White House mocked over Thanksgiving talking points for ‘the uncle’

Written by

This went down like a plate of cold yams.

Republicans and conservatives mocked the White House on Wednesday after several Biden administration mouthpieces tweeted a list of the president’s so-called “peak achievements” that his supporters could refer to during fraught political conversations around the Thanksgiving table.

The not-so-celebratory list was shared on Twitter by the 80-year-old the president’s chief of staff, Ron Klain and included questionable claims about inflation, gas prices, unemployment and taxes.

“One last item for your Thanksgiving dinner: some talking points when ‘that uncle’ gets ‘on’ you about @POTUS,” Klain wrote in a tweet sharing the talking points.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre joined the “fun” hours later, tweeting same list with the message: “It’s hard to stop talking politics cold turkey—even on Thanksgiving. Talk to your family from across the hall and across your dinner table with this cheat sheet.”

The very first item on the list proclaims, “Gas prices are down $1.35/gallon since June and inflation is slowing.”

In June, gas prices rose to a record national average of $5.01 per gallon. While that has since fallen to $3.61 a gallon as of Wednesday, according to AAA, it’s still more than 20 cents higher than last year at this time — and $1.22 higher than when Biden took office in January 2021.

Inflation cooled slightly in October, when the consumer price index rose 7.7% annually, down from the 8.2% recorded in September. But increasing food prices to 10.9% year-over-year in October continues to be a problem, with the Farm Bureau noting that the average cost of cooking a holiday meal for 10 people is more than $64 this year – up $10.74or 20% during 2021.

The list also includes unclear “accomplishments” by Biden, who says he “[r]allied world in defense of Ukraine” and was “[r]ebuilding roads and bridges” – though it noticeably does not mention the president’s controversial student loan debt settlement.

The White House was mocked on Twitter after several officials published a list of President Biden "top performance" for use during Thanksgiving dinner conversations.
The White House was mocked on Twitter after several officials posted a list of President Biden’s “top achievements” for use during Thanksgiving dinner conversations.
Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
The White House Chief of Staff said the cheat sheet is for when "that uncle" talking to you about Biden.
The White House chief of staff said the cheat sheet is for when “that uncle” talks to you about Biden.
Al Drago/Pool/CNP/startraksphoto.com

The very last section of the list criticizes Republicans in Congress as “extreme” and claims that the party is seeking to put Social Security and Medicare “on the chopping block” and implement a “national ban” on abortion.

The talking points were ridiculed on Twitter by many on the right.

“Put this in your pie hole, Ron,” tweeted Jenna Ellis, a former lawyer for former President Donald Trump. “The non-binary freshman gender studies major who needs Thanksgiving ‘talking points’ may not be ready for Uncle MAGA, who works 8-5 without complaint, owns real estate, raised 4 kids, and has voted since before Reagan . “

“My brother in Christ [sic]you are ‘that uncle'” Alec Sears, a GOP digital strategist, responded to Klain’s Turkey Day talking points.

Late. Josh Hawley’s press secretary Abigail Marone tweeted: “Solved it for you” and shared a photo of an empty list.

“If you need to use Biden WH talking points at a family dinner, you’ve already lost the argument you’re in,” GOP Deputy National Press Secretary Will O’Grady said in a tweet.

“Everything about the Biden administration makes sense when you realize it’s being run by the type of people who bring talking points to Thanksgiving dinner to fight with their families about policy,” noted conservative digital strategist Greg Price.

“A White House account believes Biden supporters won’t be able to think of anything Biden has done when talking to relatives,” wondered another Twitter userProducer Sean.

“[S]looks out and scolds the ‘bad uncle’ at thanksgiving [sic] with a laundry list of perceived transgressions and personal failings is actually a touching homage to the holiday’s Puritan roots,” joked Washington Examiner columnist T. Becket Adams, who later followed up with a photo of a pilgrim chapeau and the admonition: “Don’t forget your ceremonial scolding hat!”

About the author

Leave a Comment