Biden Begins His Remarks in Alabama: 'Every Once in a While, I Make a Mistake…Once a Speech'

( – Speaking in Troy, Alabama on Tuesday, President Biden began his remarks with an admission that he often misspeaks. Then he went on — to misspeak.

“By the way,” Biden said at the plant that makes Javelin anti-tank weapons, “the press is always fair with me, but once — every once in a while, I make a mistake — not like — well, once a speech.”

Biden said he came to the Lockheed Martin plant “to say thank you, thank you, thank you. That’s the reason I’m here.”

“You make it possible for them to have a shot,” Biden said. “You’re allowing the Ukrainians to defend themselves,” he said later. “And, quite frankly, they’re making fools of the Russian military in many instances.”

Biden noted that the United States has “committed more than 5,500 Javelins to Ukraine. “You’re changing the nation. You really are. Add to that significant supplies from our allies and partners, as well as many thousands of other anti-tank and anti-air weapons, helicopters, armored vehicles, artillery, coastal defense systems.


“Before Russia attacked, we made sure Russia [he meant Ukraine] had Javelins and other weapons to strengthen their defenses so Ukraine was ready for whatever happened.”

Biden told the plant workers, “every worker in this facility and every American taxpayer is directly contributing to the case for freedom. And that’s something we can all be incredibly proud of, in my view.”

At the end of his speech, Biden referred to Ukrainians as Hungarians:

“And just a few days ago, the Wall Street Journal quoted a young Hungarian fighter saying, and I quote, ‘Without the Javelins, it would have been very hard to stop the enemy pushing ahead.’ End of quote.

“So these weapons, touched by the hands — your hands — are in the hands of Ukrainian heroes, making a significant difference.  And that’s something each and every day you could and should be proud of.

“And I’m once more urging Congress to quickly pass the supplemental funding bill for over $300 billion [he meant $30 billion] to help the Ukrainians so they can keep — they can keep all of the very, very — all of you very, very busy for a while here.”

The White House publishes transcripts of all Biden’s speeches, drawing lines through Biden’s mistakes and making corrections in brackets. Biden’s speech in Alabama required seven bracketed corrections.


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