A Democrat that controls the White House repeatedly mispronounced the names of several Texas officials and even forgot where he was during a visit to Houston.
President Joe Biden appeared to suffer from a short-term memory lapse when he forgot the time of day while speaking outside of NRG Stadium, 10 miles south of the downtown area.
“Good afternoon–or almost, actually, it is evening,” he said in a statement.
Biden began by wrongly calling Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) a House representative and acknowledging him, even though he did not actually attend the press conference.
“I want to thank you, governor and Mrs. Abbott, for your hospitality and your friendship, and representative … Sen. Cornyn,” he said. “I think he had to go back, I think he is getting on a plane. He told me last—he came in to see me last event.”
Biden then began incorrectly naming multiple Democratic Texas politicians and judicial representatives.
“Reps. Shelly Jackson Lee, Al Green, Sylvia Garcia, Lizzie Pannelli–excuse me, Pannell—and what am I doing here? I am going to lose track here,” he said. “Mayor Turner, Judge Hidalgo, thank you all for welcoming us.”
Biden and his wife had visited the Lone Star State to show sympathy for the 4 million residents whose electricity supply was interrupted by unseasonably cold winter weather.
“Our prayers are with you in the aftermath of this winter storm,” he said. “I told Gov. [Greg] Abbott and Mayor Turner and Judge Hidalgo and the congressional delegation that we will be true partners to help you recover and rebuild from the storms, and this pandemic and the economic crisis—we are in for the long haul.”
However, not all high-ranking Democrats have expressed the same degree of sympathy for those same freezing families.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) recently used the opportunity to attack Gov. Abbott’s weak response to an environmental theory that burning fossil fuels creates carbon emissions, which can allegedly influence long-term weather patterns.
“Gov. Abbott thought Texas could run an electrical grid that ignored the climate crisis,” Schumer said on Twitter. “It was not resilient.”
The senator also criticized federal authorities for not forcing the governor to crack down on fossil fuels, mining, and other carbon emissions-intensive activities.
“The federal investigation by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and North American Electric Reliability Corporation must look into how Gov. Abbott’s policies in Texas have failed and exacerbated the winter storm crisis,” he said.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) similarly claimed Texas could have avoided blackouts if the state Legislature had supported the Democratic Party’s resolution to fight climate change.
“The infrastructure failures in Texas are quite literally what happens when you *don’t* pursue a Green New Deal,” she said on Twitter.
Ocasio-Cortez accused the Republican-controlled Legislature of failing to support renewable energy projects and take decisive action on climate change.
“Weak on sweeping next-gen public infrastructure investments, little focus on equity, so communities are left behind, climate deniers in leadership, so they do not long prep for disaster,” she said. “We need to help people *now.* Long-term, we must realize these are the consequences of inaction.”
However, both Democrats appeared to overlook that utility providers can only use solar, wind, and hydro sources to supplement existing fossil fuel power plants. Renewable energy sources are still not technologically advanced enough to completely replace conventional fossil fuels.
When Biden ended his speech, he unwittingly contradicted his own advice for everyone to keep covering their noses and mouths to help contain the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus. Namely, he forgot to put on his own face mask before stepping away from the podium.
“For God’s sake, wear your mask, wear your mask,” he said. “It is not a political statement, it is a patriotic thing to do … [whoops, I forgot] my mask!”