On Thursday, the White House hosted the Medal of Freedom Ceremony. Among the winners were Gabrielle Giffords (ex-Congresswoman), the late Senator John McCain and Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles and Megan Rapinoe in gymnastics and soccer.
The announcement earlier this month that Rapinoe was in line to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor was met with outrage from people who have been disgusted with her penchant for trashing the police and her country before soccer games and during puff piece interviews, as well as recent comments from the self-styled “progressive activist” in which she said that when it came to the “transgender women in women’s sports” debate that girls’ grade-school sports teams “just [aren’t] that important.”
During today’s ceremony, however, the uproar over news that Rapinoe would be receiving the award took a back seat – however temporary – to Rapinoe’s reaction when it came time to President Biden awarding it to her.
You can see that Biden struggling to get the award into place is miming something to Rapinoe at mid-point. She reacts by turning her head slightly and raising an eyebrow as if to say “say what?”:
Biden takes several seconds longer to attach the Medal of Freedom to Megan Rapinoe, despite his fumbling. pic.twitter.com/njuJ6wdUVD
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) July 7, 2022
I saw numerous Twitter users suggest Rapinoe’s reaction was in response to being so close to the notorious hair sniffer:
Every woman’s face when Biden appears behind them and is within reach of sniffinggroping pic.twitter.com/0fCwJfbbjW
— Chad Thunderkawk (@ChadThunderkawk) July 7, 2022
Some even suggestedHe did actually sniff her hair. It was quite interesting to watch. It doesn’t need Zaprudering. 😉 It didn’t look like that’s what he did.
“She just had he hair sniffed, bracing for a 2nd sniff,” opined one.
The video was watched a few times. It doesn’t need Zaprudering or adding sound effectsFor emphasis. 😉 It didn’t look like that’s what he did.
Others believed it was just Rapinoe “mocking” Biden’s infamous “ineptitude” considering those extra seconds he took standing behind her after draping the medal sash around her neck:
Megan Rapinoe mocking Joe Biden’s ineptitude. pic.twitter.com/NtsKaAyHxU
— Suzanne (@MayKelly) July 7, 2022
Video of Simone Biles receiving the award was also shared on Twitter, and was met with similar reactions, although from the clip below you can see that it looks like Biden was just briefly muttering something to her in her ear (she’s a lot shorter than him) as he gave her the medal:
Simone Biles was the U.S.’s most decorated gymnast and became the Presidential Medal of Freedom’s youngest recipient.
She is an outspoken advocate on athletes’ mental health, children in foster care and sexual assault victims. pic.twitter.com/W3MZch2TZ6
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 7, 2022
That said, I wouldn’t put it past Biden to say and do something inappropriate during an official ceremony. It’s happened before and, unfortunately for the women who will interact with him in the future, it’s likely to happen again at some point. Because that’s just who he is. He’s not called “creepy Joe” for no reason.
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