Joe Biden Confuses the Indian and American National Anthems – President Joe Biden does some weird things.
If he’s not ending speeches with “God Save the Queen, man!” or struggling to find his way off a stage, he’s apparently holding his hand over his heart while the Indian national anthem plays – something Americans typically reserve only for the American national anthem.
During a recent meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House, Joe Biden appeared to mistake the Indian national anthem for the United States national anthem, holding his hand over his heart until he eventually realized that it was the wrong song.
The moment that Biden realizes he’s making a mistake is painfully obvious, too. After raising his hand to his heart, the president stares into space for roughly 19 seconds, before gradually moving his hand down to his waist. The slow movement of the president’s hand could indicate that he knew he had made a mistake, and may have been an effort to avoid drawing too much attention to himself.
The Republican Party, however, quickly picked up on the video and shared it on the RNC Research Twitter account.
Conservative news site The Daily Caller also showered the clip, stating, “Biden is a gaffe machine.”
It wasn’t just the big accounts that were amazed by the incident, either. Twitter users from all over the country collectively rolled their eyes and sighed as the president made a fool of himself.
And if that wasn’t enough – additional video footage recorded at the end of the ceremony shows the president apparently refusing to let go of the prime minister’s hand. As the pair walk down a set of stairs, First Lady Jill Biden attempts to grab the president’s hand, only for him to remain clinging to the Indian Prime Minister.
Why Modi Visited with Joe Biden
The Indian Prime Minister visited the White House on Thursday as part of an effort by the Biden Administration to strengthen U.S.-Indian relations. During the visit, Modi engaged in discussions with the president and senior members of his administration, and later attended a lavish gala attended by the president’s controversial son, Hunter Biden.
In a statement shared on Twitter, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed the White House’s intention to find new areas for cooperation between the U.S. and India.
“This week we are recognizing the strength of the U.S.-India relationship and our commitment to expand cooperation on shared priorities, including at tonight’s State Dinner hosted by @POTUS for Indian Prime Minister @narendramodi,” Blinken wrote.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer also praised the event, suggesting that it could pave the way towards an alliance that counters China’s expansionist goals.
“It’s going to be one of the most important relationships in the next century,” Schumer said, likely referencing India’s growing and competitive manufacturing sector. “And India, and the West, if we come together, it’s a great bulwark against some of the things the Chinese are doing.”
Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive’s Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.