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Biden Finally Speaks on Hawaii and Botches It Badly


It was a pretty horrible thing to report on when Joe Biden was asked about the death toll in Maui from the horrific fire on Sunday, and he coldly said, “No comment.” Then video came out that showed on top of that, Biden smirked. If there’s one time when you should show empathy without holding back, it’s when a disaster has affected many Americans. But it was as though Biden couldn’t be bothered when he was on vacation. That death toll has increased now to 110, with hundreds still unaccounted for, so it’s likely to rise still more.

We’ve seen this from him before, such as when things began to spiral out of control at the start of that weekend when Afghanistan fell to the Taliban. But Joe Biden was on vacation, so he couldn’t be bothered to address it until Monday. Forget about the 3 a.m. call. He can’t even respond to the broad daylight question days later.

Biden finally did make a public comment regarding the fire on Tuesday during another event. But even that he managed to botch badly, seeming to forget the name Maui or be confused about where the fire was.

“I apologize because I try very hard to keep my speeches between 15 and 18 minutes, but I got to talk a little bit about Hawaii,” Biden said as he began a speech that was supposed to tout his own economic policies. [….]

“The Army helicopters helped fire suppression efforts on the Big Island because there’s still some burning on the Big Island — not the one that, not the one where you see on television all the time,” he said, mixing up Hawaii, known as the Big Island, and Maui.

Again, if he’s going to talk about the fire, can’t he even get where it happened straight? Yet, he again shows that he can’t be bothered when he can’t.

Biden said he and his wife Jill intended to visit once they wouldn’t get in the way, but he wasn’t prepared to set a date. Then his people turned around and said on Wednesday that he would be going on Monday, thus after his next vacation in Lake Tahoe at the end of the week.

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