Whoever in the White House had the bright idea of putting Biden on stage to talk about healthcare yesterday must have gotten fired, as his speech was an absolute disaster. Not only was there the bit where he struggled enough when trying to mumble out a sentence that the audience roared with laughter at his expense, but there was also the part where he launched into a creepy story about a nurse of his.
Speaking on that, Biden said “I had a nurse named Pearl Nelson. She’d come in and do things I don’t think you learn in nursing school. She’d whisper in my ear, I couldn’t understand her, but she’d whisper and she’d lean down and actually breathe on me to make sure there was a human connection.”
So that was more than a tad uncomfortable…watch Biden tell that story here:
President Joe Biden: “I had a nurse named Pearl Nelson… She’d come in and do things I don’t think you learn in nursing school, She’d whisper and she’d lean down and actually breathe on me to make sure there was a human connection.” pic.twitter.com/eBVSKTL24U
— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) February 28, 2023
Lest you think that’s a deep fake, here’s the transcript provided by the White House Briefing Room, showing that he did indeed tell that super creepy story about Pearl breathing on him:
And, by the way, you docs are good, but if there’s any angels in Heaven, they’re all nurses — male and female. You know why? You guys let us — you guys make us — allow us to live. Nurses make you want to live. I’m not joking.
You lie there in the ICU, which I’ve done for a long time, and you look at those machines. And you know, if the line goes flat, that it’s over. But you just get tired. You don’t care.
When I was at Walter Reed all that time, after a couple of craniotomies, I was lying there. And I had a nurse named Pearl Nelson, military. She’d come in and do things that I don’t think you learn in medical scho- — in nursing school. (Laughter.) She’d whisper in my ear. I didn’t — couldn’t understand her, but she’d whisper, and she’d lean down. She’d actually breathe on me to make sure that I was — there was a connection, a human connection.
She even went home and brought back her pillow from her own bed because they didn’t — knew the one I had wasn’t comfortable.
Then Biden accused “MAGA Republicans” of wanting people to suffer from medical maladies and medical bills, along with wanting to eliminate healthcare coverage, saying:
My plan that’s in stark contrast to not — by the way, there’s an awful lot of really good Republicans, but the MAGA Republicans are a different breed of cat. No, they’re not bad or good. It’s just very — they’re very different. There’s kind of like, in my view, sort of two Republican parties.
And I’ve served a long time. Some of my closest — as that joke goes, but not a joke — my closest friends in government have been my Republican colleagues in the Senate. And folks in Congress, they want to eliminate a lot of healthcare coverage — those MAGA Republicans — increase costs for millions of Americans, and make deep cup- — cuts in programs that families and seniors depend on. And that’s what’s at stake now.
Biden also attacked Republicans for demanding fiscal responsibility, saying:
“Again, sadly, the MAGA Republicans — the Congress or — or those in Congress who threaten to undo the gains — they want to do away with the Affordable Care Act. Some threaten to default on the national debt unless I accept certain economic plans.
“Now, let me explain the national debt. You all know — we think we all know it. It’s the accumulated debt over 200 years. Every year it’s accumulated, over 200 years. The federal government has never, ever once reneged on that debt. We’ve never questioned our credit. And guess what? Let’s remember the last administration increased the federal debt by 25 percent. The 200-year debt — in four years, they increased it by 25 percent. Two hundred years.
“And, folks, how did Congress respond? Well, quite frankly, they did the only responsible thing: They paid the debt. They voted three times to keep paying America’s bills to pay the debt without preconditions without a crisis.”
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