President Biden looked completely clueless during former President Obama’s visit to the White House on Tuesday, leaving many people questioning whether his cognitive state had deteriorated even further.
Barack Obama visited the White House on April 5 for the first time since leaving office in 2017 to celebrate the 12th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act — aka Obamacare. Of course, there wasn’t really anything to celebrate, according to many Americans who had lost their healthcare plans and their doctors, thanks to the government’s interference in the healthcare sector under Obama.
As Red State’s Mike Miller observed:
“Obama’s ‘If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it’ promise was named Politifact’s 2013 Lie of the Year. He made the same promise about ‘your doctor,’ with the same results. O [sic] also infamously promised the average family health insurance premium would decrease by $2,500 in the first year; premiums increased by more than 60 percent in the first four years.”
Nonetheless, Obama and Joe Biden decided to recognize the Affordable Care Act’s anniversary.
Many people thought that this might have been an attempt to reconnect Biden with Obama in the minds of voters, as Biden’s poll numbers have been tanking and Democrats’ chances in the upcoming midterm elections are in the gutter. They might have hoped that Obama would make Biden look better with his visit, but it may have had the opposite effect.
One of the most obvious differences between the two men was visible during the event: Obama, though he does look old, is still able to speak coherently and give off an energetic vibe.
Obama even joked about Biden still being his vice president.
That might have confused Biden, because he actually seemed to believe he was still vice president when he spoke later.
Then, for the rest of the event, Biden went on to repeatedly embarrass himself.
In one instance, he did the creepy whispering thing again, which left even Obama looking embarrassed.
During another part of his comments, he just babbled incomprehensibly about the American Rescue Plan, and referred back to “when we were president.”
While Obama was speaking, Biden reached into his pocket and pulled out what appeared to be either candy or gum — and put it in his mouth. It appears that he isn’t paying any attention to what Obama is saying.
After that, it actually got worse. When he was supposed to be signing something, he just stared out into space for a few seconds, then began making weird gestures with his hands, which caused the room to erupt in laughter.
Following the ceremony, everyone crowded around Obama to speak with him, literally leaving Biden standing alone, looking lost.
He appeared desperate to be noticed. But everyone continued to ignore him, instead focusing on Obama, and even Kamala Harris, in their conversations. Biden tried to get Obama’s attention by putting his hand on his shoulder, but it was no use; Obama continued to talk to the group he was schmoozing with, ignoring Biden.
The way it played out, this event certainly didn’t make Biden look like the guy in charge. It looked like everyone was still focused on sucking up to Obama. And Biden, who is known for being insecure, must have really hated that — if he knew where he was.