House Speaker Nancy Pelosi drew massive attention on social media during President Biden’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night for her oddly giddy reaction to Biden’s remarks about ‘burning stoves’ in the Middle-East.
During his remarks, the president outlined four points in an “Agenda of Unity for the Nation” that included support for American veterans.
“My administration provides job training and housing assistance, and is now helping low-income veterans get debt-free VA care,” Biden said.
“Our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have faced many dangers. One of them was stationed at bases and breathed in toxic smoke from “hearths,” the president continued to applause. “Many of you have been there.”
As the president delivered his remark, Pelosi was seen standing behind him, smiling and rubbing her knuckles as if pulling back an untimely blow.
Many social media users spotted the odd response to the serious remarks, with some even wondering if the speaker was intoxicated. Others simply called it “weird”.
“So weird…” Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) simply tweeted.
“What the…” Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) job.
“Is Pelosi any good?” Abigail Marone, press secretary for Rep. Josh Hawley (R-MO) wrote.
Reason editor at large Nick Gillespe jokingly suggested his hand gesture was a signal.
“Which secret mission leader was Nancy Pelosi signaling with that hippie hippie shake?”
“Seriously, why was she so weird tonight?” Mollie Hemingway, editor of The Federalist, tweeted.
Caleb Hull of the Independent Journal Review called Pelosi’s reaction “the weirdest/scariest thing I’ve ever seen.”
“Didn’t think #SOTU could get any worse…so it’s happening. Why is Pelosi so giddy about the burns? Podcaster Steven Crowder demand.
The Twitter account of the conservative radio show “Bongino Show” called the “weird” video.
“Here is proof that Democrats were only half listening to Biden’s speech and were told to clap like seals for everything he said. Look at Nancy Pelosi’s reaction when Biden mentions that our troops in Iraq are breathing in “toxic smoke.” Just absurd.
Others took the opportunity to create a meme, just like social media users did when Pelosi also went on a frenzy during the last State of the Union, in 2020 – when she ripped up the President’s speech Donald Trump.
“When I see the brownies about to come out of the oven,” wrote Washington Examiner magazine associate editor Grant Addison.
“Chair Pelosi’s reaction every time President Biden offered to spend another trillion of your hard-earned dollars. #StopTheSpending #SOTUinCrisis #SOTU,” representing Alex Mooney (R-WV) tweeted.
Journalist Siraj Hashmi compared the reaction of an excited dog when he hears food wrapped in plastic.
“*the plastic wrapping is crumpled* my dog:” Hashmi tweeted along a video of Pelosi’s reaction.
Pelosi’s actions recalled part of her reaction to former President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address in 2019, when she tore up her copy of his speech on camera.
The photo quickly circulated on social media, sparking debates and becoming a meme.
That same year, Pelosi was likely to become another meme, for cheering and pointing at Trump, as he looked behind him at where she was sitting.
New York Post