Joe Biden gave the United States Men’s National Team a pep talk before their match against Wales Monday, leaving a wake of smirks and giggles in the locker room before players headed out to the pitch.
Noticeably missing from the kits of the players was a rainbow flag, which was supposed to be donned in support of the LGBT+ agenda. Apparently leftist’s woke virtue signaling only gets you so far in religiously conservative, albeit oppressive, Middle Eastern countries.
Take a look as the octogenarian Biden hops on the phone and does his best to inspire greatest from world class athletes:
Joe Biden called the US Men’s National Team before their World Cup game🇺🇸
What do we think of Joe’s pep talk? 🤔pic.twitter.com/oF2Kk66Uis
— OutKick (@Outkick) November 21, 2022
You guys, I know you’re the underdog, but tell you what man you got some of the best players in the world on your team and you’re representing this country and I know you’re gonna play your hearts out, so let’s go shock them all.
Keep trust in one another, play as hard as you can. And you know for you and your families, your teammates, and and the whole country is rooting for you…I wish I was there to see you. I really do. Go get them guys, just play your hearts out.
My first take was actually “wow, he didn’t mess that up as much as he could have.” I think we all know what that says about our sitting Commander-in-Chief when the takeaway is “that could have been worse,” but what are you going to do.
Biden is obligated to make these phone calls and for as much flak as he rightfully gets, he didn’t fail this one miserably. It would have been something else if he said go throw a touchdown and hit a home run for Jill, but he didn’t. He managed to actually insert some levity – introducing himself by jokingly saying “put me in I’m ready to play” – before offering the requisite rah-rahs.
Twitter had much the same reaction. It most hovered in the range of being shocked, with a few jokes interspersed. Some of the “shocked” comments read:
Actually shocked me, the most normal and well spoken I’ve ever seen him lol
Least embarrassing moment of the “presidency”
Actually a pretty good talk
And then a few pointed out that Biden doesn’t get a pass just for making it through a softball phone call:
Nice message but that was scripted too. The guy cannot say anything without it being written down.
I’m actually impressed he got through that whole scripted call without messing it up.
A few others just cut right to the heart of the matter.
Biden said he expects at least 5 home runs, with bases loaded, from them.
The players sounded like they were ready to run through a wall!
Anyone that watched the video could see that the players were not in the least impressed. They politely clapped and said hello, but the looks on their faces were anything but genuinely touched. Look, these guys spend their entire lives for this moment and were about to compete against Wales in the opening match of the World Cup; they didn’t need Joe Biden to help them figure out what to do.
Moreover, they definitely didn’t need the fumbling, stumbling, bumbling Joe Biden to make it happen. I don’t know their politics, but they handled the call with class.
*As of this writing, the USMNT was leading 1-0 halfway through their match with Wales.
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