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First lady Jill Biden, described sarcastically by some as the “White House babysitter,” once again came to President Joe Biden’s rescue during the G7 summit this weekend.
Video footage of what happened showed that the pair was walking away from a seated gathering when the president got distracted — or “lost,” as some put it — by a question posed to him by a bystander who or may or may not have been a journalist.
“How are your meetings going in Cornwall, Mr. President?” the bystander asked.
The president stopped walking, turned toward the bystander, and asked, “I beg your pardon?”
After the bystander repeated the question, the president replied, “Very well.”
Just as he finished replying, the first lady could be seen rushing to the rescue.
“Come on!” she exclaimed as she swiftly grabbed his hand and began dragging him away from the bystander like a mother dragging her child away from the candy store — and all as the crowd of people around them burst into laughter.
Anyone who has ever had a family member with cognitive decline can recognize this clip. pic.twitter.com/qJfGwJrpRb
— Amy Tarkanian (@MrsT106) June 11, 2021
It’s not clear when and where exactly the video was recorded, except that it was somewhere in Cornwall, England, the location of this year’s G7 summit.
By itself, the incident would likely usually merit shrugs and laughter. But coupled with the numerous other incidences of the president behaving “lost,” confused, and/or distracted, the incident this weekend raised concerns.
It’s a very sad scene. This man look lost.
— Gustavo Adolfo Torres Silva (@chaparralgats) June 11, 2021
It is actually very sad. The poor guy has no idea what he is doing. Just like the VP!
— lacey&jeff (@LlovesJ) June 12, 2021
Yes. I had to “rescue” my wife many times. This looks SO familiar.
— Larry B. Ahrens (@LarryNow) June 11, 2021
Isn’t it getting obvious the way his wife leads him around like a child all the time? Cognitive decline notwithstanding, he’s simply not fit to be President of the US.
— Tony2Putt (@Big_Fork519) June 12, 2021
This is just terrible. Everyone sees that he is not here. And Jill doesnt help matters.
— Freedom (@JournalersCafe) June 11, 2021
My Mom had Alzheimer’s for 12 years. I do see so many similarities in his movements. He shuffles most of the time like he’s lost and he’s distracted easily.
— gmtripp 🇺🇸 (@gmtripp1) June 12, 2021
Critics also wondered why the first lady had looked as if she’d been in such a rush to stop her husband from answering a simple question.
God forbid he be asked an unscripted question.
— Billy Crogan (@Billy_Crogan) June 11, 2021
But some pushed back on these complaints by arguing that he’d simply stopped to answer a question — and that there’s nothing abnormal about this.
Oh man, I must have cognitive decline. I also stop and face people when they randomly call out to me so I can see what’s going on.
— Cata-Log🧢🇺🇸 (@Frakis21) June 11, 2021
I’m not a fan of Biden, at all, but he stopped to answer a question. This just makes conservatives look as bad as liberals were to Trump.
— Wendy Lynn (@WendyLy14762806) June 11, 2021
A person randomly called out a question as he was leaving, with his back turned to them. He turned to face them, asked what was said, then answered.
Not sure where the decline is that you’re seeing. Just normal behavior.
— Cata-Log🧢🇺🇸 (@Frakis21) June 11, 2021
The fact that you are attempting to equate being distracted at dinner the the obvious mental decline of Biden is pretty humorous. I am not one of the most popular people in the world. He should be prepared for softball off the cuff questions, but he isn’t because he is senile.
— BigOrange (@vol_or_nothing) June 11, 2021
While both sides have valid points, there’s no denying that it’s become a habit for the president to get distracted to the point that his wife has to tell him to “pay attention.”
And yes, this really happened …
In the middle of a brief speech delivered before her husband’s official first speech to U.S. troops stationed abroad Wednesday at the Royal Air Force Mildenhall in Britain, the first lady had to turn around to exclaim, “Pay attention, Joe!”
The comments provoked laughter on the assumption that she was joking. But the president’s dementia-like aloofness, endless gaffes, and noted memory lapses left many wondering if she truly had been joking.
After stepping up to the podium to deliver his own speech, the president briefly forgot to tell the airmen to be “at ease.” When he remembered a couple of minutes later, he offered a bizarre explanation for why he’d forgotten.
“I keep forgetting I’m president,” he pithily said.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 10, 2021
It’s stuff like this that makes people legitimately wonder whether Biden is all there. Even Ben Shapiro has claimed the president is allegedly “not fully there.”
President Houseplant is not fully there. We all know this. But Democrats desperately need him in order to put a non-threatening face on some of the most radical policy we have ever seen. So he will be shielded from media questions.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) March 11, 2021
Shapiro is no fringe conspiracy theorist. He’s a highly respected conservative commentator and radio show host — one who sees what appears to be the clear writing on the wall.
Of course, the sycophantic mainstream press sees things differently. In their eyes, the president is practically James Bond:
— TIME (@TIME) June 11, 2021