On Monday, a confused-looking President Biden paced behind Jordan’s King Abdullah II, apparently unsure of where to stand before the royal’s remarks.
“Your Majesty, yours,” Biden, 81, told the king after welcoming him to the White House.
As Abdullah prepared to deliver his speech, the president moved behind him and behind the podium, looking at the floor as if searching for a mark indicating the appropriate place where he should stand.
Biden vacillated between two different locations before choosing what was initially his first choice, on Abdullah’s left side and in front of the Jordanian flag.
The president’s indecision appeared to discourage the king, who at one point looked over his left shoulder expecting to see Biden but he was not there.
“I switched sides on you,” Biden said, before switching to the left side of the now-smiling king.
Biden’s latest bout of onstage confusion comes days after special counsel Robert Hur chose not to recommend criminal charges against the president related to his handling of classified White House documents, in part because a jury may view Biden as an “elderly man with a bad memory.”
Biden did not remember the years he served as Barack Obama’s vice president or the death of his late son Beau Biden, according to Hur’s report.
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“The world is laughing at the United States,” Andrew Giuliani, a former Trump administration official and son of the former New York mayor, wrote on X, sharing images of the strange moment.
“Don’t judge his mental acuity. Judge him on his ability to get things done, like standing where the gang is and doing it on the appropriate side of your guest star,” radio host and political strategist Melik Abdul sarcastically remarked on X.
Steve Flesch, a PGA Champions Tour golfer, was among many X users who criticized Democrats for “throwing him out there” in the hopes that the public will “believe he’s ‘fine.’
“Shame on them. This is elder abuse,” Flesch accused.
Some on social media came to Biden’s defense, arguing that the incident was not that alarming.
“Biden’s age is concerning, but he is very clearly looking for the floor marker for the camera shot,” claimed X user Josh Fields. “They usually place a piece of tape on the floor. They do this in films, plays, on television, in newspapers, etc. I have seen other real and disturbing things, this is not one of them.
Public polling over the last year has consistently shown that a large majority of voters are concerned about Biden’s mental fitness to hold office.
Currently, 86% of Americans think Biden is “too old” to be president, according to an ABC News/Ipsos poll released Sunday and conducted after the release of the Hur report – while 62% said so of former President Donald Trump, 77 years old. who is seeking rematch against Biden in the November election.
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