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

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A confused-looking President Biden paced back and forth behind King Abdullah II of Jordan on Monday, apparently unsure where to stand while awaiting the royal family’s remarks.

“Your Majesty, to you,” 81-year-old Biden told the king after welcoming him to the White House.

As Abdullah prepared to deliver his speech, the president shuffled behind him and onto the podium, staring at the ground as if searching for a sign indicating the right place for him.

Biden vacillated between two different spots before settling on what was initially his first choice, to the left of Abdullah and in front of the Jordanian flag.

The president’s indecisiveness seemed to throw off the King, who at one point looked over his left shoulder expecting to see Biden, but he wasn’t there.

“I switched sides to you,” Biden said, before walking to the left side of the now smiling king.

An aid worker places an apple box in front of King Abdullah II of Jordan (center) as he and U.S. President Joe Biden deliver remarks during a press conference on Feb. 12, 2024, at the White House. CHRIS KLEPONIS/POOL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Biden’s latest episode of onstage confusion comes days after special counsel Robert Hur opted not to recommend criminal charges against the president in connection with his handling of classified White House documents, in part because a jury could view Biden as a ‘ older man with a bad memory’.

Biden did not remember the years he was vice president to Barack Obama and when his late son Beau Biden died, according to Hur’s report.

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Jordan’s King Abdullah II and U.S. President Joe Biden shake hands after delivering remarks following a meeting at the White House in Washington, DC, on February 12, 2024.
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“The world is laughing at the US,” Andrew Giuliani, a former Trump administration official and the son of the former New York mayor, wrote on X, sharing footage of the strange moment.

‘Don’t judge his mental acuity. Judge him on his ability to get things done, like standing where the band is and doing it on the right side of the invited guest,” radio host and political strategist Melik Abdul said sarcastically on X.

Steve Flesch, a golfer on the PGA Champions Tour, was one of many

“They should be ashamed. This is elder abuse,” said Flesch.

Some on social media defended Biden and argued that the incident was not that alarming.

“Biden’s age is concerning, but he’s very clearly looking for the floor marker for the camera shot,” claimed X user Josh Fields. “They usually put a piece of tape on the ground. They do this in movies, plays, TV, press, etc. I’ve seen other current affairs, but this isn’t one of them.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks after a meeting at the White House in Washington, DC, on February 12, 2024.
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Public opinion polls over the past year have consistently shown that a large majority of voters are concerned about Biden’s mental fitness for office.

Currently, 86% of Americans believe 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 about the former President Donald Trump, 77, who is seeking a rematch against Biden in the November election.





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