Last Friday, President Joe Biden caused a bit of confusion after closing his speech on gun control by saying, “God save the Queen, man.”
The president’s comment confused even the reporters that were covering his speech at the University of Hartford in Connecticut.
Dallas Morning News Washington Bureau Chief Todd Gillman wrote in a pool report that he didn’t have any idea why Biden closed his speech that way, nor did any other reporter in the pool.
Faced with questions over the odd closing, Deputy Press Secretary Olivia Dalton told reporters that the president’s comment was directed at somebody in the crowd.
In its report on Biden’s bizarre remark, the outlet Axios took the “Republicans pounce” approach to why Biden’s “God save the Queen” remark matters.
According to Axios, those dreaded Republicans are bound to “weaponize” Biden’s comment as a way to imply that he is “in mental decline.” The outlet argued against such an implication, by noting that Biden has a history of “using unique phrases” that even his aides don’t understand.
The outlet noted that Biden made the same comment in January 2017 after certifying Donald Trump’s election victory.
To get to the bottom of why Biden would say, “God save the Queen,” Axios spoke with some current and former aides. While some admitted that they didn’t know why Biden would say it, others offered different explanations, including suggesting that it may have been sarcastic.
According to Axios, another one of Biden’s bizarre phrases is “lying, dog-faced pony soldier,” which he used against a New Hampshire voter during the 2020 campaign. At the time, Biden claimed that the line is from a film starring John Wayne. However, no such line exists.
Axios concludes its report by arguing that while there are legitimate concerns over Biden’s age, making bizarre comments like “God save the Queen,” is “just Biden being Biden.”