By means of Victor Nava
Feb. 12, 2024, 11:53 p.m. ET
A confused-looking President Biden paced backward and forward at the back of King Abdullah II of Jordan Monday, it sounds as if undecided of the place to face forward of the royal’s remarks.
“Your majesty, over to you,” Biden, 81, informed the king after welcoming him to the White Space.
As Abdullah ready to ship his speech, the president shuffled round at the back of him and the rostrum, watching down on the flooring as though on the lookout for a mark indicating the correct position for him to face.
Biden waffled between two other spots earlier than selecting what was once first of all his first selection, to Abdullah’s left facet and in entrance of the Jordanian flag.
The president’s indecision gave the impression to throw off the king, who at one level appeared over his left shoulder anticipating to look Biden however he wasn’t there.
“I switched facets on you,” Biden mentioned, earlier than transferring over to the left facet of the now smiling king.
An help puts an apple field for King Abdullah II of Jordan (middle) as he and US President Joe Biden ship remarks throughout a press convention on Feb. 12, 2024 on the White Space. CHRIS KLEPONIS/POOL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock
Biden’s newest episode of onstage confusion comes days after particular recommend Robert Hur opted in opposition to recommending prison fees in opposition to the president associated with his dealing with of labeled White Space paperwork, partly as a result of a jury would possibly view Biden as an “aged guy with a deficient reminiscence.”
Biden couldn’t recall the years he served as Barack Obama’s vice chairman and when his past due son Beau Biden died, consistent with Hur’s record.
RNC Analysis, an X account controlled through the Republican Nationwide Committee, seized at the gaffe, clipping the video with the caption, “BIDEN: What am I doing? The place am I going?”
Jordan’s King Abdullah II and US President Joe Biden shake palms when they ship remarks following a gathering on the White Space in Washington, DC, on Feb. 12, 2024.
“The sector is guffawing at US,” Andrew Giuliani, a former Trump management legit and the son of the previous NYC mayor, wrote on X, sharing photos of the odd second.
“Don’t pass judgement on his psychological acuity. Pass judgement on him through his talent to get issues carried out, like stand the place the tape is and achieve this at the suitable facet of your invited visitor,” radio host and political strategist Melik Abdul paradoxically remarked on X.
Steve Flesch, a golfer on PGA Champions Excursion, was once amongst a number of X person that criticized Democrats for “rolling him in the market,” within the hope that the general public “will consider he’s ‘high-quality.’”
“Disgrace on them. That is elder abuse,” Flesch charged.
Some on social media got here to Biden’s protection, arguing that the incident wasn’t all that alarming.
“Biden’s age is regarding, however he’s very clearly on the lookout for the ground marker for the digicam shot,” X person Josh Fields asserted. “They’ll normally position a work of tape at the flooring. They do that in motion pictures, performs, TV, pressers, and so on. I’ve observed different precise regarding issues, this isn’t one among them.”
US President Joe Biden speaks following a gathering on the White Space in Washington, DC, on Feb. 12, 2024.
Public polling over the last yr has persistently proven that giant majorities of citizens are all in favour of Biden’s psychological health for place of business.
These days, 86% of American citizens consider Biden is “too outdated” to be president, consistent with an ABC Information/Ipsos ballot launched Sunday and performed after the discharge of the Hur record — whilst 62% mentioned so of former President Donald Trump, 77, who is looking for a rematch in opposition to Biden within the November election.
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