President Joe Biden measured people in pounds – and energy in inches – during his State of the Union address Tuesday night.
Biden referred to “A pound of Ukrainian people” who “pound for pound” are “ready to fight with every inch of energy that they have,” as he discussed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine:
“Putin has unleashed violence and chaos, but while he may make gains on the battlefield, he will pay a continuing high price over the long run.
“And a pound of Ukrainian people – proud, proud people – pound for pound, ready to fight with every inch of energy that they have.
“They have known thirty years of independence and have repeatedly shown that they will not tolerate anyone who tries to take their country backwards.”
While Biden may have misspoken, even the official translation on the White House website quotes Biden’s use of “pound” and “inch” analogies.