Joe Biden’s predictable gaslighting of the American people during the 2023 State of the Union was hardly shocking, but it was the moments leading up to the speech that stole the evening.
Situating themselves in the halls of Congress ahead of the arrival of President Biden, First Lady Jill Biden and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff shared a kiss on the lips that set both Twitter and the internet on fire.
The kiss occurred as the First Lady was making her way to her seat and encountered Emhoff, who was already there. Donald Trump Jr. perhaps summarized the whole thing best. “Weird,” he succinctly wrote on Twitter.
First Lady Jill Biden and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff share a moment ahead of President Biden’s State of the Union. pic.twitter.com/0qsLzWTf0Q
— The Recount (@therecount) February 8, 2023
The rest of Twitter swiftly reacted
“We’re off to a HOT start,” tweeted conservative commentator Greg Price.
“Did Jill Biden just kiss Kamala’s husband on the LIPS?!” Benny Johnson wrote.
“This is the last thing I expected to see tonight,” weighed in conservative writer and commentator Collin Rugg.
“Jill Biden and Kamala’s husband… All I can say is yikes,” End Wokeness said.
“I did not have this on my State of the Union bingo card… “ entrepreneur Jason Robertson chimed in.
The website MEAWW captured a whole lot more reactions to the strange and disturbing embrace.
The awkward incident occurred when President Biden‘s wife entered the Chamber as she walked toward the crowd and joined Emhoff to stand at his side, who then took the First Lady’s hand before the two briefly kissed on the lips. The moment immediately went viral on Twitter. With one of many pointing out, “Wait….whaaaaaaat the f*ck just happened?? Jill Biden just kissed the husband of Kamala Harris on the lips!” Another said, “WHAT IN THE ACTUAL HELL. Did @FLOTUS and @SecondGentleman just kiss on live national television?” While an individual wrote, “I’m literally in shock.”
Some reports call it scripted, as people don’t just casually move in for the smooch at the same time. That seems likely. Knowing Brandon would be both unimpressive and deceitful during the speech, the kiss would provide cheap fodder for analysis of the event in the following days.
But it goes deeper than that. As the New York Post wrote, not a single person in the vicinity seemed fazed. Sure, maybe Emhoff and Biden were in on it, but was everyone else? This is where it gets really weird. Either the whole room knew what to expect – or their expectations of the two first couples are so low that the spouses of the sitting President and Vice President locking lips barely registers anymore.
“No one in the immediate vicinity seemed fazed by the kiss between the President’s wife and Vice President’s husband. The group continued to clap through the peculiar pecking,” the Post wrote. It also noted that the odd couple “continued to hold hands in the moments after the cozy display as Biden positioned herself on the other side of Emhoff.”
About the State of the Union itself, former president and chief political rival for the WHite House in 2024, Donald Trump, hilariously offered his own take on the near-annual speech.
“I will be doing, by popular request, a live and full ‘Play by Play’ analysis of The State of the Union Address, TONIGHT ON ‘TRUTH’ AT 9:00 P.M.
“If properly done, and if Joe has just a modestly good night, this speech has the opportunity to rival any of the World’s great orators, including, Lincoln, Washington, and, of course, the late, great, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Sir Winston Churchill. Watch Truth Social tonight. Enjoy!”
Featured image: Screen shot from embedded Twitter video.
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