Biden's virtual campaign speech repeatedly interrupted by geese
August 21, 2020
Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, was met with repeated interruptions during his virtual campaign speech on Monday even as he delivered it from the comforts of his own Delaware residence.
While delivering remarks during his campaign event outside on Monday afternoon, Biden was interrupted multiple times by repeated honking from Canada geese at a pond located on the other side of his residence.
Biden had been addressing the Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Victory Fund during a live-streamed speech in which he knocked President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE and accused him of fanning flames of “hate, fear and xenophobia” toward Asian Americans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The pandemic has unleashed familiar forces of hate, fear and xenophobia that he always flames … that have always existed in this society,” Biden said. “But this president brought it with him, has brought with it a new rash of racial messages, verbal and physical attacks and other acts of hate, some subtle, some overt, against the Asian American and Pacific Islanders.”
But his fiery remarks apparently made no difference to the geese just outside his house, as they continued to squawk throughout his speech on Monday.
At one point, Biden even took a moment to address the honking during the virtual event.
“You’re going to hear, there’s a pond on the other side of my property here. A lot of Canadian geese. If you hear them honking away, they’re cheering, that’s what they’re about,” Biden said.
The distraction by the geese did not go unnoticed by Twitter.
Joe Biden’s remarks are interrupted repeatedly by aggressive geese in the background, who are honking loudly over him. It’s the closest thing to a protest he’s faced in months, when antagonists interrupted his events and Jill Biden blocked their path and guided them offstage.
— Matt Viser (@mviser) May 18, 2020
A few distractions as Biden speaks: Canadian geese honking, birds chirping, iPhone ringing, Secret Service agent standing in the background. pic.twitter.com/yjOGSbQX8o
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) May 18, 2020
Biden’s livestream with AAPI Victory Fund has been interrupted by the Canadian geese that gather on his property. Biden warned this might happen and keeps talking over their honking.
— Lauren Gambino (@laurenegambino) May 18, 2020
However, this is not the first time Biden’s feathered neighbors have made a ruckus amid live-streamed remarks from the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee during the COVID-19 outbreak.
During a virtual roundtable on the effect of the pandemic earlier this month, Biden was met with interruptions again from the geese. However, at the time, he joked the squawking birds were “trying to get away from the virus.”
Biden jokes that the Canadian geese honking VERY LOUDLY in his pond “are trying to get away from the virus.” pic.twitter.com/HNBSwub8Eu