White House Silently Fixes Biden’s Gaffe in Transcript

(UnitedHeadlines.com) – The White House altered the speech transcript of a Dec. 8 event in Las Vegas after President Joe Biden cited an inaccurate spending figure related to his 2021 infrastructure bill.

During his speech at the Carpenter International Training Center, Biden cited the incorrect figure and then tried to correct himself. Biden made the error while touting his administration’s $8 billion in railroad investments, which includes $3 billion for a high-speed rail line project that union members are working on that connects Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Biden first mentioned Infrastructure Week, which happened during the Trump administration. He then stated that he is having an “Infrastructure Decade” spending “Over a billion three hundred million trillion three hundred million dollars.” He then referenced Trump again, saying he didn’t pass any infrastructure deals and was “all talk.”

On Dec. 9, the White House’s official transcript of Biden’s comment appeared to correct the numbers, displaying the numbers numerically as “1,300,000,000 — $1,000,300,000,000.” The White House official transcript typically lists the total amount of the infrastructure bill as $1.2 trillion instead of spelling it out numerically.

Many users on social media criticized what they called Biden’s fictional number. Oren Ross posted on Twitter asking why Biden, when trying to come up with the highest possible number, sounds like Ross’ 4-year-old.

In the same speech, Biden also retold a debunked story about a late Amtrak conductor who supposedly said, “Joey, baby!,” and told him he had traveled 320,000 miles on Amtrak over 36 years. Although the story was debunked in 2021 by CNN “Facts First” journalist Daniel Dale, Biden has repeated the story 13 times.

Biden’s latest gaffe has led to critics saying that the 81-year-old president is too old to serve another four-year term. A New York Times poll from November shows 71 percent of voters in swing states think Biden is too old for another four-year term.

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