Filmed during the signing of a text to relaunch American innovation in digital and technology, they show Joe Biden reaching out to the Senate majority leader… whom he had just greeted a few seconds earlier.
Inattention or memory lapse?
On social networks, now, the slightest gesture of the American president is scrutinized closely by his detractors… at the risk of costing him dearly?
The signing by Joe Biden, at the White House, of the law on climate, health and taxes.
While he has just initialed and everyone applauds, the president hands his pen to Joe Manchin, this senator who alone allowed his adoption.
"This is what dementia looks like," wrote one user on Twitter, mocking the US president's seeming confusion, fueled by Joe Manchin's visible incomprehension - which is actually explained by the fact that the senator does not didn't expect this gesture, with its very strong symbolism.
This tweet and accompanying video have been viewed almost three million times.
This is what dementia looks like: pic.twitter.com/e9fof5l4RS
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) August 16, 2022
These videos have multiplied in recent weeks, as have the “opportunities” given by Joe Biden to make fun.
On August 8, the American president, constantly under the camera lenses, was filmed for several tens of seconds without being able to put on his jacket as he descended from the presidential helicopter – not helped by the wind.
A few seconds later, still under the eye of the cameras, it was his sunglasses that he dropped on the ground, without succeeding in recovering them in flight.
President Joe Biden struggled to put his jacket on after exiting a helicopter.
After finally getting his arm into the jacket he dropped his glasses onto the tarmac.
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— Sky News (@SkyNews) August 9, 2022
Last June, he was filmed falling off his bike when he wanted to stop – he will explain that he had his foot stuck in the pedal.
And to this anthology – not exhaustive – we must add these other images, taken in March 2021, when Joe Biden had stumbled while getting on the presidential plane, under the eye of the cameras, again.
Accused of "dementia"
At 79, Joe Biden is an easy target for his detractors.
But age cannot be the only argument when Donald Trump, 76, is his first opponent.
The former American president, who makes no secret of his desire to return to the White House, has long accused Joe Biden of "madness".
A word used again at the end of July, on his own social network
(after being banned from Twitter)
, when his successor had again tested positive for Covid-19.
“Joe Biden’s second episode of Covid-19, sometimes referred to as the China virus, was unfortunately misdiagnosed by his doctors.
Rather, he has dementia,” Donald Trump wrote.
A diagnosis which – it is no coincidence – is repeated repeatedly on social networks.
Debates around Joe Biden's state of health are not new, and the issue was also on the table in his own camp during the race for the Democratic nomination in the last presidential election.
A few months after his inauguration, a pro-Trump group had afforded the luxury of a television clip.
And wondered: “Does Joe Biden have the mental capacity to keep America safe?
Is Joe Biden consistent?
Does Joe Biden have dementia?
In a world that is losing its mind, we don't need a president who has already lost his mind.
2024 in sight
By sharing these videos – sometimes editing them to mock or dramatize the situation – Joe Biden's detractors are preparing for the coming deadlines, and in particular 2024. Despite only 4 out of 10 Americans satisfied, the Democratic president has already said that he would be a candidate for re-election.
Opposite, among the Republicans, regardless of the candidate – the place is mainly played today between Donald Trump and Mike Pence – the idea that Joe Biden is not in a position to govern could only be an asset.
A taste is expected in November, with the midterm elections.