Biden mangles condolences to family of deceased CFO he says ‘dropped dead’

Marking the latest in a seemingly endless series of gaffes and mental misfires by the current commander in chief, President Joe Biden on Thursday grossly bungled an attempt at offering condolences to the family of a recently-deceased corporate executive, remarking to a group at the White House that the man had suddenly “dropped dead,” as Fox Business reports.

The embarrassing scenario unfolded during an event at which Biden was set to sign the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022, piece of legislation designed to lower shipping costs on American goods, and which was attended by, among other leaders, Jo-Ann Stores CEO Wade Miquelon.

While addressing the assembled crowd, Biden took a moment to speak directly to Miquelon, saying with jarring bluntness, “By the way, my sympathies to your – the family of your CFO, who dropped dead very unexpectedly,” referring to the passing of company executive Matt Susz, whose death was made public just one day prior. WATCH:

As Fox Business noted, it did not take long for the Twitterverse to erupt in dismay at Biden’s profoundly insensitive choice of words.

Reactions on social media ranged from those who quipped that the president’s turn of phrase was unlikely to make its way onto condolence greeting cards anytime soon to those who blasted his remarks as “uncouth,” “heartless,” and “very unsympathetic.”

Though countless observers were aghast by the president’s statement, Twitter user @Basser077 was not necessarily one of them, recalling that it came from the same man “who checked his watch as they wheeled flag draped coffins off a[n] airplane,” referencing an incident from last summer when Biden was accused of doing just that when the remains of soldiers killed during the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

At the time, Congressman Ronny Jackson (R-TX), who is well-known for raising serious questions about Biden’s cognitive fitness for office, declared, “Apparently our commander in chief has better things to do than honor the 13 service members who died on his watch? I’m DISGUSTED! God bless these heroes and their loved ones. They deserved better.”

It is long past time to stop excusing situations such as Biden’s Thursday misstep as nothing more than the amusing miscues of a gaffe-prone, yet affable, leader and call them out for the truly dangerous signposts of mental deterioration that they are.