Washington D.C. is buzzing with intrigue about Hunter Biden, but the president's scandal-plagued son was nowhere to be seen during Tuesday night's State of the Union address.
Hunter Biden was once again left off the guest list, the Washington Examiner reported.
His absence wasn't much of a surprise, though, since Hunter Biden has never attended his father's speeches to Congress.
Hunter Biden has kept a low profile since his father entered the White House with the aid of media censors who buried legitimate reporting about the Biden family's overseas business deals.
But there was embarrassment aplenty for the notoriously strange and decadent Biden family during Tuesday night's event, which began with an awkward kiss between Hunter's stepmother Jill Biden and Doug Emhoff, the husband of vice president Kamala Harris.
Jill's guests included rock star Bono, the family of Tyre Nichols, and the ambassador to Ukraine -- a country where the Bidens have some history, to say the least.
Despite his sordid influence peddling abroad, the "Big Guy" channeled his time-honored folksy shtick during Tuesday night's speech -- presenting himself as a salt-of-the-earth guy who understands the struggles of the working class.
Without a hint of irony, the "Big Guy" held forth on the "dignity" of honest work.
"As my Dad used to say, a job is about a lot more than a paycheck. It’s about your dignity. It’s about respect. It’s about being able to look your kid in the eye and say, 'Honey –it’s going to be OK,' and mean it," Biden said.
Biden also did some kotowing to China, despite the country's recent, brazen spying on U.S. military assets.
"I am committed to work with China where it can advance American interests and benefit the world," Biden said.
The relationship between Biden and his son recently came back into focus amid President Biden's classified document scandal, which raised fresh concern about whether Biden's foreign financial ties had compromised national security.
Some of the classified documents were found at a shadowy think tank with alleged ties to China -- and the University of Pennsylvania, where Biden received a six-figure salary for a no-show job as an honorary professor.