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President Biden generated a new wave of scorn and ridicule online Saturday after a video clip went viral over something that occurred during the official Veterans Day event at Arlington National Cemetery.
In the clip, Biden appeared to forget what he was supposed to do, freezing up at one point during the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, as aides had to direct him where to stand near U.S. military members while attending the solemn memorial, Fox News reported.
Users on the X platform tore into Biden, with one calling it “so embarrassing.”
“Video of the event captured Biden placing the wreath in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Saturday while Vice President Kamala Harris, representatives of the U.S. Armed Forces, and a large crowd of civilian guests looked on,” Fox News reported.
“Once given the wreath by a U.S. Army service member, the president transferred it to the stand in front of the tomb. As Biden turned away from the wreath, he hesitated, unsure of where to go. He turned around to face the service member,” the report continued.
At that point, Biden then waited for the U.S. Army sergeant to signal or cue him where to go next. The soldier appeared to direct Biden to get back in line next to the vice president for the remainder of the ceremony.
“Biden gets confused (again),” the RNC Research account tweeted.
Biden gets confused (again) pic.twitter.com/OOfqTvmnnr
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) November 11, 2023
Podcast host and YouTuber Tyler Zed commented, “Our enemies must be shaking in their boots.”
“Most embarrassing, pathetic display of a leader in history,” another user remarked.
“81 million ballots… Yeah,” said another.
“If that was a private in the military, he would be getting kicked out for not knowing his Customs and courtesies. But 81,000,000 people didn’t like Trump for saying mean things. This is pathetic,” another commented.
And the trend continues… pic.twitter.com/MdDfdCR0T1
— 🇺🇸 Pismo 🇺🇸 (@Pismo_B) November 11, 2023
“Quite reassuring while we’re on the brink of WWIII,” another X user said.
Talk radio host Michael Brown ripped into Biden’s handlers for allowing the president to look confused at the ceremony.
“Time to go home. Pathetic at such a solemn ceremony. We shouldn’t laugh at this. Instead we should recognize the Commander-in-Chief is incapable of being the CnC. Someone stop this madness. Looking to you @FLOTUS. Do you love him? Take him home,” he wrote.
Questions and concerns about Biden’s lack of mental capacity to be president have only risen throughout his term.
In August, for instance, a Harvard Harris Poll found that while former President Donald Trump continued to dominate the field of Republican candidates, Biden suffered from a growing perception that he was no longer mentally fit to serve.
The poll found that less than one-third — 32 percent — of respondents believe that Biden is mentally fit to serve as President, while 68 percent expressed doubts about his mental acuity.
The results of the poll indicate that the findings could potentially have an impact on the 2024 Presidential Election. Despite Biden’s overall approval rating standing around 40 percent, the question of his mental fitness might play a decisive role for undecided voters. Poll analysts said that Democrats must proactively address these concerns if they wish to secure a second term for Biden.
In hypothetical matchups, Trump maintains a five-point lead over Biden and a nine-point lead over Harris. In direct matchups, the survey found that DeSantis essentially ties both Biden and Harris.
In June, a national survey conducted for NBC News found that more than two-thirds of registered voters, or 68 percent, said they have moderate to major concerns about Biden “not having the necessary mental and physical health” to be president, a staggering 17-point increase from when voters were asked the same question in October 2020.