Brain Freeze: Joe Biden Refers to Ongoing War in Iraq Because ‘That’s Where My Son Died’

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President Joe Biden misspoke during a speech in Florida on Tuesday, speaking about the ongoing “war in Iraq” and also claimed it was where his son died.

“Inflation is a worldwide problem right now because of a war in Iraq and the impact on oil and what Russia’s doing, excuse me, the war in Ukraine,” Biden said.

“I’m thinking of Iraq because that’s where my son died,” he added, as an excuse for the verbal slip.

Although Beau Biden served in Iraq, he did not die there. He died in 2015 at Walter Reed National Medical Center in Maryland after fighting brain cancer, six years after he served in Iraq. He was 46.

Biden frequently blames the burn pits in Iraq for causing his son’s brain cancer.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, centre right, talks with his son, U.S. Army Capt. Beau Biden, centre left, at Camp Victory on the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, July 4, 2009. Biden celebrated the Fourth of July with his son and other American troops in Iraq on Saturday, a day after warning Iraqi leaders that U.S. assistance will be jeopardized if the country reverts to ethnic and sectarian violence. Biden began Independence Day by greeting more than 200 U.S. soldiers who were becoming American citizens at a naturalization ceremony in a marble domed hall at one of Saddam Hussein's palaces at Camp Victory, the U.S. military headquarters on the outskirts of Baghdad. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed, Pool)

Then Vice President Joe Biden, center right, talks with his son, U.S. Army Capt. Beau Biden, center left, at Camp Victory on the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, July 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

The president also made this claim in October, during a speech in Colorado.

“I say this as a father of a man and won the Bronze Star, the conspicuous service medal, and lost his life in Iraq,” he said.

Biden commented on inflation and the war in Ukraine during a speech about the future of government programs such as Social Security and Medicare in Florida.

“A senator from Florida going after Medicare and Social Security!?” he asked, referring to Republican Sen. Rick Scott. “Who the hell do they think they are?”

Republicans deny any plans to cut Social Security or Medicare, but Biden has repeatedly utilized the familiar Democrat attack before the midterm elections.

The president also said the cost of groceries is high “because Putin cuttin’ off grain supplies.”

Biden spent most of his speech accusing Republicans of trying to cut or eliminate the two programs, insisting they planned to shut down the government if the president refused to cut or eliminate the programs.

He spent most of his speech expressing anger toward Republicans and concluded his speech with a final dig at his political opponents.

“God bless you all. God protect our troops and God give our Republican friends some enlightenment,” he said.


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