It's been gaffe after gaffe after gaffe for President Biden, especially since suggesting over the weekend that a regime change in Russia was needed. Earlier this week Biden tried to walk back his statements about Putin and even told reporters he was just sharing his 'personal feelings.' But Glenn and Stu explain why that should be FAR from any American president's strategy when communicating with the WHOLE WORLD: 'He doesn't understand the difference between his inside voice and his outside voice...but your inside voice is REALLY important if you're president.'
Below is a rush transcript that may contain errors
GLENN: Huh. That is -- that is incredible. Did you see the president's press conference yesterday? Oh. It was -- hmm. Here he is. Talking about, what a. Complex situation Russia is. Cut one, please.
BIDEN: What was the second part?
VOICE: Do you hate the diplomacy of this moment?
BIDEN: No. I don't think it does. The fact is, we're in a situation, where it complicates the situation in the moment. Is the exploratory efforts of Putin, to continue an engaging carnage. The kind of behavior that makes the whole world say, my God, what is this man doing? That's what complicates things.
BIDEN: But I don't think it complicates it at all.
STU: It complicates it.
BIDEN: Doesn't really complicate it at all. Yeah, his actions don't complicate it at all. At all.
BIDEN: People is not saying that. Here he is, cut three.
VOICE: Are you worried that other leaders in the world are going to start to doubt that America is back, if some of these big things that you say on the world stage, keep getting walked back?
BIDEN: What's getting walked back?
VOICE: It sounded like you told U.S. troops, they were going to Ukraine. It sounded shrike you said, it was possible the U.S. would use a chemical weapon. And it sounded like, you were calling for a regime change in Russia. And we know --
BIDEN: None of the three occurred.
GLENN: So they all occurred?
VOICE: You were going to see when you were there. You were not in charge --
BIDEN: I was referring with being with and talking with the Ukrainian troops in Poland.
VOICE: And when you said a chemical weapon use in Russia would trigger a response in kind.
BIDEN: It will trigger a significant response.
VOICE: What does that mean?
BIDEN: I'm not going to tell you. Why would I tell you?
You have to be silly.
VOICE: The world wants to know.
BIDEN: The world wants to know a lot of things, I'm not telling them what the response would be, then Russia knows what the response would be.
STU: You did tell them what the response would be. You said "in kind." It's not just a -- a collection of words. They mean things. That's what words do!
GLENN: "In kind."
No. Words are violent.
STU: And I want to know where in Poland are we seeing women and children standing up to tanks? Where is that happening in Poland?
GLENN: No. He said -- He was referring to -- here, please play cut two, please.
BIDEN: I was talking to the troops. We were talking about helping train the troops, that are the Ukrainian troops, that are in Poland.
GLENN: Okay. Got you. Stop. Stop.
He was training the Ukrainian troops.
STU: Was he talking --
GLENN: That were in Poland. Which is not something anyone knew, until this press conference.
STU: Another massive gaffe.
GLENN: Well, they're walking it back. They're walking it back.
STU: They're not walking it back. They walk it back --
GLENN: They're not?
STU: He says something. The media spends multiple days, going through a cycle, with the press office where they tell the media, hey, we got to walk this back. Here's what we needed to come out. They dutifully go along with it. And then they ask the president about it. He says, I'm not walking anything back. Whenever this stuff happened with Trump, they complained about it constantly, said it was the most unprofessional thing you could possibly imagine, and it happens every day with Biden, and no one cares.
GLENN: And it's kind of big things. Here he is, cut four.
VOICE: Do you believe what you said, that Putin can't remain in power? Or do you now regret saying that, because your government has been trying to walk that back, because your words complicate matters?
BIDEN: Well, you asked three different questions. I'll answer them all.
Number one, I'm not walking anything back. The fact of the matter is, I was expressing the more outrage I felt toward the way Putin is --
STU: That's not how the presidency works.
BIDEN: Just -- just brutality, happening in Ukraine. I just comfort being with those families. And -- and so -- but I want to make it clear, I wasn't then, nor am I now articulating a policy change. I was expressing more outrage that I feel, and I make --
STU: That's not okay as president of the United States.
VOICE: Personal feelings?
BIDEN: Oh, okay. His personal feelings.
STU: When has that become an okay thing to do? You're president of the United States, you don't just blurt out your personal feelings? Almost all of your job is to not say your personal feelings and instead articulate policy change?
GLENN: Well, what do you mean almost all your job?
STU: That's your responsibility. When you're making a speech on foreign soil, about a foreign conflict that you keep saying that you are more involved in, than your official policy. Then you make statements about what could be -- I mean, certainly everyone in the world remembers, previous wars, where we've had regime change as our goal.
STU: They cannot stay in power. Iraq. There's a lot of examples.
GLENN: Afghanistan. Other than that. Other than that. We have to go way back.
STU: Like, the job of the president would be a lot easier, if you could just blurt out whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted with no consequences. You know who does here you, when you say things like that? The guy that has 6,000 nuclear weapons hears you.
GLENN: No. No, no, no, no.
GLENN: Listen. Let's get some perspective from -- from Don Lemon, who strangely is still on the air. Listen to this.
VOICE: The president is saying exactly what most of the world feels about Vladimir Putin.
STU: So what?
VOICE: Now, he did not in that speech, say that Vladimir Putin should be removed, and we need to take him out of power. He said, this man should not remain in power. What person in their right mind, thinks that someone who bombs innocent people, children, a country that is in an unprovoked war, should remain in power.
GLENN: Right. Right.
STU: This is not --
VOICE: So I think we should do something to take him out of office, that would be a different thing. The general said the same thing.
VOICE: Quite honestly, I think this is a media-manufactured story.
GLENN: Okay. Stop. This is the media just saying this is a big deal. That Russia isn't taking that in this way. They're just expressing their feelings. Let me give you this, from the Kremlin. Retaliatory Visa measures are being developed from Russia, for citizens from unfriendly nations, according to Sergei Lavrov, who said on March 28th, as another top Kremlin official said U.S. President Joe Biden's recent comments are cause for concern. During his public comments, Lavrov did not provide details about the countries that would be targeted, although he did single out the United States and its allies. Additionally, a draft -- a draft presidential decree is currently being developed on retaliatory Visa measures in connection with the unfriendly actions of a number of foreign states. This act will introduce a number of restrictions on entry to the territory of Russia. Some measures are being developed to respond to the unfriendly actions by the United States and its satellites. It comes as the Kremlin issued more statements, following Biden's speech last week in Poland, where he said this man cannot stay in power. These statements are certainly causing us grave concern, said the Kremlin spokesperson. We continue to closely monitor the statements of the U.S. president. He carefully note them, and will continue to do so. Now, I'm not sure if anybody at CNN or anyone in the White House know. But when you talk to your intelligence people, they will come in with a briefing. And you're going up against war. Or you're going into a meeting. And you'll have all the experts on let's say, that president. That you don't know for sure, they're experts, because they've listened to every word. They have looked at every action. And they say, this is what he's thinking. This is what he may mean. This is what you have to we're about. This is who the guy is. So when the president of the United States speaks here, there's a group of people, all around the world, that are not on our side. That look and evaluate everything he's saying. So when, you know, Putin goes, so is this, like, old lady actually threatening me?
Mr. President, we don't know for sure. But he was talking about possibly the troops going in to Ukraine? We're not sure what that meant. He's now talking about what could be perceived as regime change. He also admitted that they were training Ukrainian troops. Yeah. I would say that he's on a different wavelength. That's what happens!
STU: Yeah. I mean, think of the things that Vladimir Putin says that we keep quoting. The war will be with ones and zeros. Right? That's not an official statement of policy.
STU: But we take it damn seriously. And when he wants to reconstitute the Soviet Union. The fall was the greatest tragedy of history in the past century. We take that seriously and look at that as motivation. They're doing the same thing over there, with every one of these gaffes. This guy is going to gaffe us into World War III. He's literally in the middle of gaffing us into if we go to nuked.
GLENN: I really don't think these are gaffes.
GLENN: No. Listen what he just said. What he just said. No, that was my personal feeling. Okay. Well, personal feelings become policies.
STU: Yeah. When you are the commander-in-chief of the military, yes.
GLENN: Right. So when he says things like -- I mean, it's only reasonable. This may not be what he's doing. But it's only reasonable if you are assessing someone. You look at what they say. Look at what they do. Look at the sanctions, that we've just put on. They're unlike any other sanctions ever. Ever. Then he says, we're in a long war, people should brace for years of war. Okay. What does that mean? Then he says, all of these things out loud. These -- I was just thinking. No, you read it wrong. Well, there's going to be a lot of people that read it wrong. And they might have nuclear weapons.
STU: You now, can we imagine if we had -- look at this, Vladimir Putin comes out and says, hey, you know what, this Joe Biden guy cannot stay in power.
Can you imagine what a serious moment that would be? We found like four Facebook ads, that said, they wanted to screw with our elections. And it was an international incident, that lasted multiple years in an impeachment.
GLENN: Exactly right. And look what Putin said, in response to this speech. Putin came out yesterday, and started talking about how the United States is trying to erase all history and culture. Russian culture, from the West. Okay? Well, that -- can you imagine, reverse this situation. Imagine if that was happening to us. And our president said, they're trying to erase us, from history. All of our accomplishments. All of our cultural -- you know, we're getting rid of Gershwin. Weaver getting rid of Uncle Tom's cabin. We're getting rid of all of American culture. I don't know. I would think the people would rally around that president who said, we got to fight this. Because they're erasing us. Of course, we would. That's what we just handed him. Oh, and by the way, they're also trying to take me out. There's a coup against me. I'm not worried about that. I'm just staying focused on what we have to do. Because I'm here for the America that has changed the world. You think? You think the people are going to support -- which one? Which one? Tell me. They're going to support the president against the enemy that is saying crap like we're saying. And I'm telling you, the president has feelings. And his feelings, he doesn't understand the difference between his inside voice, and his outside voice. But your inside voice, is really important, if you're president. But if you express that on your outside voice. It's very logical to assume, that your inside voice, is what you're telling others, inside of secret rooms with secret meetings.