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 December 3, 2022

Friendly Fire? Obama criticizes 'Uncle Joe'

Former President Barack Obama appears to have just unwittingly directed some very legitimate criticism at President Joe Biden. 

This incident occurred on Thursday, while Obama was campaigning in Atlanta, Georgia.

Obama was campaigning on behalf of Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA), ahead of the runoff election that will take place on Tuesday for Georgia's remaining U.S. Senate Seate. Warnock is facing off against Republican Herschel Walker.

Polling suggests that Warnock has the advantage. The race, though, is expected to be a close one, as the runoff was triggered by the fact that neither candidate reached 50% in the midterm elections and the fact that the voting margin between them was less than one percentage point.

Obama's seemingly inadvertent criticism of Biden was caught on video, which can be found below.

"We all know some folks in our lives, who we don't wish them ill will," Obama began. "They say crazy stuff and we're all like, 'well, Uncle Joe, you know what happened to him.'"

The audience can be heard laughing in the background as Obama continues.

"They're part of the family. But, you don't give them serious responsibilities," Obama added.

To add a bit of context here, Obama was actually trying to criticize walker by comparing him to a hypothetical "Uncle Joe." Obama, elsewhere in the speech, targeted Walker for recent remarks that he made. Obama's theme throughout seemed to be that Walker doesn't have the mental capacity to be a U.S. Senator.

The thing is, though, that Obama could have used any other name: "Uncle Bob," "Uncle Dave," etc. Yet, Obama chose "Uncle Joe," and the president's name just happens to be Joe, and President Joe Biden just happens to fit the description of "Uncle Joe" provided by Obama.

It is for this reason that the Daily Wire's Tim Meads, and many others, suggested that Obama made a Freudian slip here. Meads, however, has since gone on to argue that there is an argument that could be made that Obama actually didn't make a mistake.

Meads, as one of his main pieces of evidence, refers to the fact that there have been reports that have suggested that Biden was not Obama's top choice to lead the Democrats in 2016 or 2020.

It's a tough call as to whether Obama made a mistake or not. Until he clears the air, it's your call.

Written By:
Oliver Winters

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