A viral video of US President Joe Biden appearing disoriented after a speech at the UN General Assembly in New York – days after he defended his age and said he was fit enough to run – has fueled new questions about his ability to be president, notes Sky News.
Joe Biden, disoriented after a speech given in New York. PHOTO video capture
Biden, 79, had finished his speech at the Global Fund Conference in New York on Thursday to applause from the crowd when he walked away from the lectern.
He took a few steps, both arms carefully positioned in front of him, when he suddenly stopped and looked back.
He appeared disoriented and looked around before asking members of the crowd and his security team how to get off the stage.
Biden was interrupted by the host of the event, who thanked the president again.
Biden looked back at the man addressing him, looking increasingly confused, and then walked firmly to the edge of the stage, where he remained standing as he listened to the presenter.
The video started being shared on social media and has since gone viral. A senator and his staff commented on what they saw: “Terrible. This is the supreme commander of the country”Texas Senator Ted Cruz said on Twitter, sharing the clip on his own account.
Sen. Cruz’s communications adviser, Steve Guest, echoed those remarks.
“Joe Biden is completely lost on stage. Scary and sad,” he said.
There were also netizens who came to her defense and claimed that age did not play a role, saying that she simply did not know where the exit was and then stopped to listen to the host out of respect.
This event follows his appearance on the US show 60 Minutes where he was asked about concerns about whether or not he is fit for office.
“And when you hear that, I wonder what you think?” asked journalist Scott Pelley.
President Biden responded to his challengers and told them to “follow him.”
“Look at me. And to be honest, that’s all I think. Look at me. If you think I don’t have the energy level or the mental acuity, then, you know, that’s one thing”he said.
“I respect that people would say ‘You’re old,’ but I think it has to do with how much energy you have and whether or not the job you’re doing is in line with what anyone of any age would be able to do.” .
His health has been questioned and at times overshadowed his presidency since his election victory over Donald Trump nearly two years ago.