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Biden on Putin "For God's Sake, this Man Cannot Remain in Power"

Biden made a controversial comment and now his staff tries to backtrack on Biden's statement.
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"For God's sake, this man cannot remain in power," president Joe Biden forcefully declared in a speech at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland.

"My message to the people of Ukraine is ... we stand with you. Period," said Biden, in a speech delivered in front of the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland.

What Biden Allegedly Meant 

A White House official attempted to walk back Biden’s statement. “The president’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region. He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change.”

What?! 

That is one hell of an amazing twist on the unmistakably clear expression of an idea. 

Would Someone Please Shut This Man Up

James Freeman at the Wall Street Journal was more polite than my subtitle above.

Freeman says The President Should Avoid Public Speaking

Some issues are just too important to be left to an unscripted Joe Biden. This is not CNN and your humble correspondent is not a doctor so this column will not be offering a long-distance diagnosis of the president’s mental health or an assessment of how his cognition compares to that of other world leaders. But these are dangerous times and we would all be much safer if Mr. Biden would make greater use of prepared statements on subjects such as, for example, weapons of mass destruction.

Freeman gives an example of a reply Biden made to a reporter on chemical weapons. 

Q ... And to clarify, on chemical weapons: Could — if chemical weapons were used in Ukraine, would that trigger a military response from NATO?

THE PRESIDENT: It would re- — it would trigger a response in kind, whether or not — you’re asking whether NATO would cross; we’d make that decision at the time.

A response in kind? That implies chemical weapons. 

However, it's reasonably clear Biden did not mean what he said. But his staff was forced to walk the statement back. 

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Kudos to Freeman

Freeman wrote his post on March 25, yesterday. 

Biden made his statement in Poland today. A tip of the hat to Freeman for advance notice on an excellent idea. 

Biden's staff needs to go out of its way to discourage the president from unscripted public speaking. 

Note that Jen Psaki, the White House Press Secretary, does an excellent job of covering up for Biden, explaining what he meant, and also ducking reporter questions. 

This observation leads to a couple of Mish suggestions.

Mish Proposals 

  • Can we put a Biden mask on Psaki and send her on tour? 
  • How about we have Psaki stand right next to Biden and immediately translate what he says?

If those suggestions won't fly, then politely or impolitely Biden's staff somehow need to figure out how to stop Biden from making impromptu speeches.  

One of my readers offered this alternate suggestion: "The answer to how to deal with Biden's loose mouth is contained in the title of your post: Man Cannot Remain in Power."

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