President Joe Biden barely blinked during the entirety of the White House’s 11-minute-long video of a recent speech. The President appeared extremely ill near the 8-minute mark. Suddenly, his demeanor changed seconds later, leading many to speculate that this official video was spliced by the White House to give Biden an “upper.”
Reports claim that there are at least ten spliced edits in the video, some coming seconds apart, others minutes apart. Here is one short clip the White House posted to Biden’s Twitter:
Monday’s speech was recorded by the White House for the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives Conference held in Orlando.
The White House has been presenting proof of health photos and videos of Biden since his diagnosis, playing down any symptoms he may have from the virus.
Monday’s was the first standing speech for Biden since taking ill, however, it appears he was not able to make the eleven minute speech in one take, nor it would appear without getting amped up by meds. The change in demeanor in the last segment starting at 8:27 is remarkable. Biden went from sleepy-eyed soft spoken while leaning on the lectern and making normal gestures for most of the speech to being impassioned, bug-eyed, rocking and waving his arms while barely blinking for a minute-and-a-half as seen in this closing segment. (Biden had a scratchy throat at one point, around six-and-a-half minutes in–just after three quick splices.)
Here is a complete video of Biden’s speech set to begin at the 8-minute mark. The President’s demeanor appears to change around 8:27.
The White House has not published a transcript of Biden’s speech as of this report.
In Monday’s press briefing, reporters did not ask White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre about the spliced video and amped-up Biden even though Jean-Pierre used the video as evidence to claim Biden’s health is improving.