Yes, President Biden really does seem to think the word is “expodentially.” Based on the way he uses it, the word the President means is “exponentially.” Now, normally I regard excessive attention being paid to an eccentric mispronunciation by a public figure as petty and unfair. Jimmy Carter famously pronounced “nuclear” as “nucular.” My father, an articulate and literate man, mispronounced “fiasco” as “fiesca” for some reason, no matter how many times I corrected him.
But if President Trump kept repeating a blatant mispronunciation of a word (for that matter if George W. Bush did) we would never hear the end of it. Comics like Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah would beat the mockery into a pulp by overuse. This would be have been cited as proof that Trump is a moron. Proof that he never reads. Proof that he should be removed via the 25th Amendment. Remember “covfefe”? Trump tweeted that once, and it was obviously a typo. Never mind: he was mocked about it for weeks.
IIPTDXTTNMIAFB is Ethics Alarms shorthand for “Imagine if President Trump did X that the news media is accepting from Biden.” It is intended to flag the news media’s hypocrisy, bias and double standards. The mainstream news media hasn’t uttered a peep about Joe’s little spoonerism, though now it’s working its way through the conservative websites. In their case, it supports confirmation bias: conservatives already are convinced Joe is a few more brain cell deaths from the Home for the Bewildered. (A lot of Democrats are too, which is why they are working so hard to ignore the evidence. “Expodentially” is the least of it.
The mystery is this: why doesn’t someone tell him? Jill? Ron Klain? It’s incompetent, cowardly and disloyal not to stop someone who depends on you from making a fool of himself the same way over and over. It is like not telling your boss that he’s going into a meeting with spinach n his front teeth.