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Did Biden Fall Asleep During Obama's Deficit Speech?

Tracy Bloom |
April 13, 2011 | 8:38 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

Was Vice President Joe Biden catching a few winks while President Obama outlined his deficit reduction plan Wednesday afternoon, or was he deep in thought?

Obama was giving a major speech at George Washington University when camera's caught the vice president with his eyes shut for about 30 seconds. The president was discussing Medicare at the time it appears Biden may have nodded off.

The video was first posted by the ABC News political blog "The Note", leading to speculation that Biden had fallen asleep during what will surely be one of President Obama's most important speeches of the year.

At least one person had a different take on the situation, however. Fox News analyst and potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee came up with this conclusion: the vice president was praying.

Huckabee, who was critical of the President's plan said later in the afternoon on Glenn Beck's Fox News program: “He was praying that nobody will find out just how disingenuous they are about actually cutting the expenses and hoping and praying that the American people don’t catch on to the games that they’re trying to hoist upon us." 

So what do you think? Was Joe Biden nodding off, deep in thought, or praying? Watch the video and decide for yourself.



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