Confused Biden wanders behind podium, stares at the floor as Jordanian king speaks

A confused-looking President Biden paced forwards and backwards behind King Abdullah II of Jordan Monday, apparently uncertain 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 Home. 

As Abdullah ready to ship his speech, the president shuffled round behind him and the rostrum, gazing down on the flooring as if searching for a mark indicating the correct place for him to face. 

Biden waffled between two spots earlier than deciding on what was initially his first alternative, to Abdullah’s left and in entrance of the Jordanian flag. 

The president’s indecision appeared to throw off the king, who at one level seemed over his left shoulder anticipating to see Biden, who wasn’t there.

“I switched sides on you,” Biden stated, earlier than transferring over to the left facet of the now-smiling king. 

An aide locations an apple field for King Abdullah II of Jordan (heart) as he and President Biden ship remarks throughout a press convention on Feb. 12, 2024, on the White Home. CHRIS KLEPONIS/POOL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Biden’s newest episode of onstage confusion comes days after particular counsel Robert Hur opted towards recommending prison fees towards the president associated to his dealing with of categorized White Home paperwork, partly as a result of a jury would possibly view Biden as an “elderly man with a poor memory.”

Biden couldn’t recall the years he served as President Barack Obama’s vp or when his son Beau Biden died, in line with Hur’s report.

RNC Analysis, an X account managed by the Republican Nationwide Committee, seized on the gaffe, clipping the video with the caption, “BIDEN: What am I doing? The place am I going?”

Jordan’s King Abdullah II and President Biden shake arms after they ship remarks following a gathering on the White Home in Washington, DC, on Feb. 12, 2024. Chris Kleponis/UPI/Shutterstock

“The world is laughing at US,” Andrew Giuliani, a former Trump administration official and the son of the previous NYC mayor, wrote on X, sharing footage of the unusual second. 

“Don’t choose his psychological acuity. Choose him by his skill to get issues finished, like stand the place the tape is and achieve this on the suitable facet of your invited visitor,” radio host and political strategist Melik Abdul sarcastically remarked on X

Steve Flesch, a golfer on PGA Champions Tour, was amongst a number of X customers who criticized Democrats for “rolling him on the market” within the hope that the general public “will consider he’s ‘advantageous.’”

“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 searching for the ground marker for the digital camera shot,” X consumer Josh Fields asserted. “They’ll often place a bit of tape on the bottom. They do that in motion pictures, performs, TV, pressers, and many others. I’ve seen different precise regarding issues, this isn’t one in all them.”

President Biden speaks following a gathering on the White Home in Washington, DC, on Feb. 12, 2024. Chris Kleponis/UPI/Shutterstock

Public polling over the previous 12 months has persistently proven that enormous majorities of voters are involved about Biden’s psychological health for workplace.

At present, 86% of Americans consider Biden is “too previous” to be president, in line with an ABC Information/Ipsos ballot launched Sunday and performed after the discharge of the Hur report — whereas 62% stated so of former President Donald Trump, 77, who’s in search of a rematch towards Biden within the November election.

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