Confused Joe Biden seen being led off stage by Barack Obama at LA event, netizens say ‘it’s so embarrassing’ - Hindustan Times
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Confused Joe Biden seen being led off stage by Barack Obama at LA event, netizens say ‘it’s so embarrassing’

BySumanti Sen
Jun 17, 2024 09:06 AM IST

In a viral video, former president Barack Obama was seen guiding Joe Biden off the stage at a Los Angeles fundraiser after the president appeared to freeze up.

In a viral video, former president Barack Obama was seen guiding Joe Biden off the stage at a Los Angeles fundraiser after the president appeared to freeze up. The incident took place after Biden and Obama appeared in a 45-minute interview with late-night host Jimmy Kimmel at the Peacock Theater.

A confused Joe Biden was seen being led off the stage by Barack Obama at an LA event (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP)(AFP)
A confused Joe Biden was seen being led off the stage by Barack Obama at an LA event (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP)(AFP)

The video shows the men standing for applause at the star-studded event, when Biden’s gaze appeared to become fixed on the crowd for at least 10 seconds before Obama led him off the stage, taking him by the wrist. At the event, the Biden campaign successfully raised over $30 million, according to New York Post. Celebrities like George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Barbra Streisand attended the event.

‘This cannot possibly be the leader of the free world’

Many social media users commented on the above video, shared by British broadcaster Piers Morgan, with one of them writing, “No offense... But I'll never understand why old folks, and I mean rich old men and women just can't leave politics alone and simply go on about their lives and enjoy EVERY bit of it until the last day. Too rich to be embarrassing oneself on national tv like this..” “They're just going to keep on pretending that it's not happening and continue touting Biden as "Sharp, energetic, and full of vigor",” one user said, while the other wrote, “Clearly President Obama seems to have stepped in and taken charge.”

“Why does it look like Biden is some old statesman that Obama is wheeling out to wave his hand and smile at the audience? This cannot possibly be the leader of the free world,” one user wrote, while another said, “Got to feel for Biden. Someone needs to look after the old boy and take him out the limelight.” “It’s so embarrassing they have allow this go on,” one user wrote.

Meanwhile, some users sympathised with Biden and his inability to function well. “If he was your father would you send him to the local shops with a shopping list and expect him to get home? It's cruel. They are humiliating him allowing this to carry on,” one user said. Another said, "I'm sure mainstream media will again cry about "camera angles" and "framing". Anything but admitting this is elder abuse."

One user, in fact, even said that he believes the incident is being blown out of proportion that Biden did not really freeze up. “I was there . I saw three young adults yelling at Pres. Biden in front row. @POTUS Biden tried to listen and didn’t freeze up. He seemed ready to respond, Now incorrect news is spreading. Sharing my perspective,” the user wrote.

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