But I’m the President now! Joe Biden looks lonely as staff ignore him and flock to Barack Obama during ex-President’s first trip back to White House
- On Tuesday former president Obama joined Biden at the White House to celebrate the 12th anniversary of the launch of the Affordable Care act
- But following his speech, Obama was seen shaking hands with fans and fellow politicians in the East room while Joe wandered around looking confused
- Biden was also seen standing behind Obama and Kamala Harris as they shook hands with people and he watches on with no one paying him any mind
- The clip has garnered online reaction, with some people saying the president was outshone by his former boss and that he looks lost
- ‘I guess we know who’s really running the White House and it ain’t Joe!’ another person tweeted.
Joe Biden has been pictured looking lost after fans ignored him to flock around Barack Obama during the former president’s first trip back since leaving office.
Biden, 79, was filmed raising his hands in gentle exasperation Tuesday, as he was ignored by a group who instead ran to greet Obama, 60.
The 43rd president was invited back to his old home by his former vice president to celebrate the 12th anniversary of the launch of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.
Obama, 60, and Biden, 79, were together to present the Biden administration’s plan to ‘fix’ the so-called ‘family glitch’ in the ACA.
Before Biden was shunned for his charismatic predecessor, the event had been a lovefest between the two leaders, with both men joking about their time together under Obama’s tenure. They hugged, quipped and laughed as the Democrats in the East Room – crowded to the gills – cheered and applauded.
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Joe Biden is seen wandering around the East Room looking for someone to talk to
Obama is seen to the side chatting with fellow politicians while President Biden looks on alone
Obama started his speech by joking he was joined by ‘Vice President’ Biden, said ‘some changes have been made’ in the the five years since he left
Obama started his speech by joking he was joined by ‘Vice President Biden’ and said ‘some changes have been made’ in the the five years since he left – including all Secret Service agents being ‘forced to wear aviators’ and that a ‘there’s a cat running around’ the residence. He even joked about having to put a tie for the day.
‘Thank you. Vice President Biden. Vice President – that was a joke,’ Obama said to much laughter and applause.
He again clarified: ‘That was all set up. My president, Joe Biden.’
But following his speech, Obama was seen shaking hands with fans and fellow politicians in the East room while Biden – who is the oldest ever president – wandered around looking confused.
In another clip, Biden was seen standing behind Obama and Vice President Kamala Harris as they shook hands with people, while he watched with no one seemingly paying him any mind.
Obama commanding all the attention is not surprising considering the former president remains hugely popular within his party.
He also looks appears markedly-more energetic than 79 year-old Biden, who is on track for a midterms wipeout.
Several polls show Biden’s approval at a dismal 39 percent and an average from Real Clear Politics has the president averaging a 53.7 percent disapproval rating.
The clip has garnered online reaction, with some people saying the president was outshone by his former boss and that he can not command respect in his own White House.
One person tweeted: ‘I almost feel bad seeing this,’ while another person tweeted: ‘The man who purportedly got 80 million votes…but can’t find a single friend in a crowded room’
One person said people should have come up to Joe out of respect: ‘Sad, you can tell he is lost. At lest respect the office and show the man a little dignity. I don’t agree with his policy or the democrats, but I would have been speaking with him if no one else would,’ they tweeted.
‘I guess we know who’s really running the White House and it ain’t Joe!’ another person tweeted.