Why can’t Biden get anything right?
On Thursday (December 16th), when presenting the nation’s highest military award for valor in combat to three men, President Joe Biden stumbled over his words.
Receiving the recognition were Sgt 1st Class Christopher Celiz, Sgt 1st Class Alwyn Cashe, and Master Sgt Earl Plumlee received the awards, of which Cashe and Celiz received the honor posthumously.
However, the first mistake made during the event meant to honor these men involved the narrator, who declared Plumlee was killed in combat.
As the narrator read out the award, saying the President had “posthumously awarded in the name of Congress the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Earl D. Plumlee, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry at the risk of his life and above and beyond the call of duty,” Plumlee’s expression, as he stood beside Biden, remained stoic.
The Special Forces soldier received the honor for fighting off Taliban insurgents following an attack in 2013. According to a report, during the attack, Plumlee acted courageously, while approximately ten insurgents wearing suicide vests attacked a perimeter wall. The Special Forces soldier took on the insurgents with a pistol, killing two insurgents and delivering a wounded soldier to safety.
When President Biden introduced key military officials, he stuttered and spoke slowly, fumbling over the name and title of Secretary Austin and calling himself “Jill’s husband.”
The next mistake Biden made was when honoring Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn Cashe. Cashe had received the award for his actions in 2015. A report details how Cashe, while enduring serious burns, pulled six soldiers to safety from burning wreckage. Since the soldier received the award posthumously, the Medal of Honor was accepted by Tamara Cashe.
When honoring Cashe, the first black serviceman to receive the Medal of Honor for Military Action since the Vietnam War, Biden seemingly forgot the soldier’s name, referring to him as Chase.