President Joe Biden claimed during a CNN Town Hall yesterday that the country had no COVID-19 vaccine when he began his term as president. Biden told host Anderson Cooper, “It’s one thing to have the vaccine, which we didn’t have when we came into office.” As it is widely known, the Trump administration managed to deliver a vaccine within 10 months of COVID entering the United States, with the first American receiving the vaccine on December 14. Biden’s term as Commander in Chief did not begin until after he was sworn in on Jan. 20, 2021, over a month into the nationwide vaccine rollout.
Biden himself received the vaccine publicly televised on December 21, one month before taking office. He received his second dose on Jan. 11, over a week before his inauguration.
Biden’s statements on the vaccine have caused additional concern related to the President’s cognitive abilities and mental faculties. While many on the left brush these inaccuracies and errors off as simple “gaffes” or “just Joe being Joe,” many Americans have real concerns related to Biden’s inability to communicate effectively on a consistent basis. Some Democrats attribute Biden’s speaking difficulties to him having a stutter, but last night’s statement was in no way related to this type of speech impediment.
Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler attributed the statement to a “typical Biden gaffe.”
As Biden continues to struggle and “misspeak” with alarming frequency, his ability to communicate with foreign leaders is certainly concerning, especially since his administration does not seem to be taking his deficits seriously.