the GOP members wrote.
The letter said Biden’s White House physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, labeled the president a “healthy, vigourous, 80-year-old male, who is fit successfully execute the duties of the Presidency, to include those as Chief Executive, Head of State, and Commander in Chief” after his preceding physical.