I get it: Garlin Gilchrist II is a tall man.
He’s the kind of fellow who probably got called “big guy” a lot — although nowadays, one imagines he gets referred to as “Mr. Lieutenant Governor” more often than that.
Everyone deserves to have a place they call home. Grateful to have @SecFudge in Detroit to discuss the investments we can make to support more affordable housing in our communities. pic.twitter.com/5Q9pV9Cqff
— Garlin Gilchrist II (@LtGovGilchrist) October 4, 2021
On Tuesday, however, President Joe Biden referred to the man first in line to Michigan’s governorship in head-scratchingly creepy terms.
Biden was in Howell, Michigan, to pitch his “Build Back Better” spending spree at Operating Engineers Local 324, according to the Detroit Free Press. There, he was joined by Gilchrist, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the majority of Michigan’s Democratic congressional delegation.
The pull-quotes from the speech were fairly uneventful.
Quick, tell me if you’ve heard lines such as this before: “This is a blue-collar blueprint for how we restore America’s pride,” Biden said. “Other countries are speeding up and we’re falling behind. We have to speed up the pace.”
Perhaps, too, you’ve heard rhetoric such as this, where Biden pitched the $3.5 trillion spending bill as a salve that would lay to rest America’s troubled history with race:
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“Racial discrimination was a fact of life. We know how deep-rooted racism is in this country. We saw the Klan marching here in Howell … and again in recent years. It’s a never-ending battle,” Biden said, according to the Free Press.
“The challenge of the day is one of economic competition. Let’s learn from that history. Not because it was perfect — because Americans then did what we need to do now: Invest in ourselves to show the world that American democracy works.”
This was a pro forma Biden speech, the kind he too often gives in his sleep. The problem with that is, when the president has to stray from empty platitudes, you get moments such as this shout-out to Gov. Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Gilchrist:
After introducing Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Joe Biden thanks the lieutenant governor,