President Joe Biden took the bully pulpit Thursday at the White House to push for more gun control, slipping into his trademark misstatements, “brain freezes,” and awkward turns of phrase.
Here are seven of the strangest moments from Biden’s Rose Garden speech:
1. “Pistol” or “pencil”?
“A stabilizing brace used in a pencil [sic] essentially makes that pistol hell of a lot more accurate than many rifles,” Biden said. “As a result, it’s more lethal, effectively turning it into a short-barreled rifle.”
Joe Biden holds up his imaginary pistol with a hand brace that “essentially” turns it into a “mini rifle.” pic.twitter.com/G4SxIJ3m6K
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) April 8, 2021
2. Sorry Jill! “Our son,” not “my son”
During his speech, Biden apologized to his wife Jill Biden for referring to his deceased son Beau Biden as “my son” instead of “our son.”
“I’m proud that the