80-year-old Joe Biden put his hand on his chest for the Indian national anthem when he had welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the White House on Thursday.
As the Indian anthem, “Jana Gana Mana,” started, Biden raised his right hand to his chest, holding it there until he apparently realized the bands were not playing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Biden awkwardly lowered his hand after his mistake.
Josh Christenson at New York Post writes:
The White House rolled out the red carpet for Modi, who has served as India’s prime minister since 2014, as part of a state visit to bolster the Washington-New Delhi alliance amid mounting tensions with Russia and China.
The two, joined by about 7,000 guests, were treated to music from the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and a multi-gun salute as they stood shoulder to shoulder on the South Lawn.
Despite the event MC announcing to the crowd that the playing of the Indian anthem would be first, followed by the U.S. anthem, the 80-year-old leader raised his hand to his chest as soon as the music sounded.
Biden, alongside Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, slowly lowers his hand from his heart after realizing they're playing the Indian national anthem first pic.twitter.com/hcb0cpjFmN
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Some twitter users mocked Joe Biden following his obvious gaffe:
Fox News contributor Leo Terrell wrote, “He’s an idiot!”
He's an idiot! https://t.co/gYIUzMnVuM
— TheLeoTerrell (@TheLeoTerrell) June 22, 2023
Brick Suit wondered, “Is Joe getting worse?”
A confused Joe Biden places his hand over his heart for the Indian national anthem. When he realizes his mistake he sheepishly lowers his hand to his side.
Is Joe getting worse? pic.twitter.com/AlCeLJYqMm
— Brick Suit (@Brick_Suit) June 22, 2023
Destiny tweeted, “… he has [no] clue where he’s even at”.
Joe Biden is an embarrassment! He think he’s listening to America’s National Anthem…he has know clue where he’s even at. pic.twitter.com/qthXjJSMGG
— Destiny (@Destiny15_FL) June 22, 2023
“Are we still pretending he’s OK?” Cali asked.
Watch Biden slowly lowering his hand after realizing they're playing the Indian national anthem…
Are we still pretending he’s OK?
— CALI (@CALI4AZ) June 22, 2023
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