- President Biden concludes his speech at a gun control reform summit with the British expression, "God Save the Queen."
- The unexpected remark caused widespread confusion among the audience and White House correspondents.
- This incident sparked discussions regarding Biden's cognitive health and brought up the question of the potential invocation of the 25th amendment.
President Biden created a whirlwind of bewilderment this past Friday when he concluded his speech at a Connecticut gun control reform summit with an expression usually associated with the country from which the United States declared independence.
Speaking at the National Safer Communities Summit in West Hartford, Biden informed the audience that an approaching storm may prevent him from mingling with all attendees post-speech.
The President, interestingly, resurrected a famous quote he once used in response to a student who probed him about his fourth-place ranking in the 2020 Iowa caucuses. Referring to the impending weather, he recited, "Is that the truth? Now, do not fabricate a lie – like that scene from the John Wayne film – don't label me a deceitful, dog-faced, pony-soldier."
"I will stand in front of each section – yes, I truly mean it – if the camera can capture you, so can the audience. It might seem insignificant to you, but it's the smallest detail of this entire event," he further added.
The baffling part came when he concluded, "Alright. God Save the Queen, man," while trying to navigate his exit offstage. The puzzling phrase stirred the attendees given the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom is King Charles III following Queen Elizabeth II's passing last September. Adding to the intrigue, the phrase "God Save the Queen" is also a known song by the Sex Pistols.
The day's White House pool report, a crucial source for many media outlets to track the president's activities, seemed equally dumbfounded by Biden's closing statement. Public reaction varied, with some questioning the President's cognitive health, thereby sparking discussions about the invocation of the 25th amendment.
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