President Biden’s recent encounter with Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, known as “Lula,” once again displayed Biden’s age, as he forgot to shake Lula’s hand before leaving the stage after a joint event at the United Nations.
The incident unfolded following Biden’s speech on workers’ rights in New York City. After concluding his remarks, he shook hands with International Labor Organization Director-General Gilbert Houngbo, who was also on stage. Biden then paused to wave and salute the audience before slowly turning away.
Every leader in the world must laugh at Joe Biden behind close doors and also must think how stupid are the Americans who voted for him. 😂
Biden forgets to shake hands with Brazil's President, salutes news reports instead. 🤦🏻♂️🤪 pic.twitter.com/Yb5c6zdnJJ
— 🗡️🛡️Sir Rickster🛡️🗡️ (@Rickster_75) September 21, 2023
As Biden walked away, Lula approached him, seemingly to extend a handshake. However, the President appeared to be heading in the opposite direction. This prompted Lula to gesture toward his side of the stage in apparent frustration before walking away.
This gaffe occurred on the same day that President Biden faced criticism on social media for reportedly repeating the same story at a fundraiser twice, within minutes of each other, using nearly identical phrasing.
The pool report from Politico’s Jonathan Lemire, who was accompanying the President on Wednesday, noted, “After briefly touting his economic record, POTUS reflected on his decision to seek the presidency. He told the story about the events of Charlottesville in 2017 as the reason for his campaign. A few minutes later, he told the story again, nearly word for word.”
This incident reignited discussions about President Biden’s age, with some users suggesting that these lapses may be attributed to his advanced age. A recent Associated Press-NORC poll revealed that 77% of Americans believe Biden is too old for a second term. Notably, 69% of Democrats shared this sentiment, indicating that concerns about the President’s age are not confined to party lines.
These occurrences add to a series of public embarrassments that have prompted questions about President Biden’s fitness for office. Such concerns have been raised by members of both the Democratic and Republican parties since he took office.