- During an interview, President Biden brushed off a supposed bug from reporter Stephanie Abrams’ chest, renewing debates over his sense of personal boundaries.
- While discussing the national emergency regarding climate change, Biden claimed that his administration is effectively treating it as such, even without the official declaration.
- Biden’s personal space issues have been highlighted in the past, with promises made to be more conscious of boundaries.
In a move that has some questioning his adherence to respecting personal boundaries, President Joe Biden yet again found himself in an uncomfortable situation.
This time, during an interview with reporter Stephanie Abrams on Wednesday, the President claimed there was a bug on Abrams and brushed it off her chest.
Abrams, who had been discussing the pressing issue of “national emergency with respect to climate change” with the President, was taken aback but quickly recovered.
Following Biden’s action, she said, “Thanks, appreciate it.”
She then immediately redirected the conversation back to the topic at hand, asking the President, “So, you’ve already declared that national emergency?”
Biden’s response was a somewhat evasive, “Practically speaking, yes.”
This is not the first time President Biden’s “personal touch” has raised eyebrows.
Earlier in July, Biden was observed nibbling on the shoulder of a small child on the tarmac in Finland.
While he has previously committed to being “more mindful” of personal space, his actions during the Abrams interview seemed to counter that promise.
In a prior acknowledgment of the need to be more aware of boundaries, Biden ascribed his behavior to evolving “social norms.”
“[T]he boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset. And I get it. I get it. I hear what they are saying. I understand,” he said in a video shared on Twitter.
On the topic of climate change, a crisis Biden has referred to as an “existential threat to humanity,” he emphasized to Abrams the actions his administration has taken.
This includes conserving more land, rejoining the Paris Climate Accords, and launching a $368 billion climate control initiative.
“We are moving. It is the existential threat,” Biden asserted.
Yet, for all the claims, the Biden administration’s US Health and Human Services has yet to officially declare climate change a “national emergency” in terms of public health.