President Biden blames voice change on ‘cold,’ not COVID



President Biden spoke with an unusually deep voice Friday when he appeared before reporters to discuss a disappointing November jobs report and concerns about COVID-19 — but the president insisted the startling sound was merely due to “a cold.”

A firestorm of speculation broke out online as both journalists in the room and those watching remotely took note of Biden’s abnormal tone of voice.

“I’m OK. I have a test every day to see, a COVID test, they check me for all the strains,” Biden said when asked about his new voice. “What I have is a 1½-year-old grandson who had a cold who likes to kiss his pop.”

The 79-year-old president added: “And he’d been kissing … but it’s just a cold.”

The gravelly delivery attracted widespread notice on social media.

U.S. President Joe Biden
Biden insisted he got sick from his young grandson “who had a cold who likes to kiss his pop.”
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“His voice is deep and hoarse. He’s intensely focused on the teleprompter,” reported BBC News journalist Tara Mckelvey, who was in the State Dining Room for the speech.

Journalist Josh Kruger wrote on Twitter, “Joe Biden’s voice is so low right now he gives Barry White a run for his money. The President’s typical warm tenor timbre has dropped about eleventy thousand octaves, and he’s now a true bass.”

President Biden speaks about the November jobs report from the State Dining Room.
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Business Insider reporter Bryan Metzger wrote, “i, for one, like biden’s weird sick voice.”

The US added just 210,000 jobs in weaker than expected November.
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Biden’s voice is the latest point of concern for his health as the new and potentially more contagious Omicron variant of COVID-19 reached the US this week.

On Thursday, the president repeatedly cleared his throat while delivering a speech on his COVID-19 “winter plan” at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland.

When Biden returned from that speech, a journalist asked after the president’s health.

“I’m feeling great!” Biden insisted.


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