Biden coughs into his hand, then shakes hands with officials

During a public address in New Jersey on Monday, President Joe Biden coughed into his hand while unmasked, and then shook hands with several officials who were there to see him, Mediaite reports. 

Video footage uploaded to Twitter shows Biden coughing into his hand as he left the podium, staring at it, and then proceeding to greet officials. He shook hands with at least three men who were wearing masks and clasped the shoulder of a fourth.

Biden was speaking to a crowd to gain support for the infrastructure and social spending proposals that are currently stuck in Congress as the price tag continues to be negotiated.

As usual, he also had Secret Service members around him that were donning masks.

Not the first time

It is not, by far, the first time Biden has failed to follow health protocols that he promotes. Just last week, as Fox News noted, footage was captured that showed Biden and first lady Jill Biden having dinner at Georgetown’s upscale Fiola Mare without wearing masks.

The area has been under an indoor mask mandate since July when D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) reinstituted it, and Fiola Mare’s own private policy mirrors that of the city.

Then again, Bowser herself has failed to follow her own mandate.

She failed to wear a mask indoors at her own birthday celebration, as the New York Post reported at the time, at a wedding reception, and again at a Jack and Jill summit in September.

What are they saying?

There seem to only be two primary reasons why top officials fail to follow their own mandates over and over again.

Many believe that top officials consider the rules for masking and social distancing to be for the general population. Such people are accustomed to being treated as if they’re above everyone else, making it easy to see why they might abide by the “rules for thee, but not for me” mantra that seems to be growing in popularity.

However, others believe the reason is more insidious, suggesting that such elevated people know that masks and other protocols are all but useless at this point, but allows them the power to assert control over the general population. Of course, that’s nothing more than conspiracy theory, but far more believable at this point after what we’ve witnessed over the past 18 months.

With people like Biden and other top officials repeatedly breaking their own rules, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to them when millions of Americans take a step back and question why, exactly, that is.

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