Joe Biden was in Philadelphia today at the 30th Street Amtrak station to recognize Amtrak’s 50th Anniversary and to push for his $2.3 trillion infrastructure bill, according to CBS.
Biden has a long relationship with Amtrak. For the years that he was in Congress and in the White House, he would often take Amtrak back and forth from Washington, D.C. to Delaware. He’s proposing $80 billion dedicated specifically to Amtrak as part of the infrastructure plan.
But as Biden was talking about that history and what he did with Amtrak under Barack Obama, he started rambling. You can see he closes the book with the prepared remarks he just delivered, then starts speaking off the cuff. That’s when he gets into trouble.
“When I was Vice President with Barack, he allowed me to put together a budget for Amtrak and it had money for high-speed rail at 200 MPH, from…Charlotte, another line going from…in Florida, down to Tampa, another line — if we had moved…we’d have that tunnel fixed in New York now.”
I’m sorry, this is gobbledegook. He clearly lost his train of thought. He doesn’t appear to understand Tampa is in Florida, and I have no idea what a tunnel in New York has to do with a train presumably going through Florida.
People tried to figure it out, but it was definitely a challenge.
Let’s play more of what the heck did he just say? Someone want to fact-check this nonsense? If you’re able to decipher what he says?
Now, this one, fair warning, Biden imitates an Italian accent and pinches his own cheek.
What must foreign leaders think of all this? Is this what going off the rails looks like?