Does the photo show Joe Biden talking to a homeless man after the film?

President Joe Biden has faced some of his biggest political challenges in 2022, with low approval ratings and difficulty passing signature politics, along with other pressing national and global issues, from the economy to foreign policy.

Only months ago, a majority of Democratic voters had signaled their desire for a new presidential candidate for the 2024 election.

However, as his ratings begin to rise again, content portraying Biden as benevolent and empathetic has also gained popularity.

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A photo of Joe Biden alone talking to a rougher sleeper on the streets of Washington DC has gone viral. Inset – Biden speaks with members of the press prior to a Marine One departure from the White House for Maryland August 26, 2022 in Washington, DC; Center, a homeless man looks at a sign near security barriers on the National Mall in Washington, DC on January 21, 2021, a day after President Biden’s inauguration.
Alex Wong – Getty Images. Center: Brendan Smialowski – AFP via Getty Images

The claim

A Reddit post shared on Aug. 29, 2022 shows what appears to be Biden speaking to a restless sleeper. The post has received more than 76,000 interactions since it was published.

The facts

While Biden’s photo is indeed authentic, it was not taken recently as the Reddit post suggests.

A United States today Report from 2018 details the provenance of the photo.

It was reportedly taken after Biden, who had yet to announce his plans to run for president at the time, went to see a movie with his granddaughter in Georgetown, Washington DC, according to Politico.

A report from FOX 5, archived here, claimed the photographer, named Caleb Baca, saw Biden hand the man a piece of paper on which “he appeared to be writing something.”

Some claimed the president gave the man money, but that has not been confirmed.

The photo quickly went viral on social media.

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It’s not the first time older content featuring the President has gone viral years after it was recorded. A video of Biden comforting the family of victims of the Parkland School shooting in 2018 was retaken in 2020 and shared seven million times.

Biden recently saw a turnaround as his ratings rose after previously falling to the lowest of any president.

Recent polls by tracker FiveThirtyEight estimate an approval rating of 42.4 percent, down from his lowest in office of 37.5 percent recorded on July 21, 2022.

The regulation



Joe Biden’s photo is real but was taken more than four years ago. The candid picture, taken after the President-elect watched a movie with his granddaughter, was posted online in 2018 and went viral on social media.

FACT CHECK BY Newsweek’s Fact Checking Team Does the photo show Joe Biden talking to a homeless man after the film?

Rick Schindler

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