What should a president do when commissioning a new nuclear submarine? Perhaps the protocols for commissioning an attack submarine are slightly different than what’s done for a surface ship, and maybe they’re even a bit vague given how new nuclear subs are. But, generally, it seems fair to assume that kneeling isn’t what one is supposed to do.
Well, guess what. That’s exactly what President Biden decided to do at the commissioning ceremony for the USS Deleware. Yes, that was the same ceremony where he accidentally said that Jill had been Obama’s VP, saying:
“I’m incredibly pleased of the work she’s doing as First Lady with the Joining Forces effort she co-founded with Michelle Obama as vice president and now leads.”
While that gaffe was the main story to come out of the ceremony at first, a second one emerged shortly afterward. That’s the weird photo of Biden taking a knee, as was shared on Twitter:
Further, while it would be weird if Biden had just done this once, it’s far from the first time Biden has taken a knee for photos. Breitbart, reporting on those other instances of Biden taking a knee, notes that:
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The president took a knee during a photo with the Seattle Storms team as he welcomed them to the White House to celebrate their WNBA championship.
[…]In July, Biden also took a knee while taking a photo with the Los Angeles Dodgers at the White House after celebrating their World Series victory.[…]Biden also took a knee during a photo with the family of a 94-year-old Korean War veteran after awarding him the Medal of Honor in May.
Why is Biden taking a knee in all these pictures, particularly when no one else is doing so?
On one hand, it could be because he’s six feet tall and thinks he needs to kneel so that others can be seen in the photo. if that’s the case, his unprompted kneeling is just polite, if a bit weird.
But, taking a knee now carries with it some political significance thanks to failed NFL athlete Colin Kapernick. He took a knee to protest the American flag and many others followed suit, turning the gesture into a act with serious, far-left political overtones.
Biden has even implicitly acknowledged those in the past. Sharing yet another photo of him kneeling around the time of a September 2020 protest in Deleware, Biden said:
We are a nation in pain right now, but we must not allow this pain to destroy us.
As President, I will help lead this conversation — and more importantly, I will listen, just as I did today visiting the site of last night’s protests in Wilmington.
Perhaps Biden’s knee in front of the USS Deleware and her crew wasn’t symbolic. But, because it was unexplained and because of the connotations that come with kneeling now, many thought it was, as many pointed out on Twitter in tweets like this one:
Maybe Biden was just trying to be polite and kneeling so that those behind him could be seen. But, if so, he needs to say so. Otherwise it just looks like a disrespectful protest.
By: Gen Z Conservative, editor of GenZConservative.com. Follow me on Parler and Gettr.
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