Former Vice President Joe Biden confused supporters and critics alike when he appeared to briefly nibble on his wife’s finger during a campaign stop in Iowa.
The bizarre display of affection (maybe?) came when the Democratic presidential candidate’s wife, Jill Biden, stood behind the podium to introduce him. The speech itself appeared pretty generic for a Biden campaign event. At one point during the speech, Jill stretched out her hand toward her husband, and that’s when the 77-year-old former VP appeared to put his mouth over her fingertips.
The strange display garnered a plethora of responses from the media. The Washington Examiner compiled a list, which included the Independent Women’s Voice.
“You don’t have to do this Joe, you really don’t,” the IWV tweeted.
For many, the incident serves as just the latest evidence that the aging Joe Biden is too mentally compromised in his old age to sit in the Oval Office. Critics reacted similarly when he said parents should have a record player on throughout the night to improve their children’s vocabulary. Other infamous gaffes from just this election season alone also include him saying how much he enjoyed being in Vermont during a media stop at a New Hampshire town.
Naturally, Biden is not without his defenders. One of them is Lis Smith, an advisor for fellow Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.
“Moments of humanity and affection are allowed in politics. And they are rare,” Smith wrote on Twitter. “To the folks tweeting this out like it was ‘weird’ or ‘bad’- I truly hope your next holiday weekend was better than this one.”
Whatever your take on this is, it was definitely an odd moment — but far from Joe’s worst. His affinity for sniffing the hair of young girls still takes the cake.