In a startling moment during a live TV broadcast, 80-year-old President Joe Biden stole the limelight as he stood up and exited the studio mid-interview while the cameras continued rolling.
This unexpected incident occurred during Biden’s interview with Nicolle Wallace on MSNBC. The duo discussed a range of subjects, including the Supreme Court’s affirmative action verdict, the events of January 6th, and his predecessor, Donald Trump.
Biden strangely walks off-set in the middle of live interview
However, in a surprising turn of events, Biden concluded the 20-minute discussion by rising from his chair, shaking Wallace’s hand, and walking off the set in the middle of Wallace’s teaser for her show’s upcoming segment.
This unplanned departure, captured live on camera, sparked various reactions.
Andrew Bates, Biden’s deputy press secretary at the White House, dubbed it a “power move,” suggesting that the president deliberately left to make a memorable statement.
Jason Miller refers to the incident as ‘bizarre’
However, Jason Miller, former campaign assistant to Donald Trump, described the incident as “bizarre” and criticized the interview for not addressing more controversial topics like Biden’s son Hunter’s business transactions or the President’s health.
Several observers questioned Wallace for her seeming oversight of these critical issues, considering her extensive background in political journalism.
Episodes of controversial missteps by Biden
This episode adds to a series of well-known missteps by Biden, including calling Rishi Sunak “Mr. President,” concluding a speech with “God save the Queen,” and making an inappropriate comment about a deceased congresswoman.
While some might dismiss the incident as insignificant, it fuels ongoing discussions concerning Biden’s leadership competency.
Biden’s ‘cognitive sharpness,’ ‘capabilities’ called into question
Detractors argue that such blunders and spontaneous moments raise questions about his cognitive sharpness and capability to endure the strains of the presidency.
In contrast, his supporters insist these instances are trivial and do not eclipse his policy agenda or accomplishments.
Social media users debate Biden’s fitness for Office
A slew of social media users expressed their opinions on this occurrence. One Twitter user posted, “Here’s the thing, if he genuinely is ‘losing his faculties,’ then he should be being supported and gently encouraged to step down.”
Another user added, “That’s sad, it happens to lots of people, but they aren’t running a country. Really must step down.”
A third commenter observed, “If you watch the way Joe Biden walks, it’s very similar to what you would see among patients in a psychiatric ward, who use drugs to keep them calm.”
White House staunchly defends Biden’s fitness
Despite the criticisms, the White House remains steadfast in supporting President Biden. In a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, “President Biden is fit, healthy, and fully capable of executing the duties of the presidency.”
She emphasized his regular workout routine and mental exercises.
Biden’s physician confirms fitness for presidential duties
His physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, also confirmed in a report earlier this year that Biden remains “fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency.”
As the debates rage on, these reassurances from official sources add another layer to the ongoing narrative about President Biden’s fitness for office.