It’s hard to imagine anyone confusing their wife for their sister, let alone someone who is supposed to be collected and intelligent enough to be the President of the United States. But believe it or not, that is precisely what former Vice President Joe Biden did on Tuesday night while speaking to a crowd in Los Angeles.
Biden ascended the stairs to take his place at the podium, followed by his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, and his younger sister, Valerie Biden Owens. Biden, once reaching his place, waved to the crowd, took in the scenery a moment, and then began speaking, introducing both women on the stage.
He said, “It’s a good night. It’s a good night, and it seems to be getting even better. They don’t call it Super Tuesday for nothing. By the way, this is my little sister, Valerie,” gesturing to and taking his wife’s hand, “and I’m Jill’s husband,” taking the hand of his sister.
Biden quickly realized his mistake and corrected himself, exclaiming, “Oh no… You switched on me. This is my wife,” hugging his wife. Then he said, “This is my sister,” pointing to his sister. “They switched on me.”
Now, if you are anything like me, you have probably heard of the never-ending gaffes Biden seems not to be able to stop himself from saying. And as such, you probably just assumed this is another one.
Then again, you may wonder if there is any truth to his explanation of “they switched on me.” After all, the process of Biden and his female companions taking the stage happened amid a rather noisy, confusing, and generally crazy moment, with fans cheering, waving, and clapping. And to top it all off, it was the end of a very long day for the 77-year-old, likely holding a wide range of emotions, including nervousness, fear, disappointment, as well as joy and excitement.
In those circumstances, just about anyone could make a simple mistake.
But was it really? Or is this yet another sign that Biden is losing it?
Now some people on social media tried to excuse Biden’s latest blunder, saying that the two women had, in fact, switched places before Biden began speaking. If that is the case, then I completely understand. Like I said, mistakes happen.
But just to make sure, let’s go the footage taken from the night.
In the most extended video found, we can see Biden climbing the stairs. He is holding his wife’s hand, who is to his right, with him being just a few steps ahead of her. Following the two is his sister Valerie. Once on the stage, Jill Biden continues to Biden’s right, taking that side of the stage. Valerie takes the left side. And they stay there.
Now, it is assumed that maybe they had planned on doing it the opposite way, in which we could still give Biden some sort of excuse. However, that benefit of the doubt is lost when we see what he does next.
Without either woman moving or exchanging places, Biden turns around to wave at the audience. This means that while his back is to the camera, he is facing both women and can clearly see where they are standing. Joe then turns back around, and while waiting for the raucous crowd to quiet down a bit, he turns to his right and looks directly at his wife, giving her a smile.
Only after looking at his wife, Jill, does he turn around to face the camera again and begin speaking.
Never do the women switch sides. And Biden has clearly seen where they both are, more than once. So he really has no excuse.
If this were any other candidate, we might still say this amounts to nothing more than a simple mistake. After all, campaigning for the US presidency is likely only surmounted in difficulty by the job itself. But the fact of the matter is, this isn’t just another candidate. This is the gaffe king himself.
And if he can’t handle a simple noisy rally without making mistakes, how in the world is going to run this nation? What if he accidentally spouts off something to a foreign leader that could mean danger for our citizens?
If he can’t tell who his wife is, what the Declaration of Independence is, or even what office he is running for, it should lead many of us to believe that maybe he shouldn’t be considering the most stressful job in the US.