I suppose it’s in keeping with his having apparently fallen asleep during his first meeting with Israel’s new foreign minister last Friday, but this may be a bridge too far. Take a look:
Biden appears to check his watch during the dignified transfer ceremony at Dover Air Force Base. pic.twitter.com/oMsBefnmfS
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) August 29, 2021
Here’s a freeze frame courtesy of Weasel Zippers that appears to add confirmation:
The classless move is reminiscent of a stunt his former boss, a golf nut, pulled a couple of times. In the most egregious case, he rushed out to the links mere minutes after reporting the death by beheading of U.S. reporter James Foley at the hands of Muslim militants. Obama later remarked, “You know, it is always a challenge when you’re supposed to be on vacation because you’re followed everywhere. There’s always going to be some tough news somewhere. I should have anticipated the optics.”
It’s not clear whether Biden has someplace to be or is just bored, but the Associated Press painted a very different picture of the scene:
In hushed reverence, President Joe Biden stood witness with grieving families Sunday under a gray sky as, one by one, the remains of 13 U.S. troops killed in the Kabul suicide bombing were removed with solemnity from a military aircraft that brought them home.
The only sounds that could be heard during the mournful ritual of the “dignified transfer” were the quiet commands of the honor guards in battle dress who carried the flag-draped cases, the hum of the C-17 aircraft that had transported the fallen and the periodic sob of the sorrowful.
The dispatch goes on to note that Biden and “Dr.” Jill met privately with family members of the slain soldiers, though it doesn’t specify whether that included Kathy McCollum, who lost her 20-year-old son Rylee in the suicide attack and referred to Biden “a dementia-ridden piece of crap.”