Jill Biden has 'please clap' moment

 May 29, 2023

Jill Biden had her own "please clap" moment during a speech in Washington D.C.

The First Lady was going for a soaring message of unity that fell flat with the audience at the Reagan Institute Summit on Education Thursday.

"I’ve visited red states and blue states and I’ve found that the common values that unite us are deeper than our divisions," she said.

Please clap!

After an uncomfortable pause, Biden added, "I thought you might clap for that," to loud applause.

The message of unity Biden was attempting to send recalls her husband's campaign pledge to "heal" the nation's wounds in 2020.

Many would argue he has done the opposite since. President Biden has regularly divided Americans against each other while weaponizing the government against his political enemies, who he regularly describes as threatening and extreme.

His wife's "please clap" moment echoes the supplication of former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who Donald Trump mocked as "low energy" during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Gaffe machines

To her credit, Jill Biden handled the incident with more grace than her husband, who notoriously scolded U.S. soldiers as "stupid bastards" in a 2016 speech.

"Come on, man. Man, you are a dull bunch. Must be slow here, man. I don't know," he added.

On the campaign trail in 2020, Biden notoriously mistook his wife for his sister. His continued pattern of concerning behavior has drawn closer attention to his age as he seeks re-election with his wife's support.

71-year-old Jill Biden is nearly a decade younger than her husband, who is the oldest president in U.S. history at age 80. Biden is also suffering from low popularity and partisan enthusiasm.

Doctor's orders

While her gaffes aren't as constant as her husband's, Jill Biden's public speaking has come under scrutiny now and then, with her cringe-inducing efforts to pander to Hispanics drawing particular mockery and outrage.

While campaigning for her husband in 2019, "Doctor" Jill Biden urged an audience to applaud after they failed to react to gun control talking points.

"Finally someone is standing up to the NRA and keeping our children and our schools safe," she said, adding seconds later, "That's my applause line, come on."

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