(PatriotWise.com)- It was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s press conference, but Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters stole the spotlight.
On Tuesday, a 15-second video showing Pelosi speaking at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles went viral, with the lawmaker from California standing practically still behind her.
Video reporting shows Waters expressionless as she stared at the camera.
She looked to be completely oblivious. She blinked and shifted her sight from the camera at the 11-second mark. The clip is from a 34-minute film in which each member of the Democratic congressional delegation spoke briefly.
When Waters was presented, she read for two minutes from a prepared speech, and nothing appeared out of place. Nonetheless, the shorter footage elicited hilarious responses on social media.
According to KCBS-TV, Waters tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday morning. She may have felt the virus’ onset four days earlier.
Or maybe Waters, who will be 84 this summer, was tired, a writer from Western Journal explained. What octagenarian wouldn’t be exhausted after traveling across the nation to attend a huge political conference?
The reporter wanted to know why there are so many octogenarians in Congress, especially in positions of leadership.
Pelosi is 82 years old. The majority leader, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, turned 83 on Tuesday, while the majority whip, Democrat Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, will turn 82 next month.
Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, 86, Bill Pascrell of New Jersey, 85, and Grace Napolitano of California, 85, are the oldest Democrat legislators.
Hal Rogers of Kentucky, the House’s oldest Republican, is 84.
On the Senate side, California Democrat Dianne Feinstein will be 89 next week. Among Republicans, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, 88, Richard Shelby of Alabama, 87, and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, 87, are among the oldest members.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky appears to be the youngest of the group at age 80.
Reports show President Joe Biden will turn 80 in November, but his erratic behavior has indicated to some that he is not fit to govern. While the Maxine Waters video was highlighted for its strangeness, the capacity of these octogenarians to serve the country efficiently is a serious concern.
I haven’t seen so many old politicians since I visited the Egyptian mummy exhibit at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. [Thank you, and please tip your waitress.]