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A selfie of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in a car as they were reportedly going to lunch drew no small amount of ridicule and mocking from social media users on Friday.
“Get in, folks,” said a tweet from Biden’s presidential account. “We’re going to lunch.”
Harris added on her Twitter: “Lunch with my favorite co-worker.”
Lunch with my favorite co-worker. https://t.co/pDC733mnaV
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) May 5, 2023
The comments came rolling in.
“My worst nightmare,” conservative podcaster Graham Allen responded.
“So that’s what the inside of a clown car looks like,” commentator Harrison Krank quipped.
“The cringe hurts,” Tactical Wisdom’s Joe Dolio said. He added: “Mr Environment taking a full 30 car motorcade to Subway.”
“Going to lunch’ and ‘out to lunch’ are two very different things, sir,” YouTuber David Freiheit joked, according to Fox News.
Author Jim Hanson added, “You both are out to lunch #Evergreen.”
Actor and director Robert Davi wrote, “Maybe you should Invite @RobertKennedyJr so he can expose you and KH for the frauds you are.”
The mocking comes as both Biden and Harris suffer dismal job approval ratings, even among Democratic voters.
In March, a Monmouth University survey found Biden’s job approval was stagnant, and Harris continuing to suffer a low approval rating as the 2024 election creeps closer.
“The survey, released Tuesday, finds 41% of Americans approve of Biden’s job as president, while 51% disapprove, which is only a slight dip from Biden’s 43% approval rating in January (though the change is well within the poll’s margin of error). Just over a third of those surveyed — 36% — approve of Harris’ job as vice president, while 53% disapprove,” NBC News reported.
“But Biden and Harris still receive high marks from Democrats as Biden gears up for an expected re-election campaign launch this spring. Just 9% of Democrats disapprove of Biden and 86% approve of his job as president, while 76% approve of Harris and 16% disapprove,” the outlet added.
“There are some differences between the two, but on the whole, rank, and file Democrats seem to hold largely positive opinions of both the president and vice president,” Monmouth University Polling Institute director Patrick Murray said in a statement.
Biden got another round of bad news earlier in March after a string of polls found that voters do not want him to run for re-election in 2024.
A brand new Yahoo News/YouGov poll found that a majority of registered voters believe Biden is “too old for another term” in office. Almost seven out of 10 voters (68%) admitted that the 80-year-old president’s age is a problem for them.
Even worse, the poll shows more Democrats agree rather with that assessment. Roughly 48% of Democrat voters said Biden’s age is an issue, with just 34% saying the president’s age was not a concern for them.
The New York Post detailed more of the findings from the poll: “Eighteen percent of Democrats polled were not sure if Biden was too old for another term. Already the oldest president in US history, Biden would be 86 by the end of his second term if he were to win re-election in 2024. A majority of independents, 71%, also said that age 82 was too old to start a second term as president, which is how old Biden would be on his second Inauguration Day. Biden has not formally declared that he will run for a second term but he has said on several occasions that he intends to seek re-election.”
And in early February, an AP-NORC poll found that Biden only has support from 37 percent of Democrats for a second term. Prior to the midterms last November, the same poll found that 52 percent wanted Biden to run again in 2024.
“While Biden has trumpeted his legislative victories and ability to govern, the poll suggests relatively few U.S. adults give him high marks on either. Follow-up interviews with poll respondents suggest that many believe the 80-year-old’s age is a liability, with people focused on his coughing, his gait, his gaffes, and the possibility that the world’s most stressful job would be better suited for someone younger,” the Associated Press reported.