Biden’s painfully zoned out, ‘uh’-filled pause when asked how Jill feels about him intending to run again

President Joe Biden has been referred to as “Sleepy Joe” previously and he lived up to that moniker during an MSNBC interview, appearing to doze off or zone out when he was asked if First Lady Jill Biden supported his plans to run in 2024.

During the interview on Friday with MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart, Biden gave a strange answer when asked whether he would run for the presidency in 2024 or not. He said it was his “intention” to do so.

This follows Biden telling CBS’ Scott Pelley that his decision on whether to run or not for reelection was “not firm” and would “remain to be seen.”

“I have not made that formal decision, but it’s my intention, my intention to run again, and we have time to make that decision,” Biden asserted in the interview.

When asked what the first lady thought of his running for office, Biden looked for all the world as if he nodded off with Capehart catching him, evidently believing that was what happened as well. He verbally nudged the president before Biden responded that she thinks they are doing “something very important” and is in favor of his running for a second term.

(Video Credit: 60 Minutes)

The president appeared tired and not entirely there during the interview.

Biden claimed that he would be motivated to run if former President Trump was also seeking a second term.

Then he brought up his late son Beau, whom he said would have told him to run “depending on who the opponent is,” according to Fox News.

Biden’s response to the question of whether he would run for reelection or not was pretty much a non-answer. His answers were wholly unsatisfying and made it appear that his intention is exactly the opposite of what he stated during the interview.

The president did admit that if he made an official decision, it would change his approach and he would have to act more like a candidate moving forward.

The White House continually claims he is running in 2024. Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has repeatedly insisted that Biden intends to run again in 2024 despite concerns over his age from Democratic strategists and media outlets.

“The president, as you know, has been asked that question many times, and he has answered it,” Jean-Pierre replied in September, according to Fox News. “His answer has been pretty simple, which is, yes, he’s running for reelection. I can’t say more than that.”

More of the interview with MSNBC can be seen below. In at least one other instance, Biden appears to fall asleep.

(Video Credit: MSNBC News)

Biden is the oldest serving president in America’s history and turns 80 next month. If he were to serve a second term, he would be 86 by the time he left office.

He does not appear well and frequently seems confused. The president is notorious for his gaffes, wandering around, misspeaking, and generally giving the appearance of an old man in gait and action. He often can’t remember where he is or what he’s talking about and during one notable speech, called out a dead congresswoman whom he honored after her death.

On Friday Biden also claimed that three universities reached out to see if he was interested in taking a top position with them after he left office as vice president in 2017, but asserted his wife Jill strongly objected, according to the New York Post.

Biden made the claim at Delaware State University while he was speaking about canceling $400 billion in student debt, proclaiming it was a “true story.”

“True story: When I left the vice presidency, after Beau died, I wasn’t going to get involved in politics anymore. So I became a full professor at the University of Pennsylvania,” he stated. “But before that occurred, three universities came to me and said they wanted to interview me to consider my being a president of the university.”

While Biden did become a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, he rarely went there or did anything at the school, according to the New York Post.

“Biden earned nearly $1 million as an honorary professor at the Philadelphia Ivy League school from February 2017 to April 2019, despite appearing rarely on campus. The cushy gig was part of a $15.6 million financial windfall reported by the Bidens in 2017 and 2018,” the media outlet reported.

The University of Pennsylvania paid the president $371,159 in 2017 and $540,484 in 2018 and 2019, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“My wife, who’s a professor at a community college, she has two master’s [degrees] and a Ph.D. because she’s smarter than me. And she looked at me, she said, ‘If you do that, I’m leaving you’,” Biden remarked. “She said it’s one of the toughest jobs in America, especially if you start arguing about parking spaces and office windows.”

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