- Democrat Joe Biden's victory speech was marred by persistent bouts of coughing and throat-clearing on Monday night, December 14
- Tweeps wondered why someone hadn't bothered to hand over a glass of water to the US president-elect
- Republican leader Donald Trump and his wife Melania had tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Friday, October 2
United States President-elect Joe Biden's persistent cough while giving a speech shortly after the Electoral College victory has raised concerns among people across the world.
According to the The Independent, the 78-year-old's speech was marred by persistent bouts of coughing and throat-clearing, as he attacked incumbent Donald Trump over his efforts to undermine his win.
“More than 81 million of the votes in the election were cast for me and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. That too is a record, more than any ticket has received in US history. It represented a winning margin of more than seven million votes over the number of votes cast for my opponent (Trump)," said Biden.
During his speech, the Democrat, who is set to become the oldest US president in history, was forced to clear his throat several times, worrying netizens.
"Jeez! Somebody hand him a glass of water!" American filmmaker Michael Moore tweeted.
"Watching Biden's speech from tonight. He looks absolutely terrible. He looks tired and sick, he's repeatedly coughing and having to clear his throat. He was also condescending, arrogant and divisive toward Conservatives," journalist Ryan Saavedra noted.
A tweep Billy Fllod joked:
"Mr president sir, I need you to take a lozenge and sip some water/gargle before your next speech okay? The constant throat clearing is not good public speaking."
Daily Mail reported Biden insisted he was fighting a cold but several social media users urged him to take a Covid-19 test. According to the White House, the American politician took a coronavirus test on Friday, December 11 and the results were negative.
Earlier, the presidential electors had given the Democrat’s candidate 306 electoral votes compared to incumbent President Donald Trump’s 232.
California's 55 electoral votes were enough to help Joe surpass the 270 electoral vote threshold required.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that a man with the Twitter handle @Tenndurag showcased the piece his auntie sewed as he modelled in it, striking different poses. In a Twitter post on Saturday, December 12, the man captioned photos of the jacket as:
"Y'all look what my auntie made for me."
The auntie made him a jacket and a cap that look very much like one a valet at a five-star hotel would wear. The blue and gold piece has a padded bottom with a blue braid at the back.
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