Joe Biden’s action during D-Day speech goes viral: “Embarrassing”

A video of US President Joe Biden at a D-Day anniversary event in Normandy, France, has gone viral on social media.

On Thursday, the Republican National Committee Research account on X (formerly Twitter) shared a video of Biden on stage alongside his wife, First Lady Jill Biden, and French President Emmanuel Macron with the caption “embarrassing.”

In the video, Biden shakes Macron's hand and then turns to his wife before seemingly sitting down. As the video continues, Biden is seen kneeling slightly and reaching back, apparently searching for a chair.

Newsweek has emailed the White House for comment.

The video was shared during Biden's speech in Normandy, France, to commemorate D-Day, when Allied forces launched an invasion on five different beaches during World War II in hopes of liberating Western Europe from Nazi occupiers. During his speech, Biden paid tribute to those who died on D-Day in 1944 and also spoke about the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine.

“The men who fought here have become heroes. They were entrusted with a bold mission, knowing they would probably die. But they did it anyway because they knew without a doubt that there are things worth fighting and dying for,” Biden said.

“Freedom is worth it. Democracy is worth it. America is worth it. Then, now and always. We cannot surrender to tyrants; that is simply unthinkable. If we do that, freedom will be suppressed and all of Europe will be threatened.”

Numerous social media users shared the video of Biden on stage and many criticized the US President.

“People are trying to figure out what exactly Joe Biden is doing at the D-Day commemoration ceremony,” libertarian organization Young Americans for Liberty wrote on X.

President Joe Biden speaks at the 80th anniversary of D-Day at the American military cemetery in Normandy, France, on June 6. A video circulated online showing an “embarrassing” moment Biden experienced at the event.

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Steve Cortes, a former adviser to former President Donald Trump, wrote: “Patriotic WWII veterans over 100 years old can stand. But Joe Biden struggles to stand for a few brief moments on the 80th anniversary of D-Day. What a shame.”

Biden's age (81) and mental health continue to be a topic of discussion ahead of the 2024 presidential election, which is shaping up to be a rematch of the 2020 race between Biden and Trump. Many Republicans have called for the release of a transcript between Biden and special counsel Robert Hur, who led the investigation into Biden's handling of classified documents.

Hur's report described Biden as an “older man with a poor memory,” and many Republicans called for the full transcript of her interview to be made public.

The Wall Street Journal also recently released a report saying that Biden has shown signs of “decline” in the face of questions about his age recently.