Why did Joe Biden look at his watch during the Presidential debate?
We don't know about you, but to us, there is no good answer.
Was Joe Biden looking at his watch because he was bored?
If so, then that is disrespectful to the American people! We deserve to hear from our presidential candidates!
Did Joe Biden look at his watch because he was getting sleepy?
If so, then how does he have the stamina to be leader of the free world!
Did Joe look at his watch because it's a smart watch?
We are not making any claims!
It was difficult to tell from the TV what kind of watch Biden was wearing.
However, in the age of smartwatches, it wouldn't surprise us if Biden looked because he got a notification.
Again, we're not making any claims.
We're simply wondering… why would you look at your watch in the middle of a highly anticipated presidential debate?
See it for yourself below:
The last time a presidential candidate looked at his watch during a debate...
US News reports that George H.W. Bush looked at his watch during a debate before losing to Bill Clinton:
"ONLY 10 MORE MINUTES of this crap."—President George H. W. Bush on what he was thinking as he checked his wristwatch on camera in the midst of a 1992 presidential debate with Bill Clinton and Ross Perot.
It was the telltale sign of a man made uneasy—or, at least, bored—by an audience member's question about how a deep recession had personally affected him. The then president's display of impatience seemed to speak volumes more than his awkward response.
"Of course, you feel it when you're president of the United States; that's why I'm trying to do something about it," Bush said after he'd checked the watch and straightened his suit jacket, "by stimulating the export, vesting more, better education system."
Yet as he stood face to face with voters in the nation's first town-hall-style presidential debate, Bush showed himself to be out of touch with ordinary Americans. And simple gestures "became freighted with deeper meaning," says Ellen Fitzpatrick, professor of history at the University of New Hampshire.
Symbolism. Voters were overwhelmed by issues for which there were no easy answers and confused by the rhetorical subterfuge of a political process in which no candidate dared risk alienating voters by taking a stand, says Fitzpatrick. And "into the void steps this focus on symbolism and gesture.... You can look at the person on TV and size them up on the spot."
Such snap judgments can also work the other way, something Bill Clinton showed with seeming ease when he responded to the same questioner. "Tell me how it's affected you again," he said as he walked up to her and looked straight into her eyes.
Where Bush appeared impatient, "Clinton steps in and empathizes, empathizes, empathizes," says University of Pennsylvania political scientist Kathleen Hall Jamieson, coauthor of unSpun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation. "So it's declared a victory for Clinton."
It's not a good look for Joe Biden.
If COVID-19 is so important to him...
If the economy is so important to him...
If race relations are so important to him...
Then why did he look at his watch?!