Joe Biden has accidentally revealed a cheat sheet giving him basic commands about where to sit and what to do during a meeting with wind-industry executives at the White House.
The President mistakenly showed photographers the list of instructions that said ‘take YOUR seat’, ‘YOU give brief comments’ and ‘YOU depart’.
The 79-year-old was also instructed to speak to specific attendees, ask them questions and thank them before leaving.
It is not the first time Biden appears to have been caught using a cheat sheet, with him spotted with ready-made answers for the media during a talk on Ukraine earlier this year.
Thursday’s mess up was the latest in a series of gaffes that have included him losing his balance and falling over in public as well as saying what he should not.
They have sparked major concerns for the President’s welfare and mental capacity as he approaches 80 despite the White House shooting down questions over his health.
The President mistakenly showed photographers the list of instructions that said ‘take YOUR seat’, ‘YOU give brief comments’ and ‘YOU depart’
The 79-year-old was also instructed to speak to specific attendees, ask them questions and thank them before leaving the room
During the meeting with wind-industry executives in the Roosevelt Room at the White House, Biden flashed the eight-point plan for how to conduct himself to photographers.
Rather than refer to ‘The President’ by name, whoever typed up the note had clearly intended it to be for presidential eyes only and instead referred to Biden as ‘YOU’, in bold, upper case lettering.
The detailed instructions were titled ‘Offshore Wind Drop-By Sequence of Events’ and told Biden to ‘enter the Roosevelt Room and say hello to participants.’
The strip of paper told him to sit down: ‘YOU take YOUR seat’, it instructed. The note then told the president to speak once the reporters had been brought into the room: ‘YOU give brief comments (2 minutes).’
After the reporters departed, Biden was told to speak to some of those present at the meeting. ‘YOU ask Liz Shuler, President, AFL-CIO, a question’ and then ‘YOU thank participants’ and ‘YOU depart.’
The meeting went down without further incident but afterwards eagle-eyed photographers quickly realized what the President had revealed.
President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, on Thursday, with governors, labor leaders, and private companies launching the Federal-State Offshore Wind Implementation Partnership
Biden points to a wind turbine size comparison chart during a meeting about the Federal-State Offshore Wind Implementation Partnership in the Roosevelt Room of the White House
Biden has continued to use such notes throughout his presidency and they are sometimes handed to him during very public moments.
Last July, an aide handed him note stating: ‘Sir, there is something on your chin.’ It alerted the president there had been something on his face for roughly the first 10 minutes of his virtual meeting.
He had a yellow dot below his mouth, but he carried on talking. He was then handed a note, prompting him to wipe his chin and look at his hand.
Biden again held the note so that it was available for all reporters and photographers to read. The note was only visible because Biden used the same notecard to scribble notes during the meeting.
Earlier this year, Biden was mocked for using a printed ‘cheat sheet’ of answers to expected questions when he faced the media to discuss the Ukraine war.
The notes read: ‘If you weren’t advocating for regime change, what did you mean? Can you clarify?’ Another read: ‘Is this now threatening to splinter unity with your NATO allies?’
Biden already had an answer prepared on the printed card: ‘No. NATO has never been more united.’ He regularly uses cue cards, and was photographed frequently with them during the campaign trail before taking office.
He would often take from his pocket the daily totals of Covid cases, which he referenced regularly. He also used them to give precise details at a Town Hall before the election, as he fielded a question about taxes.
‘I carry this card with me,’ Biden said, referencing the card. He used several cheat sheets during his first presidential press conference, including one with the headshots and names of reporters he planned to call on.
Biden also utilized notes during a 2021 summit with Putin, while touring the damage of Hurricane Ida in Louisiana and while calling on reporters at the G20 summit in Rome.
President Biden was prompted to wipe a yellow mark from his face during a Zoom meeting with state governors on Friday after a staffer handed him a note saying: ‘Sir, there is something on your chin’
He showed up the note to the camera during the Zoom conference last July
Images taken during President Joe Biden’s first press conference in March 2021 showed him using cheat sheets including one that showed the headshots (pictured) of journalists he planned to call on
President Joe Biden holds notes in hand as he speaks during his first formal press conference of his presidency in March 2021
Meanwhile earlier this month his welfare was again called into question when he went tumbling off a bicycle in Rehoboth Beach in Delaware.
He told press ‘I’m good’ after falling over and taking his bike with him. Biden told reporters that he had trouble removing his shoes from the bikes’ pedals, causing the fall.
He had come over to say hello to a crowd that had gathered near the Gordon’s Pond State Park bike trail, with people yelling ‘Happy Father’s Day’ to the president.
Upon trying to dismount the bike, his shoes caught and he fell over sideways, causing a mad scramble of Secret Service and press trying to help him up.
He has repeatedly been on the end of other numerous gaffes such as tripping up the steps to Air Force One as well as losing his trail of thought during speeches.
Meanwhile earlier this month his welfare was again called into question when he went tumbling off a bicycle in Rehoboth Beach in Delaware
He told press ‘I’m good’ after falling over and taking his bike with him. Biden told reporters that he had trouble removing his shoes from the bikes’ pedals, causing the fall
Biden’s talk with wind-industry executives today resulted in him launching a formal partnership with 11 East Coast governors to boost the growing offshore wind industry, a key element of his plan for climate change.
Biden, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and other top administration officials met with governors, wind industry officials and labor leaders Thursday at the White House.
The session focused on ways to expand important segments of the offshore industry, including manufacturing facilities, ports and workforce training and development.
‘Together we´re stepping up. We´re about to build a better America,” Biden said. ‘It’s not just about the future. It´s about right now.”
The partnership comprises governors of both parties from Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
Missing from the compact is Virginia, where Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin has moved to withdraw the state from a regional carbon-limiting initiative meant to combat climate change.
Spokesperson Macaulay Porter said Youngkin supports the offshore wind industry, and his administration has participated in calls with the White House on the topic.
‘The commonwealth is already a leader in offshore wind, and the Youngkin administration is focused on … this emerging sector in a way that is consistent with promoting jobs for Virginia and its right-to-work philosophy,” Porter said, referring to a state policy that promotes a worker´s right not to be required to join a labor union.
Youngkin is ‘fully committed to Virginia´s current offshore wind project’ and will continue to support any future project ‘that meets Virginia´s economic needs and protects ratepayers from high energy costs,” Porter said.
In working with states and the private sector, the White House said it will ‘provide Americans with cleaner and cheaper energy, create good-paying jobs and invest billions in new American energy supply chains,” including construction of wind turbines, shipbuilding and servicing.
Biden has set a goal of deploying 30 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030, enough to provide electricity to 10 million homes, support 77,000 jobs and spur $12 billion per year in private investment in offshore wind.
Offshore wind is a key component in the Democratic president’s plan to make the nation´s electric grid carbon free by 2035.
Offshore wind is a key component in the Democratic president’s plan to make the nation´s electric grid carbon free by 2035
Biden, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and other top administration officials met with governors, wind industry officials and labor leaders Thursday at the White House
The White House is launching a formal partnership with 12 East Coast governors to boost the growing offshore wind industry. It’s a key element of President Joe Biden’s plan for climate change
The Biden administration has approved two large-scale wind projects, Vineyard Wind in Massachusetts and South Fork Wind off New York and Rhode Island. Both are under construction with union labor (file photo)
The Biden administration has approved two large-scale wind projects, Vineyard Wind in Massachusetts and South Fork Wind off New York and Rhode Island. Both are under construction with union labor.
The Interior Department has begun reviews of another 10 offshore projects that, if approved, would produce 22 gigawatts of clean energy.
Danish wind developer Orsted signed a project labor agreement last month with a national union representing 3 million people in the building trades to construct the company´s U.S. offshore wind farms with an American union workforce. Orsted currently has six offshore projects in five states.
A national agreement signed with North America´s Building Trades Unions covers contractors working on those projects and future ones, with no termination date on the project labor agreement.
It sets the terms and conditions for union workers to build offshore wind farms, with targets to ensure a diverse workforce.
It contains provisions for training to ensure they can construct the complex infrastructure, which costs billions of dollars.
‘We recognize that states are huge players here,” said David Hayes, a White House climate adviser. With a formal partnership, the Biden administration can ‘work with the governors on policies going forward and help ensure that there is an American-made supply chain for this brand-new industry,” Hayes said.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, said he and other East Coast governors ‘are united with our regional and federal partners not just by geography but by a shared commitment to clean and affordable energy, economic opportunity and a future in which all community members are shielded from the worsening impacts of climate change.”
The federal-state collaboration comes as the Biden administration has announced a plan to conduct up to seven offshore wind auctions by 2025, including one held last month off North Carolina and earlier this year in a coastal area known as the New York Bight.
Other sales are expected in the Gulf of Maine, the central Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, as well as offshore in California and Oregon.
Environmental and clean energy groups hailed the federal-state collaboration.
‘Today, there are just seven offshore wind turbines in the United States, and we´re going to need a lot more, done responsibly, to meet our clean energy goals,” said Diane Hoskins, campaign director for the conservation group Oceana. She called for ‘strong safeguards for marine life to avoid, minimize and mitigate the impacts of offshore wind.”
Heather Zichal, CEO of the American Clean Power Association, an industry group, said wind energy developers support the federal-state initiative. ‘Clear and predictable permitting for offshore wind is essential to recognizing its potential, and there is still work to do,” Zichal said.