Eye-rolling reaction of mother receiving Medal of Valor from Biden ‘says it all’

The reaction of a fallen police officer’s mother to President Biden, who had just awarded her the nation’s highest honor for bravery by a public safety officer, is going viral.

President Biden honored nine first responders with the Medal of Valor at the White House Wednesday, including two New York Police Department officers who were ambushed and killed after responding to a 911 call and the rookie cop who killed the gunman.

NYPD officers Wilbert Mora and Jason Rivera were shot in Jan. 2022, while responding to a call about a family dispute in Harlem. Gabina Mora accepted the medal on her son’s behalf and the grieving mother appeared less than impressed with Biden.

After flashing a polite smile to Biden when he handed her the award, Mora then looked over to Rivera’s widow and rolled her eyes as Biden slowly made his way past her. The two women seemed to exchange a knowing glance.

The president said in his opening remarks he had previously met with the families, so Mora’s reaction prompts the question of how that encounter might have gone. This is a fair question considering Biden was photographed looking at his watch more than once in August 2021 during the dignified transfer of 13 American soldiers killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.

“Today it’s my honor to award nine brave Americans the Medal of Valor, the highest award this country can bestow on a public safety officer,” Biden said Wednesday. “The award is given for actions above and beyond the call of duty and exhibiting exceptional courage, extraordinary decisiveness, presence of mind, and unusual swiftness in action, regardless of his or her personal safety, in an attempt to save or protect a human life.”

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:


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