Afghanistan: Radio caller says ‘blame Joe Biden’
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The US President had landed in Washington DC after six days in Delaware, when a snowstorm struck the US capitol. Social media users poked fun at Mr Biden while he was stuck on the Presidential plane.
Due to snowy conditions on the ground, Mr Biden was stranded on Air Force One for 30 minutes.
Airport personnel struggled to get the stairs through the thick snow on the tarmac.
After the stairs were put in place, Mr Biden walked walked down the stairs carefully, one hand on the rail and the other held up to his face to brace himself from the storm.
A Secret Service agent walked right behind the president on the stairs, whereas they keep a few feet back to stay out of the camera shot.
Social media users poked fun at the President’s weather delays, with some pointing out Mr Biden could have used a hanger to disembark.
Twitter user BonBee81 shared a picture mocking the President’s age, and added: “They said he can’t come back to WH because of snow lol, it probably scared him.”
Another user AllanCh14276316 added: “Too bad! You should get out and shovel some heavy wet snow! I hear it’s great for geriatrics.”
User juggalothoughts also said: “He shouldn’t be putting the pilot and crews at risk in these conditions. Selfish selfish selfish.”
However, other social media users praised the President and playfully suggested Mr Biden should have been better dressed for the snow storm.
User yourlittldogtwo said: “POTUS better not catch pneumonia for getting out in the snow with his head uncovered.”
A Carole added: “Good heavens!! The president & SS all need hats on, don’t you think? You can barely see.”
User Rhianwyn joked: “I would have loved it if the crew would have opened up the Emergency Exit Slide! Weeeee!”
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Originally Mr Biden was due to land straight on the South Lawn of the presidential home, however a winter storm closed government offices and schools, as well as grounding the President’s helicopter.
As much as 10 inches of snow was forecast for the District of Columbia, northern Virginia and central Maryland through Monday afternoon.
Police were forced to close the grounds of Capitol Hill as snow caused tree branches to fall.
Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, saw her first press briefing of the year cancelled due to the weather
The White House said in a statement: “Because federal offices in the Washington, DC area are closed, there will be no press briefing today.”
It comes after Sir Christopher Meyer, former UK Ambassador to the US, branded Mr Biden as “too old and too ineffective” to successfully serve as President for the remainder of his mandate.
He argued Mr Biden is a “lame duck president” as he joined detractors of the US leader in criticising his performance so far.
He said: “My crystal ball says he’s too old, too ineffective and the Democratic Party too split to enable him to have a sound basis to recover in the mid-term election.
“I think we should expect a situation in which the Democrats lose either one or both houses of Congress, both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
“If it then happens will render him, Joe Biden, a lame-duck President with a lame-duck vide-president in the shape of Vice-President Kamala.”
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