Joe Biden Appears To Fall Asleep During Climate Change Summit

It was reported by Newsweek that President Joe Biden was seen on camera appearing to fall asleep during a United Nations climate change summit, prompting both criticism and sympathy.

A video posted on Twitter by Zach Purser Brown, a reporter with The Washington Post, showed the president closing his eyes for about 20 seconds during the opening speeches of the COP26 summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on Monday. An aide is seen approaching the president, who then opens his eyes and claps as the speech ends.

The video soon went viral, and has been viewed more than 4.6 million times as of early Tuesday. Some criticized the president for the optics of the moment, but others expressed sympathy for the president’s jet-lagged state. He arrived in Glasgow after meeting with Group of 20 leaders in Rome.

House Republicans tweeted “America is in crisis, and Joe Biden is asleep at the wheel.”

New York Post went on to report that Biden appeared to doze off while listening to Eddie Ndopu, a disability rights activist, who began losing the president as he warned that global warming threatened “our ability to grow food and even to survive.”

Biden’s eyelids drooped for the longer spell as Ndopu, who is also black and gay, said, “I call on you to commit to concrete actions to stop the destruction of this magnificent planet.”

“This conference is one of the most important meetings in history,” Ndopu continued as Biden’s eyes remained closed.

“You have the chance to make decisions and reach agreements which will affect the lives of generations to come. You are in a position of extraordinary power. You can change forever the trajectory we are on. You can make a world that is once again full of hope, not fear.”

Biden’s aide snapped him back to attention just in time to applaud. The president proceeded to rub the sleep from his eyes.

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