It seems like Ol’ Uncle Joe doesn’t know much about the internet.
Usually, America doesn’t have an issue with this.
If worst comes to worst, they can give him an old Commodore 64 and inform him that’s an ultra secret computer only he can use, then let him putter along on it until he grows tired and/or goes to sleep. Yes, I imagine the White House IT staff probably have their hands full with President Biden, but that’s their problem. Give him an old laptop from your son Hunter, if you prefer. Even those are no longer functional.
Sadly, that became our issue on Monday. That’s because Miguel Cardona, the secretary of education, and Biden were in the White House to announce the launch of the student loan forgiveness web portal’s beta edition.
Not that Biden actually understands what a web site or a beta test are. But pr people do, and a White House transcript indicates that they at least managed to give him enough material to read from the teleprompter so that he could get through the most of it without sounding like grandpa trying to access his AOL dial-up account.
“At the end of my remarks, I’m going to officially launch this new app – new application site at StudentAid.gov. StudentAid.gov,” Biden added.
“You’ll be able to fill out your name, Social Security number, date of birth, and contact information. No forms to upload. No special log-in to remember. It’s available in English and in Spanish, on desktop and mobile.”
It’s so simple that even President Biden can do it.
But when he warned them about scammers who might attempt to take advantage of loans, things got a little ugly.
“If you get a call pretending they’re from the government trying to help you with your loans, let’s be clear: Hang up,” he advised.
Biden advised people to go to ReportFraudDOTFTC.gov to report such calls if they do occur.
Of course, the website he sent them to does not exist.
The nation’s commander-in-chief, who is in charge of fortifying the country against cyberattacks and establishing its tech policy, didn’t know any better than to pronounce the word “dot” as if it were a part of the website URL.
But despite being unable to employ the tried-and-true justification of a “childhood stammer,” the Biden supporters weren’t letting up on this one.
One Twitter user theorized, “Dot is probably department of transportation since ftc followed dot.”
Joe Biden spells out the letters in “dot,” as in the punctuation, while reading the name of a website off the teleprompter.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) October 17, 2022
Sadly, not really:
Dot is probably department of transportation since ftc followed dot
— Rent Free (@reversealgorith) October 17, 2022
Of course, this wasn’t the only strange occurrence during the president’s address. Nobody informs Joe Biden when he’s through fumbling, and the president needn’t even speak for things to become awkward.
At the conclusion of his statements, Biden was questioned by a reporter about if the administration would also forgive private student loans, as only federal loans are currently covered by the relief plan.
The questioner appeared to have pressed the pause button on Biden, who performed a Marcel Marceau impression as Cardona provided the response:
Why does it look like someone hit the pause button on Biden?
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) October 17, 2022
More on this story via The Western Journal:
Everything is totally fine with this man. Tip-top health, both physically and mentally. Sharp as a tack.
At least the White House transcribers were able, yet again, to fix Biden’s gaffe on the URL. “If you get any questionable calls, please tell us by going to ReportFraud — ReportFraud — d-o-t — FTC.gov. [ReportFraud.FTC.gov],” the official transcript reads. CONTINUE READING…