Biden SOTU gaffes: Calls Majority Leader Chuck Schumer the 'minority' leader
During his second State of the Union address, President Biden on Tuesday night began by calling Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer the Senate "minority" leader, commenting on how he had a "slightly bigger majority."
Biden made the gaffe as he introduced Schumer at the beginning of his address.
He later said that an oil executive told him that oil would only be needed for 10 more years. Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle rejected the statement, as it drew hisses and shock from the crowd.
Last year, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm called for oil and gas companies to increase their outputs as oil prices reached their highest level in over a decade. She said that doing so doesn't undercut the Biden administration's efforts to pursue long-term clean energy goals.
The president also fumbled over a line about Chief Justice John Roberts giving a ruling of whether he could go to a football game.
Biden mentioned that 16 million people are enrolled in the Affordable Care Act, and, "Thanks to the law I signed last year, saving millions and saving $800 a year on their premiums."
While discussing law enforcement and the death of Tyre Nichols in Memphis, Biden referred to him as "Tyler."
"Let's commit ourselves to make the words of Tyler's mom true: something good must come from this," Biden said.
Nichols died after an altercation with local police during which he sustained fatal injuries.
A father from New Hampshire who lost his daughter to a fentanyl overdose was a guest at the State of the Union address. Biden said he "wrote Jill, my wife, a letter, and me, as well, about his courageous daughter, Courtney, her contagious laugh, his sister's best friend - her sister's best friend."
Biden, at 80, is the oldest president to give a State of the Union address.