In a recent speech at the Red Butte Airfield in Arizona, President Joe Biden found himself embroiled in another verbal slip-up, mistakenly referring to the Grand Canyon as one of the “nine” wonders of the world. Here’s the full story.
The Verbal Mishap
The gaffe, which occurred during a speech focused on his administration’s climate agenda, prompted discussions about Biden’s history of verbal missteps and inaccuracies.
The Ninth Wonder
While extolling the significance of the Grand Canyon as a national treasure, Biden said, “The Grand Canyon, one of the Earth’s nine wonders, wonders of the world, literally.
Think of that. You know, it’s amazing. An enduring symbol of America to the entire world.”
This statement, however, contained multiple inaccuracies, exposing Biden’s tendency to mix up details and historical facts.
The official list of world wonders includes man-made structures such as the Great Wall of China, Chichén Itzá in Mexico, Petra in Jordan, Machu Picchu in Peru, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil, the Colosseum in Italy, and the Taj Mahal in India.
Biden’s assertion of “nine” wonders reflects an inaccurate tally, highlighting the slip in his remarks.
This Is Not the First Time
This incident is not an isolated occurrence in Biden’s public speaking history. The President has had a series of verbal missteps and factual errors.
In fact, Biden himself once humorously referred to his propensity for such mistakes, dubbing himself a “gaffe machine.”
Ukraine and Iraq Mixup
His June mix-up of the ongoing war in Ukraine with the concluded Iraq War is another example of his well-documented history of verbal misstatements.
Biden Tried to Correct Himself
Following his Grand Canyon mistake, Biden attempted to rectify his error by stating that he had meant to say “seven” instead of “nine.”
Biden said, “The first time I saw the Grand Canyon, years ago, I was a young senator. As I stood there and looked out, a phrase came to mind, it was instinctive, I said this must be, this is God’s cathedral. That’s what it reminded me of. It just is so magnificent.”
“As a matter of fact, I said nine, it’s one of the seven wonders of the world,” he added.
Along the Lines of Trying to Steal an Election…
Several social media users shared their views on the incident.
One Twitter user wrote, “Yeah, on a level with say… trying to steal an election or hide classified documents that are like. Massive.”
Another user commented, “Just leave him at the canyon, he can chat to his echo for the next few months.”
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