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Former President Barack Obama tweeted his support for President Biden on Tuesday night shortly after the release of an embarrassing video of a health care event the two hosted earlier in the day.
Obama visited the White House, for the first time since leaving office in 2017, where he and Biden hosted a health care event where they touted the Affordable Care Act and discussed health issues. options to make health care more affordable.
The former presidential duo united again under the roof of the White House, but images and videos from the event showed people adoring the former president, even to the detriment of the man currently in office. the White House.
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One particular video from the evening, which is widely shared online, shows a somewhat embarrassed Biden seemingly wandering the room alone while Obama is crowded with people eager to talk to him.
“Literally, nobody wants to talk to Joe Biden,” the Republican National Committee tweeted, sharing a 13-second clip from the event.
“It’s so sad,” the RNC added, with another 25-second video similarly showing people approaching to talk to Obama and shake his hand while skipping Biden.
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During the event, just before the RNC video, Biden is in the group with Obama, Vice President Kamala Harris, Senator Amy Klobuchar, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others before he leaves and appears to be looking for someone. one in the room.
After a brief moment, Biden stops, turns around to gauge how busy Obama is, then turns and waves to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to join him on stage. She does, and the two then return to Obama, who seems to say he will join them later. Biden and Haaland return to his seats and greet the other guests.
Shortly after the video began making rounds online, the former president praised Biden in a tweet.
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“Always great to catch up with @POTUS. Thank you for all you do to help even more Americans have access to quality, affordable healthcare,” Obama tweeted.
Always great to catch up @POTUS. Thank you for all you do to help even more Americans have access to affordable, quality health care. https://t.co/vDYBIxjIy9
—Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 6, 2022
The event was no doubt planned with the former president to be a much-needed victory for Biden, who faces scrutiny for record inflation, soaring gas prices and blame for not having does more to end the war in Ukraine that has lasted over 40 days.