Somebody within the White Home should actually hate Joe Biden.
Who had the silly thought to ask his charismatic predecessor again to upstage the president and humiliate him earlier than the world?
If the concept was to borrow the Barack Obama magic, it backfired. The president simply regarded feeble and unpopular against his limelight-hogging former boss.
Invited again to the White Home for the primary time in 5 years, Obama started his speech Tuesday touting the twelfth anniversary of his Affordable Care Act by referring to the president as “Vice President Biden.”
He shortly adopted up with “That was a joke!” however the level was understood by everybody, that Joe is the beta in that relationship, even when he’s the most powerful man on the planet.
What does that make Obama?
Properly, he talked about himself 33 instances throughout his speech, in response to Steve Visitor, communications adviser for Sen. Ted Cruz. Obama sang his personal praises as he rattled off an inventory of his presidency’s accomplishments.
There was little effort to burnish the battered reputation of the outdated man standing glumly alongside him attempting to look jolly. Beside him, Vice President Kamala Harris was pretty bursting with pleasure.
After the speech, the three luminaries mingled with the gang, and that was the place Obama confirmed his true colours.
In C-SPAN movies, you see Biden, fairly cheery, glad-handing the crowd, Harris at his facet, when all of the sudden, from stage left, emerges Obama, face creased right into a good-looking smile, eyeing the identical group that Biden is schmoozing.
Harris senses Obama’s presence and whips round with a joyous expression, they usually meet one another’s gaze for an immediate. The smile vanishes from Biden’s face as Harris turns away. He spots Obama and a frown furrows his forehead. Obama, by the use of greeting Harris, tosses his head like a horse and she or he responds by hunching her shoulders like an excited child. As a frowning Biden strikes nearer, she pirouettes to face him, trying faintly amused, her lips pursed in a type of non-public “uh oh, lol.”
Biden’s face grows thunderous. He opens his mouth in a snarl, trying straight along with Obama’s head, and says one thing that feels like: “It’s not my . . .” after which stops himself.
Obama ignores him and reaches into the little group of admirers earlier than him, shaking palms and creasing his face right into a good-looking smile. At this stage, Harris has turned away from Biden and positioned herself between the 2 males, mirroring Obama’s attraction pantomime.
Biden grimaces. Then he fixes his eyes on Obama. He reaches round Harris to the touch Obama’s arm and entice his consideration. Obama, smiling animatedly, ignores him, earlier than maneuvering out of arm’s-length.
Biden scowls over his shoulder. Obama’s escape is foiled by a brief, blond lady who lunges in to shake his hand. Biden appears stricken, looking at this lady who has eyes just for Obama and Harris at his facet.
A couple of moments later, he makes his transfer. He thrusts out his left hand and locations his lengthy, white fingers on Obama’s proper shoulder. You possibly can inform Obama feels it, as a result of he involuntarily jerks his head away, a micro-expression of what appears like disgust flitting throughout his face.
Biden is concentrating intently on his hand now gripping tightly onto Obama’s shoulder.
Obama’s eyes swivel in Biden’s course however his head doesn’t transfer. He lets go of the blond lady’s hand with a smile and leans away to shake off the hand now firmly connected to his shoulder. He and the blond lady begin bantering. He laughs at one thing she says.
Biden appears determined and disbelieving as he clings to the shoulder of a person pretending he doesn’t exist.
Obama drops his shoulder, however can’t shake off the hand. A shadow passes over his face — anger, perhaps, or exasperation. He raises his proper hand excessive within the air after which dips it down into the gang to shake one other hand. He swings and dips and leans ahead however the bony, white hand clings on.
Harris, mouth agape in an approximation of ecstasy, stares up at Obama with glistening eyes.
Obama tries once more to shake off the hand, elevating his arm even larger in an exaggerated goodbye wave to his admirers. However Biden clings on.
Nobody to speak to
One of many video clips, posted on social media by the Republican Nationwide Committee’s analysis staff with the caption “Actually nobody desires to speak to Joe Biden,” ends proper there.
However all the C-SPAN video exhibits that within the subsequent second, Obama provides into the inevitable.
He swivels round to face Biden, and the hand lastly lets go. He tosses his head barely on the outdated man and raises his eyebrows as if to say, “What’s up?” As if he didn’t know.
Biden relaxes right into a beaming smile, dignity restored, and finds a lady close by for a courtly introduction to his ex-boss. Then Obama gestures flippantly and strikes off with Harris beside him, Biden trailing.
One other video confirmed Biden and Nancy Pelosi passing inside inches of each other and avoiding eye contact. Biden walks within the different course and raises each arms in a welcoming, “Look who’s right here” gesture to no person who’s seen on digicam, however seems to obtain no response, so he turns again to the place Pelosi had been and finds nothing however a golden curtain. His head turns and there, a number of toes away, he sees Obama holding courtroom, earlier than keen acolytes.
Nobody notices Biden. He pauses earlier than turning his again and strolling away, shoulders slumped.
Rolling Stone and different Democratic operatives fanned out the following day to declare that the RNC’s video clips had been maliciously edited and “taken out of context.”
However, sadly, they weren’t. You possibly can watch all the video from starting to finish and your sense of Biden’s abandonment by his occasion won’t change.
With a haunting violin melody as soundtrack, the flags and younger faces in army uniforms milling round within the background, there’s something tragically iconic in that first video, in a manner I believe we will solely dimly grasp at the moment.
America’s adversaries will know precisely what to assume once they see our forlorn, unloved president, wandering, uncared for and ignored, round his personal home, whereas his underlings fawn over his predecessor. The place had been his employees to avoid wasting him from humiliation? The place, for that matter, was Dr. Jill?
One factor is now clear: the VP isn’t a staff participant. If something, Harris is actively working towards the president and is within the secret thrall of Obama.
We additionally noticed the true character of Obama. He’s nothing but a Mean Girl, consumed along with his personal charms. What a chunk of labor! Wouldn’t it have killed him to point out a little bit grace and kindness to his floundering successor?
Humiliating the president of the USA publicly is fallacious — even whether it is Joe Biden.
In the long run, perhaps there was some 3D-chess genius in inviting Obama to the White Home, as a result of even Biden’s most ardent critics couldn’t assist however really feel a twinge of sympathy for him.