Biden's Multiple Gaffes in NAACP Speech Prompt Transcript Corrections

 May 21, 2024

President Joe Biden experienced a series of gaffes during a speech to the Detroit branch of the NAACP, leading to numerous corrections in the official White House transcript.

According to Western Journal, the transcript editor had to make several amendments to accurately reflect Biden's intended messages, highlighting ongoing issues with his public speaking.

Joe Biden's speech to the Detroit branch of the NAACP included multiple gaffes, necessitating extensive corrections in the official transcript. The White House had to issue numerous strikethroughs and bracketed corrections to clarify Biden's intended statements. During the speech, Biden confused the timeline of his vice presidency with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, which occurred years after his term.

Transcript Corrections Due to Public Speaking Issues

Biden's gaffes ranged from incorrect references to historical events to misstatements about his actions and mixing up words. The transcript editor worked to correct various misstatements, including wrong words and phrases. For instance, Biden mistakenly said, "And when I was vice president, things were kind of bad during the pandemic [recession]," which had to be amended.

One of the notable errors was Biden's incorrect reference to a past statement by Donald Trump about potential violence. He confused the words "bloodbath" and "bloodshed" in his criticism of Trump. Despite these issues, Biden's speech also included moments where he correctly articulated his points without needing transcript corrections.

Biden's acknowledgment of receiving an award from the NAACP and his discussion on policy impacts on the Black community were among the few parts of his speech that did not require amendments.

Gaffes Affecting Biden's Public Image and Administration

During his speech, Biden posthumously awarded civil rights leader Medgar Evers the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the few moments correctly articulated. However, the numerous gaffes and subsequent corrections highlight ongoing difficulties and perhaps the unfairness faced by White House transcript editors.

Biden's speech included criticisms of Donald Trump, particularly targeting Trump's handling of reproductive rights and his views on Capitol Hill insurrectionists. Biden stated, “[Donald Trump] brags about getting Roe v. Wade overturned. He not only denies reproductive freedom but worsens the mortality rate for black moms, who have [are] nearly three times more likely to die from pregnancy complications than a white woman.”

The numerous corrections needed in the official transcript also suggest broader implications for the administration's image and effectiveness. The corrections aimed to better represent Biden's intended messages but also drew attention to his public speaking challenges.

Broader Political Context and Implications

Biden's speech included a mix of policy discussions and personal anecdotes. He mentioned protecting and expanding the Affordable Care Act and criticized corporate landlords for keeping rents down. However, these points were often overshadowed by the need for transcript corrections.

The story touches upon the broader political context, including criticism of Donald Trump’s past actions and statements. Biden’s gaffes and the subsequent need for corrections in the transcript underline his administration's challenges in communicating effectively with the public.

“I protected and expanded the Affordable Care Act, saving millions of families $800,000 in prem- — $8,000 [$800] in — a year in premiums,” Biden said, a quote that required correction for clarity.


President Joe Biden's speech to the Detroit branch of the NAACP highlighted ongoing issues with his public speaking. The numerous gaffes necessitated extensive corrections in the official White House transcript to accurately reflect his intended messages. This incident underscores the challenges faced by the administration in maintaining a clear and effective communication strategy. Despite the corrections, Biden's speech included significant policy discussions and criticisms of former President Donald Trump. The broader implications of these public speaking issues on Biden's administration remain a topic of concern.

About Robert Cunningham

With years of experience at the forefront of political commentary, Robert Cunningham brings a blend of sharp wit and deep insight to his analysis of American principles at the Capitalism Institute.

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