‘The president was talking from the center’: Karine Jean-Pierre’s weird protection when requested if Biden, 80, repeating the identical story – word-for-word


By Nikki Schwab, Senior U.S. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com

21:41 22 Sep 2023, up to date 22:40 22 Sep 2023

  • Karine Jean-Pierre mentioned Friday that President Joe Biden was ‘talking from the center’ when he advised the identical story on the identical occasion practically word-for-word 
  • Biden twice talked about how former President Donald Trump’s response to the racial unrest in Charlottesville motivated him to run for president in 2020
  • The flub comes as a super-majority of Individuals have expressed that the 80-year-old chief wouldn’t be efficient in a second time period  



White Home press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre mentioned Friday that President Joe Biden was ‘talking from his coronary heart’ when he repeated the identical story twice at a Wednesday night time fundraiser in New York Metropolis. 

Jean-Pierre was twice requested Friday about Biden’s flub – mentioned in a room with out cameras rolling however with a number of journalists current as a result of guidelines about masking 2024 finance occasions. 

A pool report from the occasion, held at meals safety skilled Amy Goldman Fowler’s house, famous that Biden talked about how the white supremacist rally – and former President Donald Trump’s response to it – in Charlottesville in August 2017 impressed him to run for the White Home within the 2020 cycle. 

‘A couple of minutes later, he advised the story once more, practically phrase for phrase,’ the pool report mentioned. 

NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell requested Friday, ‘Is it any concern that he would absolutely retell a narrative in the identical house on the identical occasion?’ as polls present {that a} super-majority of Individuals are fearful that Biden, 80,  would not be efficient via a second time period.

White Home press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre mentioned Friday that President Joe Biden was ‘talking from his coronary heart’ when he repeated the identical story twice at a Wednesday night time fundraiser in New York Metropolis

‘Typically I re-speak as effectively from right here and retell a narrative,’ Jean-Pierre mentioned with fun.  

‘However look, I feel it is essential to notice that the president was talking, as you mentioned at a fundraiser and he was talking from his coronary heart,’ she continued. ‘He was talking about why he is determined to do that.’

‘And also you hear the president speak about this, it is at all times extremely emotional for him. Trigger he did not must. He went via an extremely tough time when he was deciding to leap into the race,’ she added. 

Biden determined to not run for president in 2016 because of the freshness of dropping his son Beau to mind most cancers the yr earlier than. 

The president has mentioned many instances that Trump’s ‘very tremendous folks’ remark – seemingly equating the group of KKK members, neo-Nazis and white supremacists who descended on Charlottesville to the counter-protesters – inspired him to leap again into politics. 

President Joe Biden speaks at a gun security occasion on Friday. On Wednesday he repeated the identical story twice at a fundraiser in New York Metropolis the place cameras weren’t current within the room – although was attended by a small pool of journalists masking him

‘He noticed, you recognize, as anyone who served as senator, as anyone who served as vp, what was happening on this nation underneath the final president,’ Biden mentioned. 

Jean-Pierre additionally famous that she had not requested Biden concerning the gaffe. 

‘I’ve not spoken to the president about it, definitely,’ she advised reporters. 

However she talked concerning the ‘ardour that he has when he tells that story.’ 

‘You all noticed what we noticed at Charlottesville, it was devastating,’ Jean-Pierre. 

One counter-protester, 32-year-old Heather Heyer, was moved over and killed by a automobile pushed by a white nationalist. 

‘He spoke to that passionately – and that is why he is on this, he is on this as a result of he believes he may also help transfer this nation ahead in a approach that brings it to its finest,’ Jean-Pierre added. 

Fox Information’ Peter Doocy was the primary reporter within the briefing room to deliver up Biden speaking about Charlottesville on the identical occasion, telling the story practically word-for-word. 

‘What’s up with that?’ he requested the press secretary. 

To him, Jean-Pierre mentioned she wanted to watch out speaking concerning the occasion – because it was a marketing campaign fundraiser – as she would possibly violate the Hatch Act. 

‘Look the president was making very clear why he determined to run in 2019,’ she mentioned. ‘I am not going to talk to feedback that have been made and through a marketing campaign occasion, however I can definitely converse to why the president is president right now and why he determined to tackle this job.’

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