Biden triple-gaffes pronouncing 'oceanic' while announcing new wildfire countermeasures

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President Joe Biden announced Wednesday a host of new measures the federal government is taking to address the surge of Western wildfires, but he tripped up pronouncing the "National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration" while doing so.

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"We are harnessing new tools and technologies to better identify and respond before new fires grow into large, uncontrolled conflagration," Biden stated halfway through his remarks before stumbling over the "O" in NOAA. "So, for example, the National Ocean, uh, the National Oceano, Oceanographic, Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, has satellite technology that is able to see from space when new fires start while they're still small, even as small as the size of your dining room table."

After previous verbal gaffes, conservatives have said they show the 78-year-old president has lost a step mentally. Biden, as a child, had a stutter.

The actions Biden detailed are aimed at combating wildfires with the same ferocity and resources that the government spends on hurricane preparedness.

Specifically, Biden announced that, in an effort to maintain sufficient firefighter staffing levels, the federal government would temporarily boost firefighter salaries and work with Congress to legislate a permanent pay increase so that no firefighter makes less than $15 per hour.

Biden further pledged to supplement state wildfire efforts with technology from NOAA and the Department of Homeland Security to help detect wildfires even earlier in their life cycles.

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The president also awarded a $37 million grant to Sonoma County, California, to assist in wildfire mitigation operations and stressed the need to pass his bipartisan infrastructure proposal, which includes $50 billion to "build resistance to extreme weather events," including wildfires.

You can watch Biden's full remarks below.

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Original Author: Christian Datoc

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