Fact Check: Biden Did NOT Fall Asleep While Meeting With Israeli President Herzog

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  • by: Sarah Thompson
Fact Check: Biden Did NOT Fall Asleep While Meeting With Israeli President Herzog Reading Notes

Did President Joe Biden fall asleep during an important meeting with the president of Israel? No, that's not true: Biden met with Israeli President Isaac Herzog at the White House on July 18, 2023. A video clip posted on Instagram shows a moment during the meeting with the sound removed. Biden had some note cards on his lap and he was looking down as he read aloud. He spoke softly and at one point appeared to stumble on his words as he reviewed for Herzog the commitment he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had discussed in a phone call the day before, "to ensure that Iran never acquires a nuclear weapon." Biden was not asleep.

The meeting between the two presidents took place at the White House on July 18, 2023. On the same day, a video of that meeting was used in a post on Instagram by @djkeycranknews with this caption:

#JoeBiden falls asleep during in a important meeting with the President of Israel 🇮🇱🇺🇸😴👀
(Follow @djkeycranknews for more daily content!)

This is how the post appeared at the time of writing:
(Image source: Instagram screenshot taken on Wed Jul 19 15:11:12 2023 UTC)

The post is composed of two slides. The first is a meme with @djkeycranknews watermark and Instagram handle. The text caption reads:


The second slide is a 15-second video clip with no sound. The @djkeycranknews watermark was added to the clip, which has a Fox News chyron. It reads:


The 15-second clip of this Fox News video, with the sound, was circulated on Twitter. The bulk of the selected clip features Biden stumbling on his words. One example was posted by conservative activist Ryan Fournier, captioned:

Dude WTF is this...

The President of the United States... When do the people in the media start to question his ability to lead?

A five-minute 13-second video of the meeting was published on YouTube by CBS News (embedded below). The moment in the meeting featured in the Fox News clip shared by Fournier occurs between the 1:17 and 1:32 mark. The moment of Biden looking down that was featured in the meme claiming he fell asleep was taken from at the 1:21 mark.

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  Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson lives with her family and pets on a small farm in Indiana. She founded a Facebook page and a blog called “Exploiting the Niche” in 2017 to help others learn about manipulative tactics and avoid scams on social media. Since then she has collaborated with journalists in the USA, Canada and Australia and since December 2019 she works as a Social Media Authenticity Analyst at Lead Stories.


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