Laura Ingraham slams Joe Biden's prime-time address as 'funeral for America', Internet calls her heartless
Fox News host Laura Ingraham has slammed President Joe Biden's first prime-time address since taking office, and which marked a year since the Covid-19 pandemic swept across the country. While he received mixed reactions on Twitter regarding his speech on Thursday, March 11, Ingraham went all out in criticizing the POTUS in a tweet following his address, saying that it sounded "like a funeral for America."
"This was supposed to be an uplifting speech—but it felt and sounded more like a funeral for America," she tweeted, with a screenshot of Biden's speech. While she might have been referring to the president's lack of energy or robustness while speaking, her opinion was slammed by a number of social media users. Most of them lauded Biden's speech as it was informative and did not digress from the topic at hand.
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"Truth and reality. Something you can't recognize," one of them said, while another commented, "Hmm. I felt like the tone was perfect for the moment. Reverent, sad, and hopeful." A third remarked, "Sour Grapes!!!" One more commented, "Denial Uncancelled." The next said, "One of the best speeches from an American President !" A commenter tweeted, "True He should've veered more toward, say, toilets flushing, dishwashers failing. Or quid pro quo."
Another quipped, "The first step to solving a problem is admitting there is a problem. Way to go, Joe!" A person reacted with, "Speaking of funerals, there have been over half a million Covid funerals for America this past year." One more said, "It's called honoring those who are gone. Do you even have a heart?" Another remarked, "That’s what the truth sounds like Anne." One more commented, "Sounded like hope to me!" A commenter noted, "Well you must have been watching something different than what I was."
Truth and reality.— Marlene Florkow (@MarleneFlorkow) March 12, 2021
Something you can't
Hmm. I felt like the tone was perfect for the moment. Reverent, sad, and hopeful.— K DeWitz (@pdxkren) March 12, 2021
Sour Grapes!!!— Terry Pal (@terry_pali) March 12, 2021
Denial Uncancelled— Dave Gilloran (@thedavegilloran) March 12, 2021
One of the best speeches from an American President !— The Last EU_nicorn (@Breadpitti) March 12, 2021
True— Sixtoodmb (@sixtoodmb) March 12, 2021
He should've veered more toward, say, toilets flushing, dishwashers failing.
Or quid pro quo
The first step to solving a problem is admitting there is a problem. Way to go, Joe! 🙏❤️👏— Mark Drop (@markdrop) March 12, 2021
Speaking of funerals, there have been over half a million Covid funerals for America this past year.— Catherine (@CatherineRicha6) March 12, 2021
It's called honoring those who are gone. Do you even have a heart?— jeffrey combs (@jeffreycombs) March 12, 2021
That’s what the truth sounds like Anne— Scott Jenkins (@ASCOTT64) March 12, 2021
Sounded like hope to me!— SmhMontgomery (@SmhMontgomery) March 12, 2021
Well you must have been watching something different than what I was.— Christine Brown (@ChristineRan4WA) March 12, 2021
Biden called for unity, showed empathy
Instead of putting up a show and displaying theatrics like his predecessor, Biden focused on being empathetic during his speech, and which worked in his favor as it built hope and positivity among people. He looked straight into the camera and told the American people, "I need you." Then he said it again: "I need you." He talked about the need to find a "common purpose." He said that "beating this virus and getting back to normal depends on national unity." And that "I need every American to do their part."
The show of empathy was clear from how he pulled a card out of his jacket pocket, something he said he kept with him wherever he went, and which had the exact number of Americans who have died from the coronavirus. Although it seemed like Biden did that for dramatic effect, it worked in his favor as it drove home the idea of him being the empathetic leader who not only does not forget the hundreds of thousands who have died due to the pandemic but also keeps the pain of the death toll close to his heart. This was a direct contrast with Trump's overt politicization of the virus and those who succumbed to it.