President Joe Biden was accused of a "lack of respect" after leaving a Medal of Honor ceremony early on Tuesday.
Biden left shortly after adding the medal around the neck of retired Army Capt. Larry Taylor, 81, honoring his Vietnam War service.
— New York Post (@nypost) September 6, 2023
Several people watching the events on video took to social media to display their frustrations.
“Pardon my French…But what a f—ing idiot. The continuous lack of respect Biden has for anyone is appalling. Hawaii, Service members, active shooter victims, the list goes on,” former Navy SEAL and podcast host Shawn Ryan tweeted after the president’s hasty exit.
“At least he didn’t check his watch this time,” Rep. Wesley Hunt (R-Texas), an Army veteran, snarked on X, formerly known as Twitter.
“Pardon my French…But what a f—ing idiot. The continuous lack of respect Biden has for anyone is appalling. Hawaii, Service members, active shooter victims, the list goes on." https://t.co/kfhz2XwpVS
— Sean Hannity 🇺🇸 (@seanhannity) September 6, 2023
"Taylor, 81, received the medal for heroic action during the Vietnam War. In 1968, the then-1st Lt. Taylor flew his helicopter into harm’s way to rescue four of his comrades who were surrounded by the enemy and facing certain death," Fox News reported.
"Describing his actions during the ceremony, Biden said, 'It was pitch black. No moon. No stars. No light beyond the glow of Lieutenant Taylor’s cockpit control, when he heard a whisper coming through his radio, "We’re surrounded." Lieutenant Taylor knew the risks, but he was ready.'"
The event adds to frustrations among military members and families over the president.
Biden was previously criticized for checking his watch and looking impatient as the bodies of 13 American military personnel were transferred after their deaths in Kabul, Afghanistan.
The president has also been accused of increasing "woke" policies in the Pentagon that have helped lead to problems with military recruitment and readiness.
The latest departure during the Medal of Honor ceremony certainly doesn't help his image as he seeks to campaign for a second term in the White House.