A new video appearing to show President Joe Biden falling asleep during a meeting with world leaders has gone viral.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 1, 2021
Biden came under fire earlier this year for appearing to fall asleep while meeting with the prime minister of Israel.
משום מה התקשורת הישראלית נרדמה בעצמה ולא שמה לב לקטע ההיסטורי הזה. חשבתי שבכל זאת כדאי שתכירו 😴 pic.twitter.com/Stb4socnlC
— גלית דיסטל אטבריאן (@GalitDistel) August 28, 2021
Biden fell into a similar controversy earlier this year when he appeared to check his watch during the transfer ceremony for troops killed in Afghanistan.
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
Of course, that moment drew scorn as well for the president, who has endured questions about his age and mental fitness.
“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?”
Fact checkers later defended Biden, saying he did not fall asleep. While Biden did not pass out for several minutes and did respond to the prime minister, he does appear to doze off and reawaken moments later. It’s almost certain his eyes were closed in exhaustion, certainly not a good look for the president.
In the video, Biden appears to doze off at the international G20 summit, where the U.S. is expected to project strength and competence on the world stage.
Biden appears to fall asleep during COP26 opening speeches pic.twitter.com/az8NZTWanI
— Zach Purser Brown (@zachjourno) November 1, 2021
Biden’s sleepy moment drew criticism online.
Looks like BIDEN JUST FELL ASLEEP, head-jerking during the OPENING SPEECHES at COP26
Watch as a staffer has to come wake him up to then clap for a speech he snoozed through