A series of photos of President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden appearing to have words has sparked concerns of “elder abuse.”
The photos, taken by The Associated Press on Wednesday, appear to show President Biden growing frustrated, and then hanging his head.
A story in four parts: pic.twitter.com/Xdd1OfJQCT
— Jake Schneider (@jacobkschneider) July 6, 2022
“President Joe Biden speaks with first lady Jill Biden before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, July 6, 2022, in Washington,” the AP’s caption read. “Biden is traveling to Cleveland to announce a new rule that will allow major new financial support for troubled pensions that cover some 2 million to 3 million workers.”
The Western Journal, however, provided a bit more color in its description of the photos.
“In the first photo, Biden appears to be talking with his wife in a raised voice, judging by his expression,” the outlet said. “In the next, his head is drooped slightly and he’s squinting.
“The third photo, however, is what will get the most attention: Biden’s head hangs low, his face fixed in a childish frown,” The Western Journal added. “In the final photo, a still-squinting Biden walks away.”
The photos come as President Biden, 79, faces questions about his cognitive abilities amid a series of gaffes.
On Twitter, many users claimed what was happening in the photos could be an instance of elder abuse.
— jaylen (@jaylen_nv) July 9, 2022
Elder abuse is not a laughing matter. https://t.co/R8Pl1frRhH
— Arlena Rio Dell (@ArlenaRio) July 6, 2022
This has been elder abuse from the very beginning and the Biden family and the DNC are all complicit and should be charged for it. These people are destroying our country.
— Tim Shepperson (@Nittany64) July 8, 2022
it's an elder abuse story 💕 https://t.co/N8TSYuvMOR
— Kay | #IksteunONZEboeren (@keybrackson) July 7, 2022
The photos were taken just days before Biden appeared to read aloud teleprompter directions during a speech Friday about abortion.
“One of the most extraordinary parts of the decision, in my view, is the majority writes, and I quote, ‘Women…”— it’s a quote now, from the majority—’Women are not without electoral or political power. It is noteworthy that the percentage of women who registered to vote and cast a ballot is consistently higher than the percentage of the men who do so,'” Biden said.
At that point, he appeared to read the instructions on the teleprompter.
“End of quote,” Biden said. “Repeat the line.”