While delivering remarks on Monday as part of his Cancer Moonshot initiative, President Joe Biden stopped midspeech, telling the cancer survivors on a balcony not to jump.
Biden’s comments were delivered on the 60th anniversary of former President John F. Kennedy’s famous Moonshot speech, when the president committed the United States to reaching the moon.
“This country of the United States was not built by those who waited and rested and wished to look behind them,” Kennedy said. “We set sail on this new ocean because there is new knowledge to be gained … and used for the progress of all people.”
In his remarks at the JFK Presidential Library in Boston, Biden outlined his plan to cut the cancer death rate in the United States in half over the next 25 years.
However, at one point in the speech he suddenly looked up at the balcony on which cancer patients and survivors were assembled to watch and issued an unexpected warning.
“I want to thank all of you, the cancer patients, survivors, caregivers — and don’t jump from up there, okay?” Biden said, gesturing toward the balcony as he spoke.
It’s not the first time Biden has randomly told people, who gave no indication that they intended to jump from wherever he happened to be looking, not to jump.
While posing for a photo with American Olympic and Paralympic athletes, the president looked towards photographers on a nearby elevated stage, yelling, “Don’t jump!”
Biden made similar comments in March while visiting American soldiers stationed outside Ukraine earlier this year, telling members of the Army’s famous 82nd Airborne Division not to jump.
That would be the 82nd Airborne who specialize in air assault and parachute assault operations.
“You are the finest fighting force in the world and that’s not hyperbole,” Biden said to the troops as he sat alongside them to eat. “Don’t stop eating because of me.”
“Don’t jump. You guys are used to jumping. Don’t jump. Anyway, thanks for letting me come to say hello to you all,” he said a bit later. “You know, we’re a unique country in many ways. And we are the only country, the only country in the world not organized based on geography, ethnicity, race or anything else. We’re based on idea. We hold these truths to be self-evident that all women and men are created equal. Sounds corny, it’s the truth of who we are.”
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