Saturday night at the 2023 Human Rights Campaign National Dinner, First Lady Jill Biden escorted a bewildered-looking President Joe Biden off the stage.
The president, now 80 years old, spoke at a Human Rights Campaign dinner on Saturday night and was escorted off stage by his wife, Jill.
After she and the President delivered keynote addresses in Washington, DC, cameras captured the First Lady returning to her husband and assisting him with the curtain call.
After finishing his speech, the president turned around to wave to the crowd, but the cameras caught him being steered in a particular direction by the first lady. Jill Biden smiled and waved as she accompanied her husband off stage, with one arm on his back.
Jill Biden’s new duty is to watch out for Joe as he exits the stage. After many instances surfaced in the media showing the president having trouble approaching and leaving stages, Jill was brought on as a chaperone.
At the event, Joe and Jill Biden spoke about the fight for LGBTQ+ equality in the United States and worldwide.
A pro-Palestinian demonstrator reportedly shouted “Let Gaza live!” and “Ceasefire now!” at Biden during his speech, as reported by The Guardian. The president paused briefly because he couldn’t understand what was being said.
Biden said, “I can’t hear you.”
Biden nearly tripped and fell when supporting the establishment of clean hydrogen hubs in Philadelphia on Friday.
In March 2021, the president slipped on the stairs leading to Air Force One; in June, he stumbled while crossing the stage at the U.S. Air Force Academy commencement ceremony.
Concerns over Biden’s age have led to reports that the president’s campaign is “terrified” of the possibility of a severe fall for the 80-year-old president. Nonetheless, Jill Biden has stated that mandating mental acuity testing for candidates above 75 is ludicrous.
Two-thirds of the president’s party feels that, at 80 years old, he is too elderly to serve as president.