Joe Biden was visiting Polish refugees when he gestured toward a young Ukrainian woman named Victoria, grabbed her shoulders, and asked her who she owed her “beautiful eyes to.”
He was rushed by a number of people as he went to the PGE Narodowy Stadium in Warsaw, Poland, on Saturday morning before giving a major speech. Biden was in Warsaw to meet and converse with Ukrainians who had fled war-torn Ukraine. Reporters swarmed him as he spoke with refugees.
However, the refugee who caught his attention the most was Victoria, who had come to assist other refugees. The president embraced her and said, “God love you.” Then he massaged her shoulders and kept his hands there while speaking to the young volunteer.
He asked for a translation, “How do you say, in Ukrainian, who owes those lovely eyes to?”
“Your father or your mother? Who had the eyes?” Biden inquired of Victoria, who appeared to be startled. “Her mother,” the translator responded.
“You owe mama a lot. You owe mama,” Biden reminded the young girl. He then proceeded to mix with other volunteers and refugees.
In addition, Biden was also scheduled to meet with the mayor of Warsaw. However, it is doubtful that there was a similar physical encounter in their meeting.
“The President will meet with refugees at PGE Narodowy Stadium in Warsaw, Poland. He will meet with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Mayor of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski to learn about assistance and services that the city of Warsaw and Poland are providing to Ukrainians fleeing Putin’s war of choice, as well as non-governmental humanitarian service providers such as World Central Kitchen. This trip will be covered by the out-of-town pool,” according to the White House schedule.
Biden’s speech will reportedly include the following themes: “the unified efforts of the free world to support Ukraine’s citizens, to call out Russia for its inhumane war, and to defend a future based on democratic values.”
Following the half-hour handsy meeting with refugees, Biden engaged in a 45-minute press conference during which he labeled Russian President Vladimir Putin a “butcher.”
“It’s amazing to witness all those little children just desire a hug, a thank-you. I mean, it’s incredible; there are so many of them. The Ukrainian people are exceptional people who live in Ukraine and throughout the world. Each one of these kids said something to the effect of: Please pray for my father, my grandfather, or my brother.”