Jill tells Joe Biden to pay attention during UK speech, Internet says ‘c'mon Joey’
First lady Jill Biden tried to catch President Joe Biden's attention during a speech Wednesday, June 9, telling her husband to "pay attention" while she was addressing US service members during a trip to the U.K.
Both Joe and Jill Biden delivered remarks to the military at the Royal Air Force Mildenhall in Suffolk, England, during the president's first trip overseas since being sworn into office in January, the Daily Caller reported.
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FLOTUS told service members they could sit down at ease after they stood up out of courtesy as she took to the dais. In the meantime, POTUS turned his back to the podium and gazed at the audience sitting behind.
“Joe, pay attention,” Jill said, signaling to her husband to face forward. Joe Biden silently saluted his wife amid roaring laughter as he turned around.
Jill Biden to Joe during speech: "Joe, pay attention." pic.twitter.com/gl0kEudTYC— Benny (@bennyjohnson) June 9, 2021
Jill told service members that she was “the daughter of a Navy Signalman in World War II and a mother of a Major who was in the Delaware Army National Guard and served a year in Iraq." She said she was "proud" to be with all of them to “begin their first overseas trip" in her capacity as first lady. However, trolls online poked fun at the president.
"He was probably checking some girl out in the crowd there," one Twitter user quipped. "Cmon Joey!! Pay attention to your babysitter," another added. "She’s probably the only thing standing between him and his handlers," one said of Jill Biden.
"It wasn't just Jill reminding Joe to pay attention that was so disturbing. It was also the vacant affect, losing his place on the teleprompter and babbling as a result, and his fragile physical state. I wonder if he will try to sniff the Queen's hair while visiting her in the UK?" another chimed in.
He was probably checking some girl out in the crowd there.— Rob McClure (@RobertMcClure1) June 9, 2021
Cmon Joey!! Pay attention to your baby sitter. 😂😂😂— James Simoncavage (@JSimoncavage) June 9, 2021
She’s probably the only thing standing between him and his handlers.— David Swinford 🇺🇸 (@david_swinford) June 9, 2021
It wasn't just Jill reminding Joe to pay attention that was so disturbing. It was also the vacant affect, losing his place on the teleprompter and babbling as a result, and his fragile physical state. I wonder if he will try to sniff the Queen's hair while visiting her in the UK?— Therese-Elizabeth (@ThereseElizabe5) June 10, 2021
Jill shared a candid photo of herself working on Air Force One during their transatlantic flight to the UK. In the post, FLOTUS said she was "prepping for the G7" hours before she addressed the military in RAF Mildenhall.
While addressing the troops, President Biden choked up as he recalled his late son Beau's military service. In the same speech, however, he issued a thinly-veiled threat to Vladimir Putin amid rising tensions between the US and Russia, saying he would "meet with Mr. Putin to let him know what I want him to know."
Joe Biden will be rubbing shoulders with the Russian president at the G7 summit, and later meet with Queen Elizabeth. "This is a great start. When America is at its best, it’s a force for good in the world," Joe said during his address. "I've been clear, the United States will respond in a robust and meaningful way when the Russian government engages in harmful activities."
The President issued an official statement on his Twitter account following the address. "America is better positioned to advance our national security and our economic prosperity when we bring together like-minded nations to stand with us," the tweet read. "Our unrivaled network of alliances and partnerships are a key American advantage."