A former White House Correspondent is being mercilessly mocked for saying President Joe Biden’s Poland speech topped Reagan’s Berlin speech.
According to an extensive 2013 profile of Mr. Knoller by “Washingtonian”, he mastered minutia concerning presidents and served as a sort of walking encyclopedia for colleagueas.
All that was forgotten after Knoller opined Biden outdid Reagan. “Tops Reagan’s 1987 ‘tear down this wall’ speech,” he commented in a Twitter post. His caption appeared above a reTweeted post saying, “Biden ends speech in Poland by calling for Putin’s removal, saying, ‘For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power’.”
The Russian News agency “TASS” put the administration on notice that country’s leaders heard Biden’s speech.
“US president Joe Biden said in his speech in Poland that Russian President Vladimir Putin ‘cannot remain in power,” the Russian publication reported. “For his part, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov hits back at this remark saying that it is not for the US President to decide who should be in power in Russia.”
Biden administration officials rushed to temper the president’s words, saying the United States has no desire to bring about regime change in Russia.
“We do not have a strategy of regime change in Russia or anywhere else, for that matter,” Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken told journalists in Jerusalem, according to The New York Times. “In this case, as in any case, it’s up to the people of the country in question. It’s up to the Russian people.”
Actor Nick Searcy commented on Knoller’s post, asking, “Did the staff have to come out after Reagan’s speech and say ‘JUST KIDDING GUYS HE DIDN’T MEAN THAT’?”
“If topping means the exact opposite of what it actually means, absolutely,” responded Fox News host Laura Ingraham.
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