Joe Biden is preparing for his upcoming State of the Union address.
With his approval rating circling the drain and international turmoil making headlines everyday, it should be interesting to see what his handlers tell him to say.
Another noteworthy aspect of the speech deals with security — and it’s already causing controversy.
As Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently explained, the White House has asked states to send National Guard troops to D.C. ahead of the address.
For his part, the GOP governor responded to the request with a resounding no.
As WESH explained:
The reason for this rejection was not immediately clear, but Florida’s governor is not a fan of the Biden administration.
During his Conservative Political Action Conference address last week, the governor said President Joe Biden hates him and the state of Florida because they “stand up to him.”
DeSantis said the media puts out “a blizzard of lies” meant to relieve the blame on Biden, which he referred to as “the Brandon Administration.”
The Florida governor made his announcement in a tweet, and a number of other prominent Republicans soon voiced their support.
Last week, the Biden Administration requested the assistance of State National Guards to deploy to Washington D.C. I have rejected this request — there will be no @FLGuard sent to D.C. for Biden’s State of the Union.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) February 28, 2022
This is the way. Shame on any governor participating in Pelosi’s and Biden’s political misuse of the National Guard this week. https://t.co/L9qCMcMBFT
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) February 28, 2022
Many journalists calling me to inquire why @GovRonDeSantis declined Biden’s demand for the National Guard to come to DC for the State of the Union.
But has anyone asked Biden why he needs the National Guard in the first place? There’s no hurricane in DC. Political melodrama. pic.twitter.com/oRdMm1lRHw
— Christina Pushaw #BuckTheCDC 🐊🚛 (@ChristinaPushaw) March 1, 2022
Of course, the presence of National Guard troops is not the only controversial aspect of Biden’s State of the Union address preparations.
Many critics are outraged that local authorities have decided to erect another perimeter fence ahead of the speech.
According to ABC News:
Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger announced the fence surrounding the Capitol was erected “out of an abundance of caution in light of the upcoming State of the Union Address, and the possibility of demonstrations in the next couple of weeks,” according to a statement released on Sunday.
The United States Capitol Police have also been working in tandem with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies including D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department, the United States Park Police, the United States Secret Service and the National Guard on a “security plan to prevent any disruption to the important work of Congress,” Manger said.
Considering Biden’s frequent inability to express a coherent thought, it seems likely that the speech itself will also result in some serious backlash.
The following compilation video offers just a small sample of his frequent gaffes.
Do you have any interest in watching Biden’s State of the Union speech?