‘She was 12, I was 30’: Biden’s off-the-cuff remark during speech leaves many confused


ZACHARY ROGERS | The National Desk

FILE – President Joe Biden speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Aug. 26, 2022, in Washington. President Joe Biden is confronting no shortage of difficult issues as he travels to New York this week for the annual gathering of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly. The Russian war in Ukraine is at a critical juncture. European fears that a recession could be just around the corner are heightened. Administration concerns grow by the day that time is running short to revive the Iran nuclear deal and over China’s saber-rattling on Taiwan. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

WASHINGTON (TND) — Political commentators, social media users and many others have been left confused by a remark made by President Joe Biden during a speech on Friday.

While speaking at the National Education Association headquarters in Washington D.C., President Biden pointed to a woman in the crowd.

You gotta say hi to me,” the president said to the woman, who he apparently recognized. “We go back a long way. She was 12, I was 30. But anyway, this woman helped me get an awful lot done.”

At the speech, the audience laughed at the remark, but it’s a comment that has attained a lot of social media attention, particularly in reference to the “She was 12, I was 30” part.

Conservative podcast host Monica Crowley suggested that dementia was a possible cause for the off-script remark.

“As dementia progresses, patients lose more of their filter and tend to blurt out the truth,” Crowley said in a tweet.

Becker News CEO Kyle Becker said the comment from President Biden was “just plain creepy,” a sentiment shared by Newsmax show host Benny Johnson, who said the remark was possibly the “most CREEPY thing [Biden] may [have] EVER said.”

Many online pointed to the age discrepancy in Biden’s remark. Some asked what a 30-year-old man and a 12-year-old girl could even work together on, and others wondered what President Biden meant when he said the woman “helped me get an awful lot done.”

President Biden has faced criticism in the past for making several women and girls uncomfortable through unwanted physical contact, something he offered “a flimsy apology” for back in 2019, according to INSIDER.

President Biden’s Friday speech to teachers and union workers at the National Education Association headquarters comes just months before the contentious 2022 midterm elections, in which Democrats are reportedly expected not to fare well.

Gun violence is on the ballot,” Biden said in his Friday speech. “The idea that you start school this year and kids in many parts of the country are learning to duck and cover… rather than talking about reading, writing and arithmetic is a very different circumstance and it’s not right.

MAGA Republicans are the majority in conservative American political circles right now, President Biden claimed in his speech. The president also touched on the topic of abortion during his time at the National Education Association headquarters.

The woman who President Biden referred to during his Friday speech has not been identified as of yet.


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