President Joe Biden was left empty-handed following an address at a North Carolina university Thursday.
Biden, 79, had just finished delivering a nearly 40-minute speech at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro when he turned towards stage right with his paw outstretched in a handshake position. It’s unclear whether he was actually reaching for a handshake.
There was no one else on stage and no one from the applauding crowd approached the president to exchange the pleasantry, according to footage of the event.
The Democrat did shake some hands at the start of the speech, including with Malcolm Hawkins, the electrical engineering student who introduced him.
His remarks were aimed at pressuring Congress to increase funding for semiconductors production as proposed in the Bipartisan Innovation Act.
Some political adversaries reacted to Biden’s exit, including Republican Sen. Ted Cruz who tweeted an eye roll emoji alongside footage of the moment.
This story originally appeared on the New York Post.
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