Video: Biden Appears To Freeze-Up At Star-Studded Election Fundraiser In Los Angeles – News18

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Joe Biden takes part in a conversation with Barack Obama and Jimmy Kimmel, during a star-studded campaign fundraiser at the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 15, 2024. (Reuters)

Joe Biden takes part in a conversation with Barack Obama and Jimmy Kimmel, during a star-studded campaign fundraiser at the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 15, 2024. (Reuters)

Biden’s momentary freeze at a star-studded fundraiser raises concerns amid ongoing political and fundraising efforts in Los Angeles

President Joe Biden momentarily froze on stage during a high-profile fundraising event in Los Angeles, attended by the likes of Barack Obama, who assisted his former Vice President in leaving the stage.

The incident occurred following a 45-minute interview with popular late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, where Biden and former President Obama were in attendance for a star-studded campaign event. In an event attended by top Hollywood stars, Biden appeared visibly fixated on the audience as the interview concluded, prompting Obama to intervene and lead him away.

This incident adds to a series of public moments where Biden has appeared disoriented or unsure of his surroundings, including an incident at the G7 summit in Italy where he wandered off during a parachute exhibition, necessitating intervention from Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.

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Amid criticisms surrounding the incident, the White House dismissed concerns, stating that Biden’s brief pause to acknowledge applause was being misconstrued. However, the incident adds to existing challenges for the Biden administration, as recent polls indicate vulnerabilities in key states such as Arizona, Nevada, and Florida, with Trump polling competitively even in Biden’s home state of Pennsylvania.

Despite the momentary lapse, the fundraiser proved highly successful for Biden’s campaign, reportedly raising over $30 million. The event’s success comes at a crucial time as Biden seeks to counter the fundraising momentum of the presumptive Republican nominee, who recently raised substantial sums during a Florida fundraiser and following legal developments.

The fundraiser underlined efforts by the Biden camp to energise support amid growing political pressures. Biden, along with Obama and US First Lady Jill Biden, used the platform to address a range of issues including the January 6 Capitol riot and Supreme Court appointments, aiming to rally support ahead of Presidential elections.