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PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN asked cancer patients present at a public speech not to jump off a balcony in what he thought would be an appropriate joke.
During a speech in which he addressed cancer survivors and patients, as well as doctors and nurses dealing with the disease, President Biden tried to be funny as he greeted the audience.
Addressing a group of cancer patients standing on a balcony, Biden said, “I wanna thank all of you. The cancer patients, survivors, caregivers… and don’t jump from up there, okay?!”
Biden to cancer patients standing on a balcony above him: "Don't jump from up there!"pic.twitter.com/uQ6kPxI3Kn
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) September 12, 2022
The silence after his joke said it all. When no one reacted to his failed attempt, the president continued to babble as he found the next lines of his speech on the teleprompter.
The Internet’s response: Making jokes about Biden
Some users on social media, however, brought out their dark humor.
“You’re all absolutely radiating,” added one tweeter, ironically referring to the radiation therapy patients.
"You are all absolutely radiating."
— Guardian Auron (@UnsentAuron) September 12, 2022
One user felt like slapping himself
Makes me want to do this when he speaks… pic.twitter.com/pFxCYvnC8d
— Vito Ginevra (@VitoGinevra1) September 12, 2022
For another tweeter, it seemed tantamount to “asking a wheelchair bound man to stand”
Ranks right up there with asking a wheelchair bound man to stand.
— Sean Griffin (@sgrif97852) September 12, 2022
This other netizen commented, “He realizes the mere sound of his voice makes people want to do unspeakable things”
He realizes the mere sound of his voice makes people want to do unspeakable things
— Shed head 75 (@75Shed) September 12, 2022
For other users, the comment was simply repulsive
Disgusting to make a joke about cancer patients.
— Mehek 🇺🇸 (@MehekCooke) September 12, 2022
He thinks he is so funny and clever. 🤨
— Susan Baker (@MawBaker) September 12, 2022
— Tammey (@Tammey41291173) September 12, 2022
Tomás Lugo, journalist and writer. Born in Venezuela and graduated in Social Communication. Has written for international media outlets. Currently living in Colombia // Tomás Lugo, periodista y articulista. Nacido en Venezuela y graduado en Comunicación Social. Ha escrito para medios internacionales. Actualmente reside en Colombia.