Former Obama defense secretary tries to explain Biden's latest gaffe

Former Obama defense secretary tries to explain Biden's latest gaffe

Former CIA chief and Obama Defense Secretary explains away Biden’s fiery unscripted remark calling for Putin’s removal on president being IRISH – weeks after Biden made a joke about it

  • Former Obama Defense Secretary and CIA Chief Leon Panetta excused Biden’s latest gaffe over the weekend as he called for regime change in Russia 
  • In interview on CNN, Panetta, who is Italian-American, blamed Biden’s Irish roots
  • Joe Biden went after Vladimir Putin in emotional address in Warsaw on Saturday, stating ‘for god’s sake this man cannot remain in power’ 
  • The White House was also forced to quickly clean up Biden’s remark 
  • ‘The President’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region,’ a White House official said 
  • Earlier this month, President Biden spoke at a traditional St. Patrick’s Day where he a joked saying ‘I may be Irish but I am not stupid’, before attacking Putin

Leon Panetta, a defense secretary under President Barack Obama, pointed to Joe Biden’s Irish heritage to explain away the president’s latest gaffe in declaring Russian President Vladimir Putin ‘cannot remain in power’ over the weekend,  essentially calling for regime change. 

‘I can understand his emotional feel about Putin not staying in office. I think a lot of people would probably agree with that. But at this point in the game, you really have to keep your messages very simple and very direct, and I think this created some confusion that wasn’t helpful,’ Panetta said during an interview on CNN. 

‘I happen to think that Joe Biden, you know, he’s Irish, really has a great deal of compassion when he sees that people are suffering. And I think it overwhelmed him in the sense of seeing all of the horrors that were resulting from this war.

‘So, you know, from a personal point of view, I understand why he said it. But at the same time, when you’re President of the United States, you just have to be disciplined to make sure you don’t make comments that ultimately have to be clarified by the White House,’ Panetta went on.

Panetta, the son of Italian immigrants, was ridiculed on social media for using Biden’s heritage to excuse his unscripted remark. 

Biden made the controversial comment while on an overseas trip to Poland as Russia wages war on neighboring Ukraine. 

On Monday, Biden attempted to distance himself from his own comments by saying that he did not call for regime change or that Putin should not be in power.  

Former Obama Defense Secretary and CIA Chief Leon Panetta excused Biden’s latest gaffe over the weekend as he called for regime change in Russia

In interview on CNN, Panetta who is Italian-American blamed Biden’s Irish roots

President Joe Biden refused to walk back his Saturday comments about not allowing President Vladimir Putin of Russia to stay in power, but faced a barrage of questions from reporters

Panetta’s excuse for the president’s bluster didn’t hold much water with those on social media.

‘I’m Irish & I take offense to Leon Panetta blaming Biden’s gaffe on his Irish side. That’s B.S. Biden’s been in Washington for almost FIFTY YEARS & HE’S AN IDIOT WHO DOESN’T KNOW WHAT HE’S DOING! If his intention is to ruin this country, he’s definitely succeeding!,’ wrote one irked user. 

‘Leon Panetta says on CNN that Biden’s gaffe in Europe about regime change came about because Biden is Irish, and his instinct to internalize human suffering may have overwhelmed him to the point where he was not careful about what he said. Biden needs more discipline Panetta says,’ wrote journalist Gordon Lubold in a considered response. 

‘Leon Panetta said Biden made the Putin gaffe because he’s Irish? They are really grasping at straws aren’t they? Lol. What will they come up with next,’ wrote Sandra Guiff.

Biden delivered his controversial remarks right at the end of his three-day trip to Europe, at the end of a speech in the Polish capital Warsaw on Saturday. The White House then had to walk back his comments and insisted he wasn’t advocating for regime change 

The U.S. president alarmed allies and partners on Saturday when he said at the end of a speech in Warsaw: ‘For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.’

‘Leon Panetta must have signed the gang of 50 Russian disinformation letter because he is Italian. Gimme a break,’ stated BP Costello.

‘I didn’t realize Leon Panetta was an authority on the Irish mind. Does Biden drink too? Does he care about the suffering of an unborn child being abortion? Does he care about the light of Americans his policies have caused? Inflation? Energy costs? Tell Panetta to GFY,’ said Horace Head.  

‘Panetta has always been a feckless fool. But it took 30 years of stupidity for the rest of us to see it,’ wrote another. 

During a verbal attack on Putin earlier this month, Biden brought his own Irish roots to the fore.  

Biden ramped up his attacks on the Russian leader, a day after finally calling him a war criminal, in remarks that started with him going through his Irish heritage at the annual Friends of Ireland Luncheon.

‘Father before I begin, bless me, father I’m about to sin,’ Biden said while speaking at the Friends of Ireland Luncheon. 

‘I just want you to know, I may be Irish but I’m not stupid. I married Dominic Giacoppo’s daughter,’ he quipped, referencing the Sicilian name of Jill Biden’s father, Donald Jacobs. 

He then turned to upping his rhetoric on Putin and said he is a ‘murderous dictator, a pure thug who is waging an immoral war against the people of Ukraine’. 

Social media users were appalled that Leon Panetta would bring Biden’s Irish roots to explain away any of his gaffe’s over Russia

While Biden was still out of the country, the White House quickly walked back his comments on Putin’s removal. 

‘The president’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region. He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change,’ the White House said. 

On Monday, Biden further distanced himself as he attempted to clarify his earlier comments.   

‘I was expressing my outrage at the behavior of this man,’ Biden said. He said the that Putin’s behavior was ‘outrageous’ and he was uttering ‘more an aspiration than anything.’   

During a St. Patrick’s Day speech, Biden quipped: ‘I may be Irish but I am not stupid’ 

President Joe Biden called Vladimir Putin a ‘murderous dictator and pure thug’ in his St Patrick’s Day speech

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