Following a speech to a North Carolina university on Thursday, President Biden was left empty-handed.
Biden, 79, went toward stage right with his paw outstretched in a handshake posture after making a roughly 40-minute lecture at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro.
According to video of the occasion, there was no one else on stage and no one from the clapping throng approached the president to offer pleasantries.
The Democrat did make a point of shaking hands with Malcolm Hawkins, the electrical engineering student who introduced him, at the outset of his address.
His comments were made in an attempt to persuade Congress to enhance financing for semiconductor manufacturing, as proposed in the Bipartisan Innovation Act.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who tweeted an eye-roll emoji alongside footage of the air handshake, was among others who reacted angrily to the ungraceful farewell.
Biden appeared disoriented on stage as well, and when the address came to a close, he strangely turned his back on the crowd.
The President’s address focused on the supply chain issue and looked to be an attempt to persuade Congress to enhance funding for semiconductor manufacturing. However, Biden also claimed to have been a full professor at the University of Pennsylvania despite never having taught a class there, an error that was promptly picked up by social media users.