United States President-elect Joe Biden’s persistent cough while giving a speech shortly after the Electoral College victory has raised concerns among people across the world.
According to the The Independent, the 78-year-old’s speech was marred by persistent bouts of coughing and throat-clearing, as he attacked incumbent Donald Trump over his efforts to undermine his win.
“More than 81 million of the votes in the election were cast for me and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. That too is a record, more than any ticket has received in US history. It represented a winning margin of more than seven million votes over the number of votes cast for my opponent (Trump),” said Biden.
During his speech, the Democrat, who is set to become the oldest US president in history, was forced to clear his throat several times, worrying netizens. “Jeez! Somebody hand him a glass of water!” American filmmaker Michael Moore tweeted.
Jeez! Somebody hand him a glass of water!
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 15, 2020
“Watching Biden’s speech from tonight. He looks absolutely terrible. He looks tired and sick, he’s repeatedly coughing and having to clear his throat. He was also condescending, arrogant and divisive toward Conservatives,” journalist Ryan Saavedra noted.
Watching Biden's speech from tonight. He looks absolutely terrible. He looks tired and sick, he's repeatedly coughing and having to clear his throat. He was also condescending, arrogant, and divisive toward conservatives.
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) December 15, 2020
A tweep Billy Fllod joked: “Mr president sir, I need you to take a lozenge and sip some water/gargle before your next speech okay? The constant throat clearing is not good public speaking.”
#biden @Transition46 Mr President sir, I need you to take a lozenge and sip some water/gargle before your next speech ok? The constant throat clearing is not good public speaking. Signed, a professor who teaches public speaking. pic.twitter.com/6yVgO3ZgCR
— BillyFlood (@BillyFlood20) December 15, 2020