Tuesday was another day in the embarrassment-prone career of US President Joe Biden whom former President Barack Obama overshadowed at an event at the White House organised to celebrate the 12th anniversary of the launch of the Affordable Care Act. Following his speech, Obama shook hands with fans and fellow politicians in the East room while Joe wandered around looking confused, following the speech of the previous democrat head of state.
Biden was seen standing behind Obama and Kamala Harris as they shook hands with people and the current president watched on, with no one paying him any attention. The clip has garnered online reaction, with some people saying the president was outshone by his former boss and that he looks lost. “I guess we know who is really running the White House and it ain”t Joe!” another user tweeted.
Biden, 79, was filmed raising his hands in gentle exasperation, as he was ignored by a group who instead ran to greet Obama, 60.
Criticism of the award interactions emerged on Twitter, causing the 43rd president to jump to his former VP’s defence. “Always great catching up with @POTUS,” he wrote last evening. “Thanks for all you”re doing to help even more Americans get access to quality, affordable health care,” he continued, reposting an image of his reunion with Biden.
Obama was invited back to his old home by his former No. 2 to celebrate the 12th anniversary of the launch of the Affordable Care Act, more casually known as Obamacare.
The duo were together to present the Biden administration’s plan to “fix” the so-called “family glitch” in the ACA.
Before Biden was shunned for his charismatic predecessor, the event had been a lovefest between the two leaders, with both men joking about their time together under Obama’s tenure. They hugged, quipped and laughed as the Democrats in the East Room — crowded to the gills — cheered and applauded.
Obama started his speech by joking he was joined by “Vice President Biden” and said “some changes have been made” in the five years since he left — including all Secret Service agents being “forced to wear aviators” and that “there”s a cat running around” the house. He even joked about having to put on a tie for the day.
“Thank you. Vice President Biden. Vice President; that was a joke,” Obama said to much laughter and applause. He again clarified: “That was all set up. My president, Joe Biden.”
But following his speech, Obama was seen shaking hands with fans and fellow politicians in the East room while Biden — who is the oldest ever president — wandered around looking confused.
In another clip, Biden was seen standing behind Obama and Vice President Kamala Harris as they shook hands with people, while he watched with no one seemingly paying him any mind.
Obama commanding all the attention is not surprising considering the former president remains hugely popular within his party. He also appears markedly-more energetic than 79-year-old Biden, who is on track for a midterms wipeout.
Several polls show Biden”s approval at a dismal 39% and an average from Real Clear Politics has the president averaging a 53.7% disapproval rating.
The clip has garnered online reaction, with some people saying the president was outshone by his former boss and that he can not command respect in his own White House.
One person tweeted: “I almost feel bad seeing this,” while another person tweeted: “The man who purportedly got 80 million votes…but can”t find a single friend in a crowded room”
One person said people should have come up to Joe out of respect: “Sad, you can tell he is lost. At lest respect the office and show the man a little dignity. I don”t agree with his policy or the democrats, but I would have been speaking with him if no one else would,” they tweeted.
“I guess we know who”s really running the White House and it ain”t Joe!” another person tweeted.