President Biden was in Duluth, Minnesota on Wednesday to talk about infrastructure and somehow moved onto the topic of electric locomotives which were being built in Erie, Pennsylvania — in the same factory where “the guy who turned on our lights” did his magic.
Did Biden just forget Thomas Edison’s name? pic.twitter.com/6AgJvQwp7q
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) March 2, 2022
Biden can't remember Thomas Edison's name. pic.twitter.com/OOfUwJdtVB
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) March 2, 2022
“The guy who turned on our lights”
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) March 2, 2022
We decided to give Biden the benefit of the doubt and look into it. Back in 2020, you’ll remember, Biden was talking about the American education system and said, “We gotta give people facts.” He continued: “A black man invented the light bulb, not a white guy named Tom Edison.” Even PolitiFact called that claim mostly false. A spokesman said Biden was talking about Lewis Latimer, who worked with Edison, but we can’t find any connection between Latimer and Erie. The plant that builds locomotives is General Electric, whose founding is connected to Edison, the white guy who didn’t invent the lightbulb.
He must have been referring to the janitor who turns on the lights in the factory each morning. No way he forgot who Thomas Edison is. For heaven sake they went to college together.
— Vigilant (@alsatian49er) March 2, 2022
Kinda weird since they are the same age.
— AmishDude (@TheAmishDude) March 2, 2022
The guy who turned on the lights.
— James Cumberland (@NookFashDesign) March 2, 2022
You know, that guy.
— Joe Glassman (@GlassmanJoe) March 2, 2022
You mean that guy who did the thing? Yes of course.
— Lisa 🇺🇸 (@Leeees_67) March 2, 2022
Didn't he literally say that Edison didn't invent the lightbulb?
So now he suddenly decided that Edison did invent it?
— Merik2008 (@merik2008) March 2, 2022
To be fair he can barely remember current events. So it seems a bit of a stretch to ask him to remember a historical individual.
— Burt Macklin (@BurtMaclin_FBI) March 2, 2022
Someone turned off his light bulb a while back.
— Well Thats Crazy (@WellThatsCrazy) March 2, 2022
Light's on, nobody home
— Jersey Girl (@queenofeaster) March 2, 2022
He was thinking of Motel 6, they always leave the lights on for him.
— Boris Borinoff (@BBorinoff) March 2, 2022
Does he understand that the electric locomotive is powered by diesel engines turning electric motors on each of the drive wheels?
— likeaboss (@ttroska) March 2, 2022
Shame on you making fun of his brain I mean speech impediment, 😮
— Cy (@cy49512192) March 2, 2022
Go get ‘em
— Matthew Linder (@LinderMatthew) March 2, 2022
Let’s go, Brandon!
‘We gotta give people facts’: Joe Biden reveals that ‘a black man invented the light bulb, not a white guy named Edison’ https://t.co/kunKnXHuHw
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) September 3, 2020