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An innocuous photo of President Joe Biden hanging out in the Oval Office has sent Twitter into a frenzy due to a strange optical illusion.

In the photo, the president can be seen leaning in his chair at the Resolute Desk, his arms resting on top. “Ready to do more for America’s families,” read the accompanying caption, likely meant to indicate Biden’s desire to get down to business following the results of this month’s midterm elections.

Due to the placement of his suit jacket draped over the back of the chair, some Twitter users were tossed, thinking it was actually his legs. Unbeknownst to Biden, the garment was left in a way that makes it look like the president is sitting on the chair’s sprawling eagle.

Above, President Joe Biden delivers remarks in the Rose Garden of the White House after testing negative following his case of COVID-19 in July 2022. A photo of the president leaning back in his chair in the Oval Office has created a bizarre optical illusion that rocks Twitter.
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Many people on Twitter were quick to point out the hilarious optical illusion. Twitter user @Username_is_tbd tweeted: “At first I thought he was sitting on the back of the chair” with @Oliverisfab65 asking: “Who else thought he was sitting on the chair of a strange way when they first saw him?”

Another Twitter user, @snarklefuss wrote that they too “thought he was sitting in that chair for a second” while smshngdonkeys22 added, “That jacket looks like pants.”

Elsewhere, @frey wrote that he looked like Biden “astride the chair” with @Fundo_HD in disbelief, Tweeter“Okay then…I’m tired…and my eyes are blurry…but it looked like he was perched on the back of the chair…and the jacket was his legs… “

User @BenVerhaegen thought it looked like the president was “sitting very casually on the desk” while @aadoyle549 tweeted“I was so confused.”

This isn’t the first time Biden members have made headlines for all the wrong reasons.

In March 2021, the president fell aboard Air Force One. The White House later attributed his tripping to high winds.

Most recently, in June, Biden suffered another fall while riding a bike near his home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

In both cases, despite the embarrassment suffered, the president was otherwise unscathed.

Nor is the online discussion of limb-based optical illusions unique to the Democratic Party.

Earlier this month, Eric Trump’s wife, Lara Trump, caused confusion on social media after stepping out in a noticeably long-sleeved dress for the sister-in-law’s Mar-a-Lago wedding Tiffany Trump and Michael Boulos.

President Joe Biden’s frequent trips to Delaware cost taxpayers at least $11 million Fri, 18 Nov 2022 18:59:00 +0000

President Biden’s regular trips to his home state of Delaware have cost taxpayers at least $11 million since he began his presidency, according to analysis by Fox News Digital.

Biden made 57 trips to Delaware, spanning all or part of 185 days, according to data from former CBS correspondent Mark Knoller.

The trips require taxpayer dollars to fund the costs associated with using Air Force One or Marine One, as well as security costs for the Secret Service. The president is spending time in Delaware at his homes in Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach.

Most trips involved direct travel between the White House and Delaware. Biden flew 101 between the White House or Joint Base Andrews and Delaware β€” 71 flights with Marine One and 30 with Air Force One, according to Knoller.

For decades, Knoller kept careful records of various White House statistics and served as a source of information for reporters β€” and even the White House itself.

Public documents from the Department of Defense comptroller show that the Marine One helicopters used by the president cost between $17,065 and $20,206 an hour. The helicopter ride from the White House to the Delaware sites takes about an hour, according to the president’s schedule.

President Joe Biden
President Joe Biden’s frequent trips to Delaware have cost taxpayers $11 million.
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Air Force One’s operational costs are $177,843 an hour, and the trip to Delaware takes about 30 minutes, according to the president’s schedule. This brings the total operational costs for travel, including each mode of transportation, to approximately $4 million.

Documents obtained by the New York Post last year showed a Secret Service cost of $1.96 million during the president’s first 16 trips to Delaware. A cost per trip from this data applied to the president’s 57 trips leaves taxpayers a tab of about $7 million.

The President has other options that are quite comfortable for the weekend. The White House itself is one of the finest homes in the country. Additionally, the President can also take advantage of the country retreat at Camp David, which is only half an hour away by helicopter. He’s been there 19 times as president, far fewer times than he goes to Delaware.

President Joe Biden
President Joe Biden has made 57 trips to Delaware since taking office.
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The $11 million receipt for Biden’s trips to Delaware is likely a significant understatement because it doesn’t match many other miscellaneous costs. These include expenses for additional helicopters traveling with him, travel to or from military airports before or after an Air Force One flight, and accommodations for accompanying personnel.

The president’s 16 flights to Delaware from states where he conducted official business are also not included, as trips from those destinations might not have been significantly more expensive than if Biden had returned to the White House.

Biden, as a senator from 1973 to 2009, took Amtrak from Delaware to Washington, DC, every day the Senate was in session β€” a habit that earned him the nickname “Amtrak Joe.” He claims that trip included 8,200 round trips and over 2 million miles. The ticket for much of that time from Delaware to Washington and back was under $100.

President Joe Biden
President Joe Biden typically spends four-day weekends in Delaware.
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But as president, Biden’s predilection for spending as much time as possible in Delaware is costing taxpayers well over $200,000 round trip.

Former President Donald Trump has come under fire for his regular and expensive trips to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, and golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Knoller’s data shows Biden returning home more often, though Washington’s jump to Delaware is shorter than Trump’s trips to Florida or New Jersey.

Biden’s stints in his home state sometimes extend beyond the usual presidential weekend schedule. The president often leaves for Delaware on Thursdays to work from home on Fridays and stays on weekends. It almost always leaves on Monday morning as opposed to Sunday evening.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

G20: Biden attends summit in Indonesia aimed at uniting leaders opposed to Russia’s war on Ukraine Tue, 15 Nov 2022 03:09:00 +0000

Bali, Indonesia

President Joe Biden faces competing issues at home and abroad as he sits at the Group of 20 summit in Bali this week, using the moment on the world stage to draw on international support to condemn aggression from Russia while facing the prospect of hearing Donald Trump announce his next run for the presidency.

Administration officials previewing Biden’s G20 summit activities have their sights set on coalition efforts to voice opposition to the war in Ukraine, which could send a powerful signal within a group that has so far now had fragmented approaches to the Kremlin’s aggression.

It’s the first time the group has met in person since the invasion began, and most G20 members are expected to sign a statement condemning Russia’s war in Ukraine ‘and the human suffering it has caused. both to Ukrainians and families in Ukraine”. developing countries that face food and energy insecurity as a result,” a senior administration official said.

Such an expression of condemnation was the work of months of diplomacy between G20 leaders. However, it is not yet clear which countries will sign the declaration.

Although the G20 is made up of world powers that have long backed Ukraine during the war, it also includes other nations that have been lukewarm in their response to Russia’s aggression, including India, China, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia, the host of this year’s summit. The coalition, which largely focuses on the global economy, also includes Russia itself. But Russian President Vladimir Putin will not appear at the summit this year.

Since the spring, US officials have been anticipating a showdown at this year’s G20 over the war. Biden has said Russia should no longer be a member of the bloc, although expelling Moscow would require the support of all G20 members.

For now, no official “family photo” is listed on a calendar, a sign of the deep acrimony within the G20 sparked by the war in Ukraine.

The president’s diplomatic Tuesday β€” a day of work alongside leaders that culminates in a gala dinner β€” is set to precede an announcement of the 2024 presidential campaign by Biden’s predecessor Trump on the other side of the world. . The potential announcement would set the stage for a two-year battle for the US presidency, having the power to cast a shadow over Biden’s efforts to unify world leaders – some already personally stung by Trump’s nationalist approach.

Biden and his team have already spent time during his multi-stop, transcontinental trip abroad tackling domestic politics, suggesting the issue has not only surfaced in their minds, but also among their foreign counterparts during meetings throughout their travels.

On Sunday, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters that “many leaders” at the ASEAN summit discussed the midterms with Biden, that many leaders were “watching them closely” and that the president now feels he has a strong position on the international stage. .

The vote tally for last Tuesday’s midterm races continues to roll in, with Democrats only securing their continued majority in the US Senate last weekend and the future of the US House of Representatives still hanging in the balance. suspense. But Biden – who has frequently framed the US dynamic with other world powers as a global struggle between democracy and autocracy – spoke of the political headwinds working in his favor Monday in Bali after taking part in a about three hour meeting with Xi. Jinping.

At a press conference after his meeting with Xi, Biden sought to present the election results seen so far as a victory for the future of American democracy – an issue he said was at stake in the urns.

β€œThe American people have proven once again that democracy is what we are. There has been strong rejection of Holocaust deniers at all levels from those seeking to lead our states and those seeking to sit in Congress, as well as those seeking to oversee elections,” Biden told the beginning of his remarks after Xi’s meeting.

On Tuesday, Biden will participate in working sessions and lunch with the leaders at the summit. He will also co-host an event on the Global Infrastructure and Investment Partnership, which the White House says “aims to mobilize $600 billion over the next five years with G7 partners to deliver infrastructure. sustainable and advance the national security and economic interests of the United States.” The President will meet Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni later and end the evening with a gala dinner.

The meeting with Meloni will be Biden’s first chance to confer on Italy’s new prime minister in person since taking office in October – when she became the country’s most far-right leader since Benito Mussolini.

The two leaders no doubt have differences over LGBT rights, abortion rights and immigration policies. But they are expected to focus on common interests – in particular, their support for Ukraine. According to the White House, Biden and Meloni will discuss “cooperation on shared global challenges, including those posed by the People’s Republic of China, and our ongoing efforts to help Ukraine defend against Russian aggression.”

The Global Infrastructure Initiative event follows a 2021 launch among G7 partners to better position the United States and its allies to compete with China.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative, first announced in 2013 under Xi, aims to build ports, roads and railways to create new trade corridors linking China to Africa and the rest of Eurasia . The Chinese-funded intercontinental infrastructure initiative has been seen as an extension of the country’s steep rise to global power.

At the summit, Biden is also expected to “talk about energy security as a central issue facing the global economy,” calling for price caps as “a key way for us to help preserve global energy security.”

Other topics at the summit, the senior administration official said, include economic coordination, climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic, with further announcements expected on digital infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific and the United States. solar energy in Honduras.

Biden says the United States is back as a leader in the fight against climate change as he urges all nations to step up their ambitions Fri, 11 Nov 2022 18:40:00 +0000

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

President Joe Biden used a short visit to the United Nations climate change summit in Egypt on Friday to tell the world that the United States is ready to resume its leadership role in the fight against global warming after adoption of one of the President’s top priorities.

In a speech at the UN COP27 summit, Biden proclaimed the US was back as a global leader on climate change after the Cut Inflation Act was passed, which included approximately $370 billion in clean energy incentives intended to reduce the use of harmful greenhouse gases.

β€œMy friends, I came to the presidency determined to bring about … the transformational changes that are needed, that America needs to make and that we need to do for the rest of the world, to overcome decades of opposition and obstacles to the progress on this issue alone,” Biden said, “to reestablish the United States as a trusted global leader and on the climate committee. As I stand here before you, we have made tremendous strides to achieve it.

Biden added that other nations must rise to the challenge as well.

β€œTo permanently bend the emissions curve, every nation must step up,” he said. β€œDuring this meeting, we must renew and raise our climate ambitions. The United States is acting. Everyone must act. It is a duty and a responsibility of global leadership.

Biden arrived Friday at the ongoing climate summit in an Egyptian Red Sea resort keen to highlight major new US investments to limit climate change, a stark departure from the last time he attended. is presented at a climate conference empty-handed.

During his speech, Biden apologized for America’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord under former President Donald Trump, and said he was trying to prove to skeptics that “good climate policy is sound economic policy”. He said these measures would lead to progress and sustainable economic growth around the world.

He pointed to a proposed new rule requiring large federal contractors to develop carbon reduction targets and disclose their greenhouse gas emissions, leveraging the federal government’s buying power to fight climate change in the private sector and strengthen vulnerable supply chains.

Biden also announced new rules from his administration intended to further crack down on methane, a super-polluting greenhouse gas. The Environmental Protection Agency plans to further strengthen an earlier regulation it announced to reduce methane pollution from the oil and gas sector. As proposed, the updated rule would reduce methane emissions from oil and gas by 87% from 2005 levels.

The newly improved rule would also require oil and gas companies to respond to β€œcredible third-party reports” of large methane leaks. The EPA rule still has to go through a public comment process before being finalized.

Biden announced new partnerships with foreign countries on methane reduction and several other new international climate initiatives. The United States will double a multi-year adaptation funding pledge to $100 million and announce new climate partnerships with countries in Africa and the Pacific Islands.

The country’s actions mean the United States “will meet our emissions goals by 2030,” Biden said.

“The climate crisis is about human security, economic security, environmental security, national security and the very life of the planet,” Biden said.

Yet many of the countries that have sent representatives to this week’s conference in Egypt are focused on another topic: demanding that climate reparations be paid from wealthy, emitting countries like the United States to smaller and larger countries. poor who have felt the disproportionate effects of climate change.

It’s a proposal that some European countries have clung to and pushed Biden to support. But political constraints, both in the United States and elsewhere, make significant progress unlikely, at least in the short term.

Biden has previously struggled to win congressional support for global climate resilience funding, which would help low-income countries prepare for the adverse effects of global warming, such as floods and other extreme events. If Republicans take control of one or both chambers, the prospects for new climate legislation within the next two years look bleak.

When asked by Egyptian reporters how he plans to convince Republicans to fund his climate initiatives, Biden replied, “Reality.”

Speaking at the climate conference on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi acknowledged that after the midterm contests, Democrats will have to join Republicans in taking action to fight change. climate change, even if it cast doubt on the will of the opposing party to act.

“Our colleagues said, ‘Why are we having this discussion, there’s no climate crisis, it’s all a hoax,'” she said of the GOP’s reaction to climate change investments. climate change that were included in the Inflation Reduction Act.

“We have to overcome this,” she continued. “I place my trust in their children, who hopefully will teach their parents that this is urgent, that they are long overdue.”

Biden’s climate envoy John Kerry announced a new plan on Wednesday to raise money for climate action in the developing world by selling carbon credits to companies willing to offset their emissions. He said the proposal would help countries decarbonise their energy system. But the plan has already drawn criticism because of the way it will be funded – with money raised from the sale of carbon credits, which allows companies to pay for someone else to reduce their warming emissions planetary, instead of reducing theirs.

But he was candid in an interview with CNN’s David McKenzie: “there is not enough money in any country in the world to actually solve this problem”, referring to the acceleration of the energy transition and the tackling the climate crisis.

Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah el-Sisi receives Biden on the sidelines of the COP27 summit on Friday.

Meeting with military-backed Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Biden thanked the host of this year’s COP27 summit for reminding the world of the urgency of the climate crisis.

“This is an urgent crisis and we all need to do a lot more,” Biden said.

He said with Sisi he would discuss a wide range of issues, including the US-Egyptian defense partnership, a more integrated Middle East and, most importantly, human rights.

The president is only expected to be in Egypt for about three hours. It stops over en route to other international summits in Asia.

The years that followed saw the overthrow of authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak during the Arab Spring, followed by a period of instability and the rise to power of el-Sisi, whom Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, had once referred to as his “favorite dictator”.

Biden has kept Sisi at bay throughout his own presidency and has limited some military aid on human rights grounds. Ahead of their meeting, Biden said he was ‘looking forward to our conversation’ and praised Egypt for supporting Ukraine at the United Nations and for helping broker a ceasefire in cross-border conflict. in Gaza last year.

Speaking before Biden, el-Sisi also touched on the issue of human rights, saying he had established a comprehensive approach. The United States has previously accused Egypt of a dismal human rights record.

Before his departure, Biden was urged by human rights activists and a group of House Democrats to raise with el-Sisi the imprisonment of British-Egyptian activist and writer Alaa Abd el-Fattah, who is currently on a hunger strike.

A senior administration official said the United States was “concerned” about the case and that “human rights will figure prominently” in the president’s conversations abroad.

Asked by reporters if he had discussed el-Fattah with el-Sisi, Biden replied, “What we talked about was the relationship between the United States and Egypt.”

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

Exit polls show most voters don’t want Joe Biden to run for president in 2024 Wed, 09 Nov 2022 10:58:03 +0000

Midterm elections in the United States are underway, with Democrats and Republicans battling for a majority in both houses of Congress, the House of Representatives and the Senate. Recent exit polls show signs of a bigger problem that threatens the Dems for the next presidential elections in 2024.

Early results from the national exit poll conducted for CNN and other news networks by Edison Research show that more than two-thirds of those who voted for House candidates do not want incumbent President Joe Biden to stand up for re-election in two years.

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More than seven in ten independent voters and at least nine in ten Republican voters said they did not want Biden in the next presidential race. While less than six in ten Democratic voters thought he should run again in 2024.

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That comes because just under six in ten independent voters and more than nine in ten GOP voters hold an unfavorable view of Biden and his work as president. While only one in ten Democratic voters have an unfavorable opinion of the president and slightly more disapprove of his job performance.

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By contrast, two-thirds of independent voters and more than nine in ten Democratic voters held an unfavorable view of former President Donald Trump. While just over three-quarters of GOP voters had a favorable opinion of him. Notably, Independent voters make up about a quarter of the electorate, about a third are Democratic voters, and Republican voters make up just over a third of the electorate.


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Biden and Trump headline dueling rallies as US midterms approach Sun, 06 Nov 2022 22:17:00 +0000

HIRAM, Georgia, Nov 6 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump headline rallies in New York and Florida, respectively, on Sunday to excite voters two days before a close midterm election during which Republicans are pushing to overthrow both houses of Congress.

Forecasts and nonpartisan polls show Republicans as the big favorites to take control of the House of Representatives, with the Senate in check. Single-chamber control would allow Republicans to thwart Democrat Biden’s legislative agenda and launch potentially damaging investigations.

In recent weeks, the momentum has shifted to Republicans, Democratic strategists acknowledge, as voter concerns about inflation and crime have overtaken those about abortion after the Supreme Court ended the national abortion rights in June. The Democratic lead in several Senate races, including in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Nevada, has shrunk or evaporated.

At a rally in Hiram, Georgia, Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker linked his opponent, Democratic Sen. Raphael Walker, to what Republicans have tried to paint as failures of the Biden administration β€” including the inflation and illegal immigration.

“In two little years, don’t you feel the pain?” he said. “It’s under their watch.”

Top Democrats highlighted their work to lower prescription drug prices and portrayed Republicans as a threat to Social Security and democracy itself.

Republicans questioned Democrats’ support for law enforcement and tapped into concerns about crime, which has emerged as a top concern for voters after murder rates spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic. 19.

“You turn on the television and that’s all you see,” Republican voter Marie Vlad, 66, said at the Walker rally.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, head of the House Democrats’ fundraising arm which faces its own tight race, called the election a “razor sharp” and implicitly questioned Republicans’ commitment to the democracy.

U.S. President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama attend a campaign for U.S. Democratic Senatorial candidate John Fetterman and Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. November 5, 2022. REUTERS /Kevin Lamarque

“We have all kinds of things we can do better, but we’re responsible adults who believe in this democracy,” Maloney told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

For Democrats, Sunday’s rallies in traditionally pro-party areas are a last-minute chance to minimize Tuesday’s losses.

Biden will appear in Westchester County, normally safe Democratic territory outside of New York, where Republicans are threatening to make gains.

New York Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul faces an unexpected challenge from Republican Lee Zeldin, while Democratic incumbents in the US House of Representatives are locked in tight battles around the state.

Biden’s unpopularity also works against Democrats, which had led him to refrain from campaigning in some swing states. Only 40% of Americans approve of his professional performance, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted on Tuesday.

Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Chicago, another Democratic stronghold, where she said Democrats could pass nationwide abortion rights legislation if they boost their margins in the Senate. “If we choose two more senators, the president can sign it,” she said.

First Lady Jill Biden traveled to Texas, a Republican-dominated state with a handful of competitive races. β€œChoosing who leads our community is a way of living our faith,” she told congregants at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston.

Trump will appear in Miami alongside the state’s two U.S. senators and several U.S. representatives. For years, Florida has swung back and forth, but recently took on a Republican bent and isn’t seen as a major battleground for this election.

Trump’s frequent rallies keep his profile high as he plans to launch a third run for the White House after midterms, advisers say. Florida could be a battleground in any nominating contest because its Republican Governor, Ron DeSantis, is seen by strategists as a formidable contender for the Republican nomination, should he throw his hat in the ring.

That made DeSantis a target for Trump, who referred to the governor as “Ron DeSanctimonious” on Saturday night.

Additional reporting by Tyler Clifford in New York and Gram Slattery and Sarah Lynch in Washington; Written by Andy Sullivan, Gram Slattery and Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Deepa Babington

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President Joe Biden rallies with Michelle Lujan Grisham in New Mexico Thu, 03 Nov 2022 23:33:29 +0000

ALBUQUERQUE β€” President Joe Biden‘s travel schedule ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections clearly reveals his defensive stance in the final days of the campaign: He spends most of his time trying to cling to the seats his party already holds.

Biden kicked off his three-day, four-state campaign Thursday to support Democrats in competitive races in California, Illinois and New Mexico, as well as battleground Pennsylvania, where Biden has deep roots.

His first stop was Albuquerque, where he spoke about his student debt relief program, calling it “a game changer for so many people” before headlining a political rally in the late post- noon for Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Focusing on young voters whose support Democrats are aggressively seeking, Biden said, β€œYour generation will not be ignored. You will not be shunned. You will not be silenced.