Bumbling Biden strikes again: Moment President goes on a walkabout as he introduces Jordanian King to the podium during their joint press conference
President Joe Biden wandered the podium ‘like a lost puppy’ on Tuesday during an important press conference on the ongoing conflict in Israel with Jordan’s King Abdullah at the White House.
After delivering remarks, Biden, 81, told the king: ‘Your majesty, over to you.’ The Scranton native continued to stand back to the left of the king, laser focused on the floor, apparently looking for a marker.
A few seconds later, Biden walked to the other side of the king, still looking for a mark. He then goes back to his first choice, in front of Jordan’s flag. “I switched sides with you,” he remarked as he smiled at the king.
This latest embarrassment comes after a week of abuse in which he forgot the name of the terrorist group Hamas, referring to 46-year-old French President Emmanuel Macron by the name of late President François Mitterrand, who died in 1996 at the age of 79. has passed away, and eventually refers to former German leader Angela Merkel as late Chancellor Helmut Kohl.
Biden also pushed back last week against a report by special counsel Robert Hur that seriously questioned the octogenarian president’s mental abilities to the point that it was speculated that he could not determine when his son, Beau, died.
Hours after the Abdullah blast, liberal icon Jon Stewart distorted Biden’s response to the report with even the editorial pages of The New York Times questioning the Democratic presidency.
Biden delivered remarks Tuesday in which he reiterated his desire for peace in Israel
After handing over the podium to King Abdullah of Jordan, Biden wandered behind the monarch in search of his marker
“I switched sides for you,” Biden told the king, who laughed wryly
Biden stared into the middle distance as King Abdullah spoke about the future of Gaza
Hur found evidence that Biden intentionally withheld and shared highly classified information with a ghostwriter, the special counsel devoted much of his report to explaining why he did not believe the evidence met the standard for criminal charges.
Among the reasons cited for this conclusion was the high likelihood that the Justice Department would not be able to prove Biden’s intent beyond a reasonable doubt, due to advanced age which they said had made him forgetful and the possibility of “innocent explanations” for the records they could not disprove.
“I did not share classified information,” Biden insisted. “I didn’t share it with my ghostwriter.” He added that he was not aware of how the boxes of classified documents ended up in his garage.
And in response to Hur’s portrayal of him, Biden insisted to reporters that “My memory is good” and said he believes he remains the most qualified person to serve as president.
“How the hell dare he bring it up?” Asked about Hur’s comments about his son’s death, Biden said he did not believe it was any of Hur’s business.
The meeting with Abdullah comes as Biden and his aides work to broker another pause in Israel’s war against Hamas to send humanitarian aid and supplies to the region and get hostages out.
The White House is facing mounting criticism from Arab Americans over the administration’s continued support for Israel in the face of mounting casualties in Gaza since Hamas launched its October 7 attack on Israel.
“The key elements of the agreement are on the table,” Biden said next to the king, although “there are gaps that remain.”
He said the US would do “everything possible” to broker a deal: a pause in fighting for at least six weeks and the release of the remaining hostages held by Hamas.
A senior US administration official said Sunday that a framework was essentially in place for a deal after weeks of back-and-forth diplomacy and phone calls. The official said Israeli military pressure on Hamas in Khan Younis over the past few weeks has helped bring the militant group closer to accepting a deal.
Abdullah said Biden’s leadership is “key to addressing this conflict,” as he raised the plight of the tens of thousands of civilians killed and wounded in the fighting.
“We need a lasting truce now,” the king said. “This war must end.”
Jordan and other Arab states have been highly critical of Israel’s actions and have avoided public support for long-term planning about what happens next, arguing that the fighting must end before such discussions can begin.
They have been demanding a ceasefire since mid-October as civilian casualties began to soar.
Biden’s stance is a subtle but notable break for the president, who has continued to oppose a permanent ceasefire. His administration insisted that Hamas retain neither political nor military control of Gaza after the war – a key goal of the Israeli operation to prevent a repeat of the October 7 attack that killed more than 1,200 Israelis and took about 250 hostage took.