Vice President Joe Biden was caught with his eyes closed during President Barack Obama's recent speech about the Federal deficit, which has prompted speculation that Biden may have fallen asleep.
During Obama's address on April 13 at George Washington University, cameras recorded Biden with his eyes closed for several seconds. Eventually, the Vice President opened his eyes and then bowed his head as his boss discussed Medicare.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a rumored candidate for the GOP Presidential bid, told FOX News that Biden was praying, not sleeping.
"He was praying that nobody will find out just how disingenuous they are about actually cutting the expenses and hoping and praying that the American people don’t catch on to the games that they’re trying to hoist upon us," Huckabee told the media outlet.
According to a poll conducted by The Huffington Post, approximately 64 percent of respondents believe that Biden nodded off during Obama's speech, compared to only 36 percent who said that he was "deep in thought."
This wasn't the first time that a high-ranking White House official appeared to fall asleep during an Obama address. At an April 2009 meeting in which the President discussed the nation's credit card system, National Economic Council Chairman Lawrence Summers was pictured with his eyes closed and his head on his hand.