'End of quote': Joe Biden's Ron Burgundy moment goes viral as he reads from teleprompter
President Joe Biden seemed to be having a 'Ron Burgundy' moment while he appeared to be reading a speech about gas prices off a teleprompter on Tuesday, November 23. When Biden uttered the words "end of the quote" after mentioning a comment by Walmart's CEO, he was compared to the fictitious newscaster from the film 'Anchorman'.
Biden commented, "And, by the way, you may have heard the CEO of Walmart yesterday on the steps we’ve taken. He said, and I quote, ‘The combination of private enterprise and government working together has been really successful.’ He went on to say, ‘All the way through the supply chain, there’s… a lot of innovation.’ Because of the actions we’ve taken, things have begun to change. End of quote."
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Biden made the remark during a speech about rising gas costs and the economy. "I want you to know how grateful I am to serve as your president," he added. "And I promise you that I'll never stop working to address your family's needs. And together we're going to face challenges. We're going to face them honestly. And that we'll keep building this economy around hardworking folks who built this country. Happy Thanksgiving, and may God bless you, and may God protect our troops."
The “End of Quote” incident became a social media comedy and many users were seen expressing their views. One person tweeted, “The greatest charade ever continues -". While another said, "Another person added, “Biden isn't suffering a cognitive decline! It's all a right-wing conspiracy!"
The greatest charade ever continues -— Peter Grandich (@PeterGrandich) November 24, 2021
Biden isn't suffering a cognitive decline! It's all a right-wing conspiricacy!— David (@dhalterman1) November 24, 2021
'End of quote': Biden appears to read instruction off teleprompter https://t.co/VJi7zj1KWc via @nypost
Another tweeter user commented, “I’d soooooo much rather have Burgundy for president than this gaffe machine”. Yet another tweeted, “Biden has lost public confidence. He is now routinely viewed as an inept buffoon. God help America!"
I’d soooooo much rather have Burgundy for president than this gaffe machine 😆😆#BurgundyBaxter2024https://t.co/b9RCWzseMy— Lys (@lys_beaumont) November 24, 2021
https://t.co/v7t9lFYJrZ#Biden has lost public confidence. He is now routinely viewed as an inept buffoon. God help America!— George Steidle (@GeorgeSteidle) November 24, 2021
Later, Biden informed the press that he had to go to volunteer at a soup kitchen and that he couldn't take any questions, causing one reporter to yell, "When will you answer our questions?"
The Biden administration has been consistently chastised for the president's lack of control over his communications. Biden's briefing on wildfires with federal and state authorities in Boise, Idaho, was suddenly cut off by the White House in September.
In August, as he was going to answer a reporter's question concerning his administration's military departure date from Afghanistan, the president's audio stream was interrupted. Biden's stream was similarly blocked by the White House in March as well after he indicated he was "glad to accept questions" during a virtual gathering with Democratic senators.