PRESIDENT Joe Biden had another awkward moment on Friday after he complimented a little girl’s appearance at a Virginia military base.
“I love those barrettes in your hair, man,” Biden told the girl. “I tell you what, look at her, she looks like she’s 19 years old, sitting there like a little lady with her legs crossed.”
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The little girl, who appeared to be no older than an elementary student, was accompanied by her parents and two older brothers on stage.
Biden was introduced by the girl’s mom at the Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia.
The president’s remarks were quickly picked up on social media, drawing the attention of many of his critics.
Nathan Wurtzel, a Republican consultant, tweeted “That’s pretty *&^%$!ed up.”
Wurtzel followed up in a subsequent tweet: “I guess that explains the Lincoln Project support.”
People commenting on Biden’s remarks didn’t just stop there.
RealClearPolitics co-founder Tom Bevan tweeted “um, wut” while Ricochet’s Jon Gabriel tweeted “dude has issues.”
Other reactions were even more succinct.
Conservative podcast host Stephen Miller even posted a photo of Kathy Bates from the movie Misery and captioned it: “This is going to be his last straw. We’re not going to see him for the next two weeks.”
This isn’t the first time the president has made awkward remarks onstage.
While serving as vice-president, Biden stood behind Ash Carter’s wife Stephanie in 2015 while Carter was sworn in as defense secretary.
He then held Stephanie’s shoulders and whispered something in her ear.
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That same year, Biden gave Senator Chris Coons’ 13-year-old daughter a kiss on the forehead after swearing in Coons.
His personal effects have been the subject of accusations during the presidential campaign, with women accusing him of inappropriate contact.
He then released a campaign video promising to “be more mindful and respectful of people’s personal space.”