Most politicos watched with rapt attention this afternoon as President Barack Obama delivered a seminal speech on the national debt. But what of Joe Biden?
The half-hour address was apparently a little too much for the vice president, who was caught on camera getting some shut-eye. The video also shows that two women in the row behind the vice president also struggling to stay awake.
Eventually Mr Biden appeared to jerk awake – but it was clear that staying that way was a struggle. In contrast, Timothy Geithner, the treasury secretary, appeared alert and his eyes were wide open as he listened to Mr Obama’s every word.
His cat nap sparked a flood of comments on Twitter and American political blogs, with some suggesting that he may have simply been deep in thought or even praying.
Mr Biden’s nap managed to steal some of the limelight from Mr Obama’s speech, and it was not the first time that the vice president had blundered during a major political event.
In March last year, he happily said, “This is a big … deal” after Barack Obama signed the healthcare bill watched by millions. [via Salon]