Joe Biden jokes ‘don’t jump’ to child on New York balcony
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In a video shared online, President Biden addressed crowds in New York following the devastating flash flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. An advisor next to the President directed his eyes towards a child standing on a nearby balcony.
“Look at that nice kid with the American flag, say hello,” the advisor said.
President Biden spoke: “How are you pal, how old are you?”
The child responded: “Seven.”
President Biden quipped: “You are getting old!
Joe Biden (Image: PA)
“By the way, the neat thing about America, every time we end up with a problem going into a serious circumstance, we come out better than when we came in.”
“That’s because we are so diverse, that’s America. Be proud of it.”
“And don’t jump.”
The comment was met with laughter from the crowd.
President Biden (Image: PA)
People responded to the video on Twitter: “He’s made this ‘joke’ in front of cameras at least 4 times in the past year, all to people that were on an elevated level.”
Someone else commented: “He’s used that line before in 2020.”
Others were more critical of Biden online.
One user responded: “Is making a comment about a kid jumping off a balcony now a joke? Wow.”
Biden sitting in the White House (Image: PA)
Another wrote: “What’s the issue with that? I don’t like him but there’s genuinely nothing wrong with this”
President Biden has suffered other blunders in recent weeks, in an interview with George Stephanopoulos he admitted the withdrawal from Afghanistan could not have happened without any mistakes.
He said: “The idea that somehow, there’s a way to have gotten out without chaos ensuing, I don’t know how that happens.”
However, on July 8 at a White House briefing, Biden said the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan was “not inevitable.”
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President Biden with Vice President Kamala Harris (Image: PA)
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He added: “The likelihood there’s going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely,” and that the withdrawal was occurring in a “secure and orderly way.”
However, after the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul in 10 days on August 15, it left thousands of Afghans and US nationals trying to flee the country.