Biden gets lost on the stage at the Global Fund Conference and South Korea's president has a hot mic moment

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Joe Biden and other world leaders held a donor conference Wednesday in New York for the Global Fund Conference. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria raised $14.25 billion. This was the highest amount ever pledged for the health organization but it fell short of its $18 billion goal.


The United Kingdom and Italy said they would announce their pledges at a later time. Joe Biden generously pledged $6B on behalf of the United States. Your tax dollars at work.

The Global Fund has a record of decades of progress against the diseases but was set back by the COVID pandemic. The Global Fund was created in 2002 and brings together governments, multilateral agencies, civil society groups, and the private sector. Each funding cycle last three years.

As we know, Biden is in New York for the U.N. General Assembly. He delivered an address Wednesday and he also spoke at the Global Fund Conference. Many observers of Biden know that he usually does something cringeworthy at these big gatherings. Besides his usual difficulties in clearly articulating a major speech before the leaders of the world, he ended his speech by thanking the audience for their tolerance and for listening to him. It was weird and embarrassing. Instead of projecting strength, Biden ended on a passive and groveling note.

Biden had another cringey moment when he spoke to the Global Fund Conference. He delivered his remarks and then, as the audience clapped, he began to exit the stage. Unfortunately, he got to the end of one side of the stage and didn’t know what to do, how to get off the stage. He stopped and began to ask those in the audience how to get off the stage.


Note that whoever that was trying to speak and distract the audience to give Biden’s dazed and confused routine cover was a little surprised to see Biden stop, listen to him for a moment, and then try to leave again. What a mess.

Where is his staff? Why wasn’t someone there to step forward and tell him what to do?

As applause ensued, the U.S. president began walking off the stage before abruptly stopping in his tracks and looking around with an appearance of confusion on his face.

He then seemed to ask people on the ground how to get off stage and did a few stuttering steps.

A man came to the microphone at the event to say: ‘Uh, Mr. President, thank you,’ as he wandered around the stage.

This caused further confusion on the part of the president who slowly inched his way off stage, stopping every few steps to look back at the speaker thanking him for his leadership and remarks.

The clip of the awkward side-steps went viral on social media as another example of doubt regarding Biden’s physical and mental fitness for the presidency. On Sunday during his 60 Minutes interview, Biden shot down suggestions he was too old or unfit to run again in 2024 – and said ‘watch me’.

Does he really want us to watch him?

After Biden pledged the American contribution – subject to Congressional approval – the president of South Korea was caught on a hot mic ranting about Biden. He wanted to know why Biden would give Congress the opportunity to embarrass him by rejecting the amount of the pledge. Them’s the breaks, President Yoon Suk-yeol. That’s how it is done in the United States.


Yoon, a political novice who took office in May, is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, and chatted on Wednesday with Joe Biden during a photo op at the Global Fund where the U.S. president had just pledged $6 billion.

“How could Biden not lose damn face if these f****rs do not pass it in Congress?” Yoon was caught saying to his aides afterwards in video that went viral in South Korea.

A YouTube video of Yoon’s comments racked up over two million views just hours after it was posted, and “f****rs” became the number one trending topic on Twitter in South Korea on Thursday.

“The president’s words and actions are the national dignity of the country,” one YouTube commenter wrote.

Yoon’s crude comments appear to refer to Mr. Biden’s drive to increase U.S. funding to the Global Fund, which would require congressional approval. The fund is a global health care initiative founded more than two decades ago to battle HIV and tuberculosis around the world, but which now works to ensure access to health care for people across the developing world.

Perhaps the new South Korean president should remember that the United States is his country’s key security ally. There are about 27,000 troops in South Korea.

South Korean officials tried to do some clean-up after the remarks went viral.

“He wasn’t speaking publicly on the stage but in passing, and although I don’t know who recorded it and how, I actually think it should be verified,” a South Korean official told reporters afterward, according to Yonhap.

“I think it’s highly inappropriate to draw a link between private remarks and diplomatic accomplishments,” the official added, referring to criticism that Yoon had created a diplomatic disaster. “It’s quite regrettable that a diplomatic disaster is being talked about over something like that when he is doing everything to complete a demanding schedule in the national interest of the Republic of Korea.”


Whatever happened to Biden crowing about America being back on the world stage? He’s being mocked and laughed at. It’s sad. Biden is too old for the job. The longer he is in office, the worse it gets.

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