Biden Fails to Salute Marines at Door, Tells Them Something Instead
By C. Douglas Golden
Published January 23, 2021 at 8:17am
Remember Yanny or Laurel?
In 2018, a short viral video began making the rounds. A word is repeated over and over again. Youre asked whether it sounds more like Yanny or Laurel.
The correct answer is that its actually Laurel, according to NBC News. Realistically, however, there are any number of reasons you could have heard one of the two words.
Younger people tended to year Yanny while older people tended to hear Laurel, due to how hearing changes as you age. Theres also what you heard it on earphones, a laptop speaker, computer speakers. Theres even context; the word is so indistinct that, if you werent told those were the other two options, you might have heard Yourel or Lanny. It was, in a sense, confirmation bias involving the two choices you were given.
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Thankfully, fact-checkers didnt need to wade into the matter and tell us all that it was Laurel. Presumably, you could say thats because they didnt have a vested interest in it or because liberals were circulating theories online that the whole thing was some kind of Russian mind-control experiment. (It didnt work; despite how widely the video was shared, the Democrats won the 2018 midterms.)
Thats different in 2021, because our Yanny or Laurel involves the new president of the United States and whether he bumbled part of the Inauguration Day ceremonies, as is his wont.
As Biden entered the Capitol on Wednesday, two Marines kept the doors open for him. He didnt salute them which isnt required of a president, its worth pointing out. (Biden also had not yet been sworn into office at the time.)
Its not to question Bidens respect for the military, either, given that one of his sons, Beau, was a veteran of the Armys Judge Advocate Generals Corps. His other son, Hunter, um, also served. Briefly.
The lack of a salute, even if its a courtesy, was going to rankle some, however particularly given the rather large deployment of troops around the nations capital for the inauguration and the concomitant controversy surrounding its size.
What people were talking about was what Biden said (or might have said) to the Marines as he passed.
This is what some social media users heard:
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