‘No, he said let me “repeat the line”‘: White House jumps in to reject claims Biden had a Ron Burgundy moment by reading off the prompter too literally by saying ‘end quote, repeat the line’
- A White House press aide defended President Joe Biden on Twitter after he was mocked by a GOP strategist over his Friday speech
- Biden was speaking before signing an executive order safeguarding abortion access and patient privacy after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade
- The president had read a quote about women’s involvement in American elections when the gaffe allegedly occurred
- Billionaire Elon Musk also joined in mocking Biden, writing on Twitter: ‘Whoever controls the teleprompter is the real President!’
‘It is noteworthy that the percentage of women who register to vote and cast a ballot is consistently higher than the percentage of the men who do so. End of quote. Repeat the line,’ the president said during a White House speech earlier in the day.
‘Women are not without electoral…or political power.’
Posting the clip on social media, Price compared it to Will Farrell’s Ron Burgundy being unable to deviate from the script on his teleprompter despite grammatical mistakes and obvious errors.
Burgundy’s embarrassing on-air verbal incidents are a recurring gag throughout the movie.
Price posted a clip of Burgundy’s frustrated news crew and suggested the White House staffers behind-the-scenes were feeling similarly.
But White House Assistant Press Secretary Emilie Simons challenged Price’s claim that Biden made a mistake.
‘No,’ Simons wrote, adding that Biden said ‘Let me repeat that line.’
President Joe Biden was reading a quote off of his teleprompter during a Friday White House speech when the apparent gaffe occurred
Price’s fellow Biden critic Elon Musk also chimed in on the banter, declaring: ‘Whoever controls the teleprompter is the real President!’
The billionaire Tesla founder also posted his own ‘Anchorman’ meme depicting a scene in which Burgundy ends his sign-off with an odd tone when his teleprompter script erroneously had a question mark at the end of his name.
‘For the last time, anything you put on that teleprompter, Burgundy will read,’ the image text states.
Musk made a similar suggestion in May during the All-In Summit where he accused the president of not fully being in control.
‘The real president is whoever controls the teleprompter,’ Musk told a podcast at the summit. ‘The path to power is the path to the teleprompter.’
He added: ‘I do feel like if somebody were to accidentally lean on the teleprompter, it’s going to be like ‘Anchorman.”
White House Assistant Press Secretary Emilie Simons jumped in to defend her boss, clarifying that he did not repeat words off of a teleprompter
Multiple people compared Biden to Will Farrell’s iconic journalist character Ron Burgundy of the film ‘Anchorman’
Biden’s Friday remarks at the White House had preceded his signing of an executive order to safeguard abortion access after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade late last month.
The measures include strengthening access to abortion medication and emergency birth control and enhancing patient privacy rights.
The president blasted the ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, in which the high court’s conservative majority sided with Mississippi in removing federal abortion protections, as a ‘terrible, extreme, and I think so totally wrongheaded decision.’
‘After having made the decision based on a reading of a document that was frozen in time in the 1860s when women didn’t even have the right to vote, the court now practically dares the women of America to go to the ballot box and restore the very rights they’ve just taken away,’ Biden said.
He called the 5-4 decision to overturn Roe and its sister case Planned Parenthood v. Casey ‘an exercise in raw political power.’
Chief Justice John Roberts did not agree with his fellow conservatives on overturning Roe, but he did side with Mississippi prosecutors’ argument on lowering the federal abortion threshold to 15 weeks.