Biden’s recent speech marred by incessant coughing fits

President Joe Biden was cleared for release from isolation this weekend after testing negative twice in a row following his roughly two-week bout with an initial diagnosis of COVID-19, followed by a “rebound” infection that kept him largely constrained to the White House.

Biden did not appear to be fully recovered during a public event on Tuesday, however, as a speech he delivered was constantly interrupted by fits of coughing, Breitbart reported.

Observers also noted that Biden appeared at times to be lost or not altogether with it, and further pointed out a seemingly significant breach of COVID protocol in that Biden, who had repeatedly coughed into his hand during the speech, then subsequently used that same hand to shake hands with numerous attendees at the event.

Coughing fit

Tuesday morning on the White House South Lawn, President Biden delivered a speech during a signing ceremony for the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, but that speech was marred with countless interruptions by the president’s own coughing.

The coughing was so ubiquitous throughout Biden’s remarks that even the official transcript released by the White House was compelled to denote at least some of the incessant breaks in the speech by inserting the word “coughs” in parentheses in numerous places.

All of that coughing would seem to belie the last update on Biden’s condition provided by White House Physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor on Friday, in which the doctor asserted that the president’s persistent cough “has almost completely resolved.”

Potentially contagious hands

In addition to the constant coughing, Fox News reported that social media erupted with countless observations from users about how generally out of sorts the president still seemed following his lengthy isolation in the White House.

Prior to Biden’s speech, following introductory remarks by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Schumer turned to shake hands with Biden and others, and though Schumer shook Biden’s hand before anybody else’s, Biden continued to hold his hand out as if awaiting an imminent shake with Schumer that never came.

Perhaps most egregious of all, however, is what occurred immediately after Biden concluded his speech and signed the legislation, at which he began to shake hands with all of the lawmakers and guests in attendance — despite having repeatedly coughed directly into those hands countless times just prior to making physical contact.

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