Biden Forgets Name of Pentagon Chief: “The Guy Who Runs That Outfit”
US President Joe Biden seemingly struggled to remember the name of his Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin during a ceremony to promote two female generals, timed to coincide with International Women’s Day.
The 78-year-old wanted to thank the official for recommending the two women for promotion, but ended up in an awkward situation.
“And I want to thank the sec — the, the, ah former general. I keep calling him general, but my, my — the guy who runs that outfit over there. I want to make sure we thank the secretary for all he’s done to try to implement what we just talked about. And for recommending these two women for promotion”, Biden said on Monday.
The president seemed to have forgotten the official’s name earlier in the event as well, calling him “Secretary Austin”.
During the ceremony General Jacqueline Van Ovost of the Air Force was promoted to be the head of US Transportation Command, while Lieutenant General Laura Richardson was appointed to lead US Southern Command.
This was one of just many gaffes the Democrat’s made since he became president of the United States.
He first mispronounced the name of Pete Buttigieg’s husband, calling him Kristen instead of Chasten, he then made a combo when he twice mispronounced the name of his Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra and called him by the wrong title. Most recently, the president struggled to explain the importance of the government COVID-19 plan.
During the presidential campaign Biden twice mixed up his rival Donald Trump with George Bush and bewildered his supporters when said that he was running for the Senate.