Biden Forgets: Name of Pentagon and New Secretary of Defense

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Annie Peterson | Civil Patriot

God bless him. Our new President just can’t seem to keep up. His memory fails him from time to time, and usually when there’s a camera in his face. He stumbles, he fumbles, and then he says something rather nonsensical to try to cover for what he can’t seem to remember. 

It happened a lot when he was campaigning. And, of course, it also happened back in December when he mispronounced the name of the nominee for the Dept. of Health and Human Service. (Xavier Becerra). He tried more than once, but still couldn’t get it right. 

The most recent faux pas happened this past Monday when Biden couldn’t seem to remember the word “pentagon” or the name of the name of his Defense Secretary (Lloyd Austin). He finally called him, “the guy who runs that outfit over there.” 

Outfit being the Pentagon. 

Specifically, while announcing the nomination of two female generals to lead U.S. military combatant commands, Biden said: “And I want to thank the sec — the, the, ah former general. I keep calling him general, but my, my — the guy who runs that outfit over there. I want to make sure we thank the secretary for all he’s done to try to implement what we just talked about. And for recommending these two women for promotion.”

Earlier at that same event Biden appeared to be reading from a teleprompter when he mentioned the Defense Dept. leader by his name, “Secretary Austin.”

Regarding the two women who were nominated by Biden on Monday: Air Force General Jaqueline Van Ovost was nominated to lead the U.S. Transportation Command, and Army Lt. General Laura Richardson was picked to lead the U.S. Southern Command. Both nominations will require confirmation by the Senate. 

I can’t help but think “Van Ovost” is going to be a tough name to remember, even for those who are pretty good with names. 

Look, I’ll admit it. I’m lousy with names. I have those occasional blips, too. I forget things in the spur of the moment and I sure wouldn’t like to have a camera rolling when I made a goober of myself. But these presidential blips are concerning because they happen so frequently. 

I’m not going to question the man’s state of mind. I won’t go there. I will just say that he needs cue cards. Or someone whispering in his ear. Or some sort of system to prevent these things from happening. It’s a bit. . .embarrassing. . .that the leader of our country has so many of these episodes on live TV, where they’re undeniable. 

Van Ovost. Van Ovost. Van Ovost. 

Just practicing. 

Hopefully I’ll remember it now. 



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