President Joe Biden has taken fire from all sides over his handling of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, but his latest public relations flubs are just intensifying that scrutiny.
Biden stood with is hand over his heart for the transfer of the flag-draped coffins at Dover Air Force Base.
Video of Biden checking his watch went viral:
Biden appears to check his watch during the dignified transfer ceremony at Dover Air Force Base. pic.twitter.com/oMsBefnmfS
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) August 29, 2021
Some couldn’t believe it was true.
“Honestly had to rewind the last bit of coverage several times to see if what I saw was what I saw. ??? Biden checking his watch at this solemn ceremony as if it was taking too long…..” Don Morellis said on Twitter. “Am I the only one who saw this?” (Story continues below.)
The moment sparked backlash online. Biden has little sympathy from many Americans after his handling of this withdrawal, which has become hugely unpopular for the president.
“Many of us remember Pres Bush 41 checking his watch during a debate and how awful it looked (even though we all felt same way about that debate.)” former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said on Twitter. “But this is shocking and will be remembered.”
The criticism comes just days after Biden was excoriated for appearing to fall asleep during a meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister.
When your wife starts telling you about one of her new shows: pic.twitter.com/BLNicroFUZ
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) August 28, 2021
Fact checkers later defended Biden, saying he did not fall asleep. According to Reuters, the tape was allegedly edited in such a way that is was “misleadingly cropped.” A longer video, from S-SPAN, shows the president awake and talking with Mr. Bennett. It seems, the president had been looking down as Mr. Bennett spoke thereby creating the illusion.