Things are getting pretty bad for Joe…
Joe Biden appeared to forget that his former running mate, Barack Obama, was America’s “last president” during a speech in New Hampshire on Friday.
The former vice president, who has worried even the staunchest of allies with his frequent lapses on the campaign trail, made the slip-up when arguing there were “natural limits” on constitutional rights like the Second Amendment.
“I’m the only guy that’s beaten the NRA, and my state is a big gun-owning state because of hunting,” Biden told voters in Laconia, New Hampshire, before touting decades-long support for gun control. In particular, Biden highlighted his work authoring the initial assault weapons ban, which was part of his controversial 1994 crime bill.
“I’m the only guy that’s beaten them twice. I got assault weapons banned for ten years, it had to be reauthorized because of hanging chads in Florida,” he said. “The last president said no, I’m not going to reauthorize it.”
The statement struck many as confusing, since the most recent former occupant of the White House, Obama, was an avid supporter of gun control, especially prohibitions on firearms utilizing high-capacity magazines.
Biden was likely referencing President George W. Bush, who in 2004 signaled he would not make renewing the 10-year-old ban a priority in an election year. Despite having publicly supported the ban in the past, Bush’s lack of enthusiasm doomed efforts at reauthorization in the then-Republican controlled Congress.
This is the second time in less than a month that Biden has appeared to forget Obama, a man he has often fondly called his “brother,” while campaigning. In August, Biden could not remember Obama’s name when invoking his administration’s legacy in dealing with Russia.
“They invaded a significant portion of another country and annexed a significant portion of it called Crimea,” Biden said when discussing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with voters in South Carolina. “He’s saying it was President — my boss — it was his fault.”