Biden’s speech becomes social media hit — Analysis

Bird lands a direct hit on the US leader as he blames the country’s record inflation on Russian President Vladimir Putin

US President Joe Biden’s latest speech has quickly become a social media sensation, after he was apparently pooped on by a bird while addressing the soaring inflation in the country, which he once again blamed on Russian President Vladimir Putin and the conflict in Ukraine.

Speaking out of a barn in Menlo, Iowa, as part of his “rural infrastructure tour”, Biden announced that his administration had decided to suspend a federal rule that prohibits the sale of E15 gasoline, which contains a higher amount of ethanol, in an effort to curb rising fuel prices.

“I’m here today to talk about what we’re doing to lower costs for American families and put rural America at the center of our efforts to build a future that’s made in America,”Biden spoke out before he became struck by the sight of what appeared to be bird feces. “That’s not hyperbole!”

Biden publicly accused Russia’s counterpart of genocide during the speech. He told the audience: “Your family budget, your ability to fill up your tank, none of us should hinge on whether a dictator declares war and commits genocide a half a world away.” 

Later, he doubled his words and told journalists that he had. “called it genocide because it’s become clearer and clearer that Putin is just trying to wipe out the idea of even being Ukrainian.”

However, the outrageous accusations may not be laughable. Some social media users were unable to take the US President seriously because something that looked suspiciously like bird excrement was clearly visible on his blue suit right above the US flag pin.

Apparently, Biden himself didn’t notice the white splatter, and his staff didn’t seem to inform him, as the president continued his address and later mingled and took photos with people while still covered in apparent bird poop.

Kate Bedingfield, White House Communications Director, later took to Twitter to deny the claim that the infected material was bird excrement and instead claimed it was corn. Justin Sink, a Bloomberg reporter, agreed. “it was bits of corn flying around from the corn silo; the event was indoors.”

But whether or not it was bird poop, a number of Biden’s critics saw the incident as an opportunity to take yet another stab at the president, whose approval ratings have dropped to 41% amid the ongoing price hike in the United States.

“A bird pooped on Biden during his speech today… And I’m sure Psaki will say it was Putin’s fault,” wrote comedian Tim Young.

Biden’s latest scheme to distract attention from his disastrous policies appears not to be supported by the birds. tweeted GOP communicator Matt Whitlock.

Despite the blemish, the attendees of the speech gave the president a standing ovation, and the state’s Republican leaders praised Biden for his decision to allow the sale of E15 gas, as Iowa is the country’s leading producer of ethanol.

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