President Biden erroneously promoted his vice president in a Friday speech, proclaiming “President” Kamala Harris – before claiming that humans would be able to travel commercially at 15 times the speed of a bullet in 20 years.
“Too funny aside, of course, President Harris is a proud Howard alum,” Biden said during exam remarks at South Carolina State University, repeating a blemish he has made at least twice before, most recently in March.
The wrong speech came when Democrats – including Harris and Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg – fought to replace Biden, 79, if he chooses not to seek another term in 2024.
Biden says he plans to run again, but he is already the oldest president ever, and many Democrats do not think he will run again, as opinion polls show widespread concern about his mental acuity.
Biden went on to tell graduates of the historic black college about seemingly unlikely technological advances in their lifetime – while outlining a democratic election strategy that focuses heavily on the Capitol riots and anti-racism on January 6, while his legislative agenda stalls in the middle of high inflation and a decrease in his approval ratings.
“You’ll see more change in the next 10 years than we’ve seen in the last 50 years because of the incredible, incredible change in science and technology,” Biden said. “You’ll see us travel commercially for the next 20 years at 12 to 15,000 miles per hour. Subsonic speeds, supersonic speeds – I mean, things will change.”
A bullet fired with a 9mm pistol or .22 rifle has a muzzle velocity of about 800 mph – meaning that Biden’s expected commercial transport speed would be between 15 and almost 19 times faster than a bullet fired by popular weapon models. Some weapons fire at faster bullet speeds. For example, AR-15-style semi-automatic rifles have a muzzle velocity more than twice as fast at more than 2,000 mph.
The latest supersonic commercial air option, Concorde, flew at a maximum cruising speed of 1,354 mph before retiring in 2003. The speed that Biden described on Friday is unheard of outside space exploration. The space shuttle reached a speed of about 17,500 mph to enter orbit around the Earth.
Biden also criticized his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, for his reaction to the 2017 violence between anti-racism protesters and right-wing extremist groups opposed to the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Va. He also noted Capitol riots in January when a wild crowd of Trump supporters attacked police and broke into the Capitol building itself to disrupt the Electoral College’s vote count.
“Did you ever think that in modern times you would see people come out of the fields down in Charleston – I mean Charlotte, Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia – with torches and Nazi banners and shout the most anti-Semitic and anti-black rhetoric in history?” said Biden. “Hundreds and hundreds of them. And when he was asked, he who had this job before, when he was asked what he thought about it, he said, ‘Well, there are some very good people there.’ Hell, very good people. They are racists, they are fascists. “
He continued: “And folks, that was four years ago. I never thought I would see it in my career. The violent, deadly uprising on Capitol Hill 11 months ago on January 6… I’ve talked to over 140 heads of state since I became president. Do you know what they’re asking me? “Should America succeed?”
Biden said the unrest should give graduates reason to be politically engaged.
“You can defeat hatred, but you can not eliminate it. It just slips back under a rock. And when they get oxygen from political leaders, it comes out ugly and ugly like it was before. We can not give it any oxygen. “We have to step on it. We have to react to it. It’s not who we are,” said Biden.
“It’s a minority, but if the majority does not say so, it will have a profound effect. That’s what we’ve been seeing for the last couple of years. We can not do that, we must not harbor hatred for any safe haven. “
Biden spoke of political violence when the White House accepted that his $ 2 trillion in social spending would not be passed this year as planned because Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) refused to support the package in the equally divided Senate. Manchin has cited the highest inflation in 39 years and concerns over what he calls budget “gimmicks” to underestimate the cost of the bill.