Nancy Pelosi’s ‘bizarre’ response during Biden remarks on burn pits baffles social media

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Political commentators and others were baffled Tuesday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s, D-Calif., moment of “bizarre” applause during President Biden’s State of the Union address. 

A smiling Pelosi awkwardly stood up and rubbed her hands together as Biden was talking about the soldiers stationed in Afghanistan and elsewhere “breathing in toxic smoke from burn pits.” Political personalities and more were quick to point out the moment on Twitter.

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President Joe Biden delivers his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol, Tuesday, March 1, 2022, in Washington as Vice President Kamala Harris and House speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., look on. (Julia Nikhinson/Pool via AP)

President Joe Biden delivers his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol, Tuesday, March 1, 2022, in Washington as Vice President Kamala Harris and House speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., look on. (Julia Nikhinson/Pool via AP)

Tom Bevan of Real Clear Politics called the moment “bizarre” while others called it strange and “must see TV.” 

Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., commented on the widely circulated video as well, saying, “So weird.” 

“And they come home, many of the world’s fittest and best-trained warriors in the world, never the same,” Biden said. “Headaches. Numbness. Dizziness. A cancer that would put them in a flag-draped coffin.” 

As President Biden’s tenure in the White House hits the 100-day milestone, media watchdogs and journalism professors alike have noticed that journalists are "overwhelmingly favorable, polite, and gentle" when covering the administration.

As President Biden’s tenure in the White House hits the 100-day milestone, media watchdogs and journalism professors alike have noticed that journalists are “overwhelmingly favorable, polite, and gentle” when covering the administration.
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Biden also called on Congress to pass laws ensuring comprehensive healthcare for veterans with long-term health issues. The president’s State of the Union addressed the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, crippling inflation, the opioid crisis and more. He also said getting prices under control would be his “top priority.”

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi talks to the media on Capitol Hill on March 19, 2021.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi talks to the media on Capitol Hill on March 19, 2021.
(Chip Somodevilla/Pool via AP)

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell asked Pelosi on Tuesday what the reason was for Biden’s low approval rating. A Rueters/Ipsos poll conducted between Feb. 28 and March 1 found that just 43% of Americans approve of his performance in office.

“For people to appreciate what the President has done, and working together with the Congress, they have to know what it is,” Pelosi said Tuesday.

Pelosi also said the negative reaction toward Biden had to do with “kitchen table concerns,” and that Biden was going to address that in his speech.

President Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 vaccination program during an event on the White House campus on July 6, 2021.

President Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 vaccination program during an event on the White House campus on July 6, 2021.
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

“But there’s no one more emphatic than Joe Biden.  There’s no one who cares more.  We are so blessed that he’s President at this time, because we do have to build America better,” Pelosi said ahead of the president’s speech. 

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