Joe Biden just did the unthinkable.
During a ceremony to present retired Army Captain Larry Taylor with the Medal of Honor, Biden bolted right after putting the medal around Taylor’s neck, reported the New York Times.
In the video, you can see the utter shock of members of the audience that saw him leave the room.
Taylor probably should have been given this medal many years ago, but we still seem to be catching up on Vietnam heroes.
For Taylor, it was putting his life secondary during a nighttime mission in Vietnam in 1968, where he saved the lives of four of his fellow soldiers.
Taylor was an AH1-G Cobra attack helicopter pilot who rescued troops at night while dozens of enemy troops were closing on their position.
Realizing the troops were in grave danger, he flew as close to the treetops as possible in an effort to spot the men and rescue them as well as draw fire from the enemy.
Taylor purposely drew the fire of the enemy to keep it away from the troops in a battle that lasted for about 45 minutes.
The Cobra is a two-man helicopter, but Taylor put the men on his skids and flew them to safety.
Defense Secretary Austin stated, "The Cobra was only designed to carry a pilot, a co-pilot, and ammunition.
"Evacuating soldiers with this kind of helicopter was absolutely unheard of. And most would never think to even try it. But after making it through an intense firefight and miraculously meeting up with the patrol team on the ground, Lt. Taylor was willing to improvise,” reported Fox News.
One would think a president would want to stick around for the entire ceremony, but here is Joe, who actually seems a bit confused as to what he is doing there in the first place, just bolting out of the room, leaving Taylor on stage all by himself…
Joe Biden walks off the stage mid ceremony and leaves the Medal of Honor recipient bemused and alone for the religious benediction which is a traditional part of the ceremony. pic.twitter.com/QTDhUP1dUp
— Chay Bowes (@BowesChay) September 6, 2023
When asked about it, KJP put her best spin on it, stating, "He left as planned, as it was planned. He left when there was a pause in the program in order to minimize his close contact with attendees who are about to participate in a reception.”
She added, "We've got to put this all in context. We planned for the president to leave when there was a pause in the program so that it would minimize him being in the room. He did just that.
“And I also would want to add that before the event started, the president spent a good amount of time with the captain, Capt. Taylor and his family. And everybody was masked because he wanted to spend that quality, important time."
This is the best response I saw to that garbage explanation…
Don't lie. pic.twitter.com/GAJyhUr9mu
— Graham Allen (@GrahamAllen_1) September 6, 2023
I have seen a lot of Medal of Honor ceremonies, and I have NEVER seen the president leave the room like this.