Republicans and conservative commentators have ridiculed Joe Biden by sharing out-of-context video clips to allege Barack Obama stole the show at a White House event when the president was “ignored”.
Mr. Obama, who returned to the White House for the first time in more than five years for an event on Tuesday, was seen surrounded by a crowd of Democrats, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris.
In out-of-context videos shared by the Republican National Committee (RNC) and conservative commentators, Mr. Obama can be seen waving and speaking to the crowd at the event as Mr. Biden struggles with what to do next.
“Literally no one wants to talk to Joe Biden,” the RNC tweeted along with a video clip showing Mr Biden putting his hand on Mr Obama’s shoulder, in an apparent attempt to draw attention to himself.
The clip was also shared by Conservative TV presenter and Newsmax presenter Greg Kelly, who tweeted: “WOW! Barack is totally blowing Joe Biden. He is BASKING, feeling like “the man”.
Mr. Obama can be seen in the video engaging with the crowd and apparently not reacting to Mr. Biden, who places his hand on Mr. Obama’s shoulder to get his attention.
Conservative columnist Benny Johnson tweeted: ‘This is the saddest and most pathetic thing.
Right-wing Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson also mocked Mr Biden on his program: “He is the President of the United States. Flee. Nobody wanted to talk to him. So Biden walked away looking vacant while former Barrack Obama was obviously deeply grateful.
Mr Carlson said the President was trying “desperately” to get Mr Obama’s attention but was “blown away”.
“Ask yourself if you’ve ever seen anything sadder than that?
Some commenters, however, pointed out how the videos were shared without any context. C-SPAN footage from the event also clearly shows Mr. Obama focusing his attention on Mr. Biden just moments after he laid his hand on him. Mr. Biden then goes on to introduce Mr. Obama to one of the guests.
In another out-of-context video shared by the Tories and the RNC’s Twitter account, Mr Biden can be seen looking around the stage while Mr Obama is seen surrounded by guests.
C-SPAN footage from the event, however, showed Mr Biden calling Home Secretary Deb Haaland onstage. Footage shows Ms Haaland being helped onto the stage by Mr Biden, after which they venture towards the other guests as applause can be heard in the background.
Reporter Aaron Rupar said he was blocked by the RNC for calling them out on the video.
“You will be shocked to learn that this RNC clip of an account that blocked me for calling them out on their lies is obviously out of context,” he said, sharing a clip with context.
Earlier Monday, the White House press secretary said of the former president’s upcoming visit: “They [Mr Biden and Mr Obama] are real friends, not just friends of Washington.
“I’m sure they will talk about events in the world as well as their families and personal lives.”