Five viral moments from Biden’s State of the Union
(Hill) – President Biden delivered his first Coalition speech on Tuesday in the shadow of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, soaring inflation and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
However, the address is also notable for its many viral moments, from an audience praising the president to a standing ovation for a retired Supreme Court justice.
Here are the biggest viral moments of Biden’s speech.
Biden’s big gaffe
Biden made a notable slip in his big speech when he called Ukrainians “Iranians.”
The indiscretion appeared at the beginning of his speech as he spoke to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin for launching an invasion of Ukraine. Even as his praise for the Ukrainian people drew bipartisan acclaim, his tongue-in-cheek act went unnoticed by those on social media.
Biden’s official transcript shows he meant to say “Putin may surround Kyiv with tanks, but he will never capture the hearts and souls of the Ukrainian people.” Instead, he said that “Putin may surround Kyiv with tanks, but he will never capture the hearts and souls of the Iranian people.”
The comments were shared widely on Twitter, including the House Judiciary GOP account, which tweeted: “Iranians?”
Schumer Shows His Enthusiasm for Biden’s Speech
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer(D-NY)’s overzealous response to Biden sent Twitter into overdrive after he started his rant a little earlier.
“Unlike the two trillion tax cuts passed in the previous administration that benefited the top one percent of Americans,” Biden said of his predecessor, the former President Trumpin his comments.
The camera cuts through Schumer, who stands alone while Biden is midway through, clapping his hands. He looked across the aisle with a grin, and then sat down.
Biden continued, saying, “The Rescue America Plan helped rescue people and left no one behind.”
Schumer shot out of the chair again, this time joined by many of his Democratic colleagues, who began to give Biden thunderous applause.
Schumer’s false start was widespread shared on social media as Biden’s speech continued, with many calling for his awkward moment to be ‘gif’ immediately. Republican House of Representatives Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), in response to the viral moment, tweeted, “we’re all trying to understand Joe Biden’s time fumbling and muttering…”
Boebert backs Biden’s speech
Answer. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) Repeatedly whistled President Biden during his State of the Union address and at one point shouted that Biden had put American troops in the coffin, “13 of them.”
Biden ignored that comment and instead went on to talk about American veterans being exposed on burn pits. He mentioned his son, Beau Biden, who died of cancer after serving in Iraq near the burn pits.
Her comments were met with boos from Democrats. Many of her fellow Republicans appear to have ignored the exchange.
However, this was not the only time Boebert interrupted him during his speech.
As Biden turns away from talking about his Supreme Court nomination for immigration reform, Boebert, along with the House of Representatives. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Begin chanting “build the wall,” while Biden continues.
She then tweeted, “I’ll say louder for those in the back: BUILD THE WALL!!!”
Boebert, who was spotted by phone during Biden’s speech, also criticized the president for his comments about vaccinating Americans.
“Why doesn’t Joe wear a Pfizer pin instead of the flag? We should know who he’s really working for,” Boebert tweeted.
Breyer’s final hurdle
Supreme Court Judge Stephen BreyerThe response to a standing ovation from members of Congress prompted a string of comments and posts.
Breyer, who is retiring from the Supreme Court this summer after 27 years on the bench, was overwhelmed by the response and warm applause. Sometimes he covered his face with his hands. He also put his hand over his heart and stood up.
“Tonight, I want to honor a man who has dedicated his life to serving this country: Justice Breyer – an Army veteran, Constitutional scholar, retired Judiciary of the Courts Supreme Court of the United States,” Biden said. “Justice Breyer, thank you for your service.”
Among the many who commented on the moment was the Democratic strategist and former Bernie Sanders mentor Chuck Rocha, who tweeted “Omg Justice Breyer was lovely with his reaction.”
Biden makes ‘police funding’ trend on Twitter
President Biden received a standing ovation from members of Congress, including many Republicans, with his line being the police.
“We should all agree: The answer is not to offend the police. The answer is the police FUND. Sponsor them. Sponsor them,” he said as the audience erupted in cheers in a rare show of bipartisan support.
He called on Congress to “pass proven measures to reduce gun violence” and ban assault weapons and high-volume magazines and instead remove “the liability shield that makes manufacturers gun manufacturing becomes the only industry in America that cannot be sued” in Tuesday’s speech.
However, while Biden was cheered by Congress, many on Twitter engaged in heated debates about “shaming the police” and “funding the police”.
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