A video of US President Joe Biden appearing lost on stage during an event has shocked the internet. The President was addressing the Global Fund’s Seventh Replenishment Conference in New York on Wednesday. After his speech, he turned to leave the podium but stopped and looked lost. Mr Biden was also seen saying some words which were not clear due to the thunderous applause at the event venue. Many users have posted the video on Twitter and other social media platforms.
The event was organised to raise funds to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. A staggering $14.25 billion were raised in this regard, the highest amount ever pledged for a multilateral health organisation.
In his speech, Mr Biden thanked all the participants for the contributions made. “Thank you for fighting for what counts. This is all about saving lives – there’s no ambiguity here – working with partners to ensure that all communities are healthy and strong – at least have a shot at being healthy and strong; that people everywhere can live in dignity,” he said, according to the speech uploaded on the White House website.
“Let’s demonstrate our collective power to take on challenges that matter most in people’s lives and deliver progress. We have so much to do, so let’s get to work. And thank you all for all you’re doing,” he further said.
But as the President turned right to leave the podium, he stopped for a second, wondering if he has to get down from here. The host then read out a thank you note which attracted the attention of the 79-year-old.
The video has been viewed nearly two million times.
This is not the first time that the US President has been mocked for gaffes. In April, a video showed Mr Biden was seen stretching his hand out for a handshake after a speech when no one was around.