Biden's awkward finish to bizarre press conference: 'I'm going to go to bed'

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 September 13, 2023

Joe Biden awkwardly signed off a press conference in Vietnam by saying it was his bedtime and then shuffling off stage as jazz music played. 

The 80-year-old president spoke for about 27 minutes in Hanoi, Vietnam, at the G20 summit.

As is typical, Biden slurred his speech and looked sleepy as he called on reporters whose names were listed on a cheat sheet.

Biden's bedtime...

Biden attempted to project strength as he hailed the summit as a success for America and its partners in the Indo-Pacific region.

But toward the end of the presser, Biden appeared to get antsy as he called out to his staff for further instruction.

"I’m just following my orders here. Staff, is there anybody I haven’t spoken to? No, I ain’t calling on you. I’m calling on — I said there were five questions," Biden said.

Biden was then asked whether he is worried about tensions with China and whether Ukraine is becoming a "wedge" between the West and the Global South. India - which Biden hailed as a key ally in his remarks - has expressed ambivalence about Russia's invasion.

Biden responded to the questions with a series of disconnected thoughts before stating bluntly, "But I tell you what, I don’t know about you, but I’m going to go to bed."

No longer hiding it....

It appears Biden was attempting to make light of his old age, but instead it created an uncanny scene.

Moments later, Biden was shooed off stage as reporters continued shouting questions. Biden continued to speak into his mic after it was turned off - before stumbling off stage as jazz music played.

"Thank you everybody. This ends the press conference. Thanks everyone," Biden's press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.

Biden is frequently whisked away from the media by aides watching his every move.

Public confidence in Biden is low, with polls showing that most Americans believe he is too old for his job - but he has often sought to downplay the issue by making self-deprecating jokes.

"If you send me a softball, I wouldn’t know what to do with it. I’d probably strike out even worse," he said in Hanoi.

It appears Biden is no longer even pretending to be vigorous and capable at his job. Disturbing.

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