Wow. Just, wow.
So-called commander in chief Joe Biden fumbled over his words while presenting the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award for valor in combat.
The three men receiving the Medal of Honor were Master Sgt. Earl Plumlee, Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Celiz, and Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn Cashe.
Celiz and Cashe received the country’s highest decoration posthumously, but mistakes in Biden’s presentation were evident when the narrator declared that Plumlee had also been killed.
“The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress March 3, 1863, has posthumously awarded in the name of Congress the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Earl D. Plumlee, United States Army…”
A very much alive Plumlee stood stoic next to the president, who had to raise his head up at the start of the narration.
Biden fumbled over his words while introducing key military officials.
Joe Biden forgets his defense secretary name at the medal of honor ceremony. pic.twitter.com/7kMTUpEPcF
— RealMac (@beingrealmac) December 16, 2021
He did the same while awarding a Medal of Honor Alwyn Cashe.
He did it again pic.twitter.com/KluzzRKqDi
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) December 16, 2021
Cashe is reportedly the first Black serviceman to be awarded the Medal of Honor for military action since the Vietnam War.
Celiz was awarded the decoration in recognition of the sacrifice he made so that others may live.
While clearing out enemy forces in Afghanistan in 2018, the team he was leading came under fire, and Celiz used his own body as a shield to protect his wounded brothers so that they may be loaded onto a hospital for evacuation, according to a report.
Shot and bleeding, Celiz stayed on the ground and waved the helicopter off so that it could leave without taking more fire during the time it would take him to get on.
Author: Elizabeth Tierney