White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy said Tuesday morning that President Joe Biden was ‘wide awake’ after he was seemingly caught snoozing during a session at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow Monday afternoon.
‘When I saw the president yesterday, he wasn’t just wide awake, but he was really on fire,’ she told Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski without prompting. ‘He’s really excited to have the United States in action here in Glasgow.’
Brzezinski didn’t ask McCarthy directly about the video of Biden that went viral, where he looked to be dozing off as one speaker underscored the importance of taking action on climate change.
He opened his eyes and appeared to liven up when his body man walked up to him to chat.
The 78-year-old Biden then sat forward and rubbed his eyes as Italy‘s prime minister took the stage.
The apparent cat nap, caught the attention of conservative critics online, as former President Donald Trump had nicknamed Biden ‘Sleepy Joe’ during the 2020 campaign.
White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy said Tuesday morning that President Joe Biden was ‘wide awake’ after he was seemingly caught snoozing during a session at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow Monday afternoon
‘When I saw the president yesterday, he wasn’t just wide awake, but he was really on fire,’ Gina McCarthy (right) told Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski (left) without prompting. ‘He’s really excited to have the United States in action here in Glasgow’
President Biden’s whirlwind European tour appears to be catching up with him, as the 78-year-old was caught resting his eyes during the opening remarks of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow
The president looked to be dozing off as one speaker underscored the importance of taking action to save the climate
Biden opened his eyes and appeared to liven up when an aide, his so-called ‘body man,’ walked up to him to chat
‘Even Biden couldn’t stand hearing so much about the Global Warming Hoax, the 7th biggest Hoax in America,’ Trump said in an email, after seeing pictures of the snoozing Biden.
‘…followed closely behind by the 2020 Presidential Election Scam, Russia, Russia, Russia, Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine, Impeachment Hoax #1, Impeachment Hoax #2 and, of course, the “No Collusion” finding of the Mueller Report,’ Trump added.
‘Biden went to Europe saying Global Warming is his highest priority, and then promptly fell asleep, for all the world to see, at the Conference itself. Nobody that has true enthusiasm and belief in a subject will ever fall asleep!’
Later Monday, Biden took the stage to deliver his own warning on the impending doom of climate change.
‘Climate change is already ravaging the world,’ he told a crowd at the United Nations climate summit. ‘It’s not hypothetical.’
The president called climate change ‘the existential threat to human existence as we know it.’
‘This is a decisive decade in which we have an opportunity to prove ourselves,’ Biden continued. ‘We can keep the goal of limiting global warming to just 1.5° C if we come together.’
‘We’re still falling short. There’s no more time to hang back or sit on the fence or argue amongst ourselves. This is a challenge of our collective lifetimes,’ he continued. ‘Glasgow must be the kick-off of a decade of ambition & innovation to preserve our shared future.’
The president took a swing at Donald Trump in a separate speech at the conference. ‘I shouldn’t apologize but I do apologize,’ Biden said of Trump taking the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement.
Biden concluded his speech: ‘God bless you all and may God save the planet.’
Speakers were only allowed three minutes, but Biden’s remarks went far beyond the allotment, coming in at over 11 minutes.
A digital countdown from three minutes began at the start of the speech, and after each minute a speaker went beyond the time a chime sounded. The chime went off eight times during Biden’s remarks.
Biden wipes his nose during his speech at the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow
MOUNTING QUESTIONS OVER BIDEN’S HEALTH WITH NO MEDICAL SINCE 2019
President Joe Biden’s health and fitness for the job has come under scrutiny since he took office.
His performance in interviews, especially a car crash appearance with ABC on Afghanistan in August, and his coughing during speeches has come into question.
Last week, White House press secretary Jen Psaki called out NBC News Kelly O’Donnell for always asking about Joe Biden’s health, as she deflected questions from another reporter about when the president will undergo a physical.
Brian Karem, Playboy’s White House correspondent and CNN’s political analyst, asked Psaki about the long sought-after results of Biden’s next check up at the close of Tuesday’s press briefing.
He said: ‘Hey Jen, will he take a physical anytime soon and report it to the American public?’
Psaki answered merely ‘He will’.
When pushed about whether it will be this year, she added: ‘Kelly asks about this all the time. She’s keeping us on our toes.’
The president has not released a medical report since the last update in December 2019.
Since his inauguration this year, questions have been raised about Biden’s physical and cognitive wellbeing.
Psaki repeated her previous promise that once the president gets a physical – which she said in May would be before the end of 2021 – the administration would be ‘transparent’ about its findings.
Previously, Biden has suffered two brain aneurysms and a heart condition which makes the muscle beat too fast, causing dizziness and confusion.
A top cardiologist told MailOnline back in August that both conditions are linked to memory difficulties and confusion, as well as dementia.
Boris Johnson has warned Cop26 delegates that the longer it takes to tackle climate change, the higher the cost will be when a ‘catastrophe’ forces world leaders to act.
Johnson said the world was in the same position as James Bond as he tries to deactivate a doomsday device in his films. But he said: ‘The tragedy is this is not a movie and the doomsday device is real.’
Coining a phrase from activist Greta Thunberg, he warned that the promises to limit global temperature rises under the Paris Agreement would be ‘nothing but blah blah blah’ and the world’s anger would be uncontainable unless Cop26 was the moment they got real about climate change.
Thunberg recently chastised Britain and other nations for ’empty words and promises’, accusing them of delivering too much ‘blah blah blah’ instead of offering any real action.
Thunberg spoke at a climate demonstration nearby as the summit was taking place.
‘No more blah blah blah, no more whatever the f*** they are doing inside there,’ she said at Festival Park, Glasgow on Monday.
‘Inside Cop, there are just politicians and people in power pretending to take our future seriously, pretending to take the present seriously. Change is not going to come from inside there, that is not leadership – this is leadership… We say no more blah blah blah, no more exploitation of people and the planet.’
Biden touched down in Scotland on Monday morning before promptly climbing into his huge motorcade to travel to a climate summit where he plans to tout American leadership on tackling carbon emissions, after spending the weekend in Rome meeting with Pope Francis and Italian leaders and attending the G2-.
After making the short hop from Rome in Air Force One – a modified 747 – his gas-guzzling convoy of more than 20 vehicles will raise fresh criticisms of hypocrisy.
At the G20 in Rome he used an 85-vehicle convoy, including vans for officials, secret service and journalists, as well as ambulances and communications systems.
He was greeted warmly by Johnson, British prime minister, and U.S. Secretary General Antonio Guterres when he arrived at the conference center. The leaders swapped elbow bumps and warm smiles.
Biden will today release a detailed plan to half carbon emissions by the end of the decade, compared with 2005 levels.
And he plans to launch a scheme to raise $3 billion a year to help developing countries adapt to climate change.
His national security adviser used the proposals to throw down a challenge to other nations.
‘So the US is stepping up to do its part key,’ said Jake Sullivan aboard Air Force One en route to Edinburgh.
‘US allies Japan, Korea, the European Union, Canada, others are stepping up to do their part.
‘And now the question is: Will some of the remaining countries step up to do theirs?’
Biden arrived from a G20 summit in Rome where he touted the power of America ‘showing up.’
‘What we’ve seen again here in Rome is what I think is the power of America showing up and working with our allies and partners to make progress in issues that matter to all of us,’ he said, adding that allies wanted ‘American leadership’ to get things done.
Biden again relied on a cheat sheet of ‘pre-approved’ reporters as he held a press conference at the conclusion of the G20 summit in Rome on Sunday.
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) listens to President Biden as they attend the climate conference
Biden meets with Indonesian President Joko Widodo during COP26
Climate envoy John Kerry leans in to speak to Biden during the opening stages of the COP26 summit in Glasgow
President Biden’s motorcade burned through the Central Belt of Scotland from Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow on Monday
It comprised more than 20 vehicles – plus police outriders – but was modest compared with the 85 vehicles he used in Rome
Biden’s six-day trip to Europe will release an estimated two million pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere
President Biden touched down at Edinburgh Airport on Monday morning ahead of arriving at the COP 26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, after making the short hop from Rome, Italy
Air Force landed in Scotland on Monday morning. Biden has been criticized for the amount of carbon emitted by his fleet of aircraft and cars during his Europe trip
Environmental campaigners with ‘big heads’ of key world leaders, including Biden, dressed in kilts gathered in Glasgow, marking the start of the Cop26 summit in the city on Monday
44% of Democrats want to REPLACE Joe Biden on the ticket in 2024 , shocking new poll finds
Of left-leaning voters, 44 per cent want a different candidate on the Democratic presidential ballot in 2024 because they think another person would have a better chance of winning than current President Joe Biden.
An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist National poll released Monday shows that 36 per cent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents think their party has a better chance putting Biden at the top of the ticket for a second term.
Twenty per cent say they are unsure.
Half of Republicans, however, said former President Donald Trump has a better chance of winning in 2024 than any other GOP candidate on the ticket.
Another 35 per cent said they think someone else would have a better shot at winning the White House in 2024 than Trump and 14 per cent of Republicans and right-leaning voters said they are unsure.
Trump has not said whether he is running again in 2024, but has given strong indications that he will announce after the 2022 midterms. Either way, more Democrats and left-leaning voters think a different candidate has a better shot of edging out a Republican competitor than Biden.
Biden said during his 2020 campaign that he wasn’t running just to serve for one term.
The president’s approval rating is dropping as Democrats prepare for the 2022 midterms, where they will try to retain their slim margins of control of the House and Senate – and possibly increase their majorities.
As he opened up the floor to questions, at the start of the the press conference, the president seemed to be using a pre-ordained list of correspondents to call on.
‘And now I’m happy to take some questions. And I’m told I should start with AP, Zeke Miller,’ Biden said.
The preferred pecking order for the administration seems to be The Associated Press, The Washington Post, NBC News, Reuters and Bloomberg News.
Biden claimed other leaders sought him out as he fended off a
question about whether he could provide leadership amid falling poll numbers at home.
‘The United States of America is the most critical part of this entire agenda, and we did it,’ Biden said.
However, skeptics say few concrete measures were agreed on how to keep the world to temperature rises of less than 1.5 C above pre-industrial levels – a target set at the Paris climate summit in 2015.
And Biden lost key clean energy pledges from his Build Back Better agenda in recent weeks as the price for winning over opponents in his own party to its huge $3.5 trillion cost.
The Supreme Court could yet strip his administration of more powers to limit emissions.
Then there is the awkward matter of his travel arrangements.
His trip to Europe is estimated to release 2.2 million pounds of carbon.
The gigantic carbon footprint is comprised of 2.16 million pounds of carbon dioxide generated by the four large planes that comprise his airborne entourage on the trip to Italy and Scotland, where the president will speak at the COP26 summit on change in Glasgow, with the remainder emitted by Biden’s cars.
His fleet is comprised of the heavily modified Boeing 747 he travels on, known as Air Force One when the president is on board, an identical decoy, and two huge C-17 Globemaster planes to carry his battalion of cars and helicopters.
But expect to hear more about American leadership, Biden’s climate adviser Gina McCarthy told reporters.
‘This is a message you’re going to see from the president over the next two days and from dozens of cabinet officials who will be in Glasgow over the next two weeks: the United States is back at the table, we’re back, hoping to rally the world to tackle the climate crisis,’ he said.
She said the U.S. would release a plan to show it can half U.S. carbon emissions by 2023 from 2005 levels en route to its net-zero target by 2050.
‘It illustrates how, within three decades, the U.S. can meet our global climate commitments by decarbonizing the power sector, electrifying transportation and buildings, transforming industry, reducing non-CO2 emissions, and reinvigorating our natural lands,’ she said.
Special climate envoy John Kerry also pushed back on criticism that COP 26 was getting off to a lackluster start, with only modest action on the 1.5C target in Rome.
He said nations representing 65 percent of the world’s GDP were committed to the effort.
‘Obviously, if you have 65% in, you got 35% out, and that’s the challenge coming out of Glasgow,’ he said.
‘Can those countries step up? How fast will they step up? What will they pledge to do over the course of the next years?’
Summit host Boris Johnson, the British prime minister, lambasted G20 leaders on Sunday, saying only 12 of 20 had promised concrete action on hitting net zero emissions by 2050.
‘Humanity has long since run down the clock on climate change,’ he is expected to say during Monday’s opening session, according to speech excerpts released by his office.
‘It’s one minute to midnight and we need to act now.’