After what many saw as an embarrassing visual of Joe Biden’s presidency, former President Barack Obama appeared to throw a lifeline with a tweet showing support for his former vice president.
A much-touted health event at the White House saw the return of the 44th president, his first time back since leaving office in 2017. Celebrating the anniversary of Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act which he signed into law in 2010, the event was also being seen by many as a much-needed shot in the arm for the Biden administration.
Mr. President, welcome back to the White House.pic.twitter.com/JY2pjxOQKd
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 5, 2022
“It’s an honor to welcome my friend President @BarackObama back to the White House. I look forward to discussing the big step we’re announcing today that would expand coverage under the Affordable Care Act for families and lower health care costs for hardworking Americans,” Biden tweeted Tuesday.
And after videos began circulating online of awkward moments at the White House event, it seemed like Obama’s response lent some needed support for the failing Biden who is facing cratering poll numbers amid record-high inflation, disastrous foreign policy decisions and soaring gas prices.
“Always great catching up with @POTUS. Thanks for all you’re doing to help even more Americans get access to quality, affordable health care,” Obama tweeted, in what appeared to be a face-saving gesture after the online reaction to videos.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 6, 2022
But the scene at the White House a few hours earlier was what the Republican National Committee described as “so sad.”
“Literally no one wants to talk to Joe Biden,” the RNC tweeted along with a short video clip from the event.
While Obama is surrounded by people eager to rub elbows and connect with the former president, Biden appeared a bit lost, seeming to wander alone in the room. Adoring attendees seemed to walk right by the current president to get to Obama, as seen in videos circulating online.
Obama came to the White House today, immediately got mobbed, and no one wanted to talk to Biden. pic.twitter.com/69B2H92XVV
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) April 5, 2022
This is so sadpic.twitter.com/pb959HYIQy
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) April 5, 2022
Though some Twitter users pushed back, claiming the video clip was not complete and therefore, “literally nothing” happened.
Pro tip: D or R, when a video is cut down to barely any length it’s nearly always to make it look worse than it is.
Reality: Biden wanted Sec. Haaland to connect with President Obama. Looks for her. Spots her. Sees Obama is busy talking. Goes and gets her.
Literally nothing. pic.twitter.com/bIiq2DZhkl
— Old Rant Dump (@TrumpinTheShark) April 5, 2022
“During the event, immediately before the RNC video, Biden is in the group with Obama, Vice President Kamala Harris, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and others before he leaves and appears to be searching for someone in the room,” Fox News noted, referring to the RNC video clip.
“After a brief moment, Biden then stops, turns back to gauge how busy Obama is, and then turns and gestures to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to join him on the stage. She does, and the two then walk back to Obama, who appears to say he will walk over to them later. Biden and Haaland return to her seats and greet other guests,” Fox News added.
Though the debate continued on Twitter about the context and full videos, the images – even for a few moments – set off many reactions.
Images posted online celebrated the return of Obama to the White House.
This is so awesome. pic.twitter.com/cKDABNhXQ3
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) April 5, 2022
Biden and Obama today, back in Oval Office: pic.twitter.com/iLUNhbPJpF
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) April 5, 2022
But even Biden’s attempts to look in charge vanished in the wake of remarks such as this:
— CSPAN (@cspan) April 5, 2022
Biden: “My name is Joe Biden. I’m Barack Obama’s Vice President.” pic.twitter.com/DmH9dkpcv7
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) April 5, 2022
Reactions to the spectacle exploded on social media where more videos and comments abounded.
Obama walks ahead of Biden ??? pic.twitter.com/8oaRq5mxVT
— hiso (@Helswicks) April 6, 2022
Biden is weak – the international community knows it
Obama went to the White House and made it worse.
— Barb (@Jean010160) April 6, 2022
Uh, what is happening? pic.twitter.com/iriaMaFX8Q
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) April 5, 2022
I think anyone who saw it must of felt embarrassed for him.
— sailor (@sailor79634600) April 6, 2022
That clip with Biden walking around aimlessly while Obama gets all the attention is painful to watch.
— Kotey (@Amassasin) April 6, 2022
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