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Think about your job. Do you love it? Do you hate it?
Now imagine that your job is being the person in the White House that has to walk back the ridiculous comments of President Joe Biden. Do you like your job more now?
After another Biden speech this week The White House again had to correct comments made by the president when he mistakenly promised Americans that they could save $500 per month if they transitioned to renewable energy, The New York Post reported.
“If your home is powered by safer, cheaper, cleaner electricity like solar or heat pumps, you can save about $500 a month on average,” the president said in a speech.
On the official transcript of the speech on the White House website the claim now reads “If your home is powered by safer, cheaper, cleaner electricity, like solar or heat pumps, you can save about $500 a month [year] on average.”
In a message correcting the president’s remarks the White House said “His plan will help ensure that America creates millions of good-paying union jobs in clean, cutting-edge industries for generations to come. And it will save American families money in the immediate future – including more than $950 a year in gas savings from taking advantage of electric vehicles, and an additional $500 a year from using clean electricity like solar and heat pumps to power their homes.”
The Associated Press also did a fact check on the claim.
“The average person in the U.S. spends far less than that every month on electricity,” The AP said.
“The average electric bill for homeowners was $115 per month in 2019, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Between 2009 and 2019, the average monthly electric bill for a U.S. homeowner never surpassed $120,” it said.
“In a statement released to support his order Thursday, the White House predicted his energy plan would save people ‘$500 a year from using clean electricity like solar and heat pumps to power their homes,’” the fact check said.
“Earlier this year Biden himself promised to save ‘families an average of $500 a year by combatting climate change.’ But in an apparent fumble, he cast the savings this time as monthly,” it said.
Last week the White House had to walk back several statements that the president made.
The president ended his speech in Poland last week in what many believed to be a reference to regime change in Russia and getting rid of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
On Putin the president said, “For God’s sake this man cannot remain in power.”
Biden referring to Putin: "for god sake, this man cannot remain in power. " pic.twitter.com/rYMogy5xeb
— Kevin Tober (@KevinTober94) March 26, 2022
“This is not to be decided by Mr. Biden. It should only be a choice of the people of the Russian Federation,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in response.
The White House later explained that, “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.”
And last Friday he made a major error when speaking when he mistakenly sounded like he was informing United States troops that they would be headed to Ukraine.
“You know, with the Ukrainian people, Ukrainian people have a lot of backbone, they have a lot of guts and I’m sure you’re observing it,” the president said to members of the 82nd Airborne division in Rzeszów. “And you’re gonna see when you’re there, and some of you have been there. You’re gonna see, you’re gonna see women, young people standing, standing in the middle, in front of a damn tank, just saying I’m not leaving. I’m holding my ground. They’re incredible. But they take a lot of inspiration from us.”
“And, you know, the woman who just died, the secretary of state, used to have an expression,” he said, appearing to forget the name of the late Secretary if State Madeline Albright, “She said, ‘we are the essential nation.’ It sounds like a bit of a hyperbole but the truth of the matter is you are the organizing principle around which the rest of the free world is, the free world is moving.”
The White House quickly corrected the president’s comments, telling Andrew Feinberg of The Independent that “The President has been clear we are not sending U.S. troops to Ukraine and there is no change in that position.”
UPDATE: A @WhiteHouse spokesperson tells me: "The President has been clear we are not sending U.S. troops to Ukraine and there is no change in that position."
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) March 25, 2022
And last Thursday when the president was asked what the United States would do if Russia used chemical weapons in Ukraine, the president said, “It would trigger a response in-kind,” US News & World Report reported.
“Whether NATO would cross,” he said. “we’d make that decision at the time.”
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan explained that the U.S. has “no intention” of using chemical weapons, Fox News reported.
He explained that the president meant that “we’ll respond accordingly” and that Russia would pay a “severe price.”
“We will collect the form and nature of our response based on the nature of the action Russia takes,” he said. “And we’ll do so in coordination with our allies.”
“And I won’t go beyond that other than to say the United States has no intention of using chemical weapons, period, under any circumstances,” Sullivan maintained.