Social media users criticized Joe Biden for taking spooky selfies with children in which the president can be seen leering out of a window in the backdrop of the children’s photos.
According to a social media post from the Nantucket Current, Biden gave children sitting in the Lemon Press Juice Shop on Nantucket an up-close and personal look as he approached the store window and smiled for some photos.
The president paused to greet his tiny admirers while he was shopping along the strip for Small Business Saturday while on Nantucket with his family for Thanksgiving.
“There’s Joe! Oh my God, hi!,” the sound of one of the kids shouting can be heard as the president cautiously strolls down Main Street while sipping his beverage through a straw.
Hearing their joyful cries, Biden halts in his stride and immediately moves toward the window and waves.
Biden carefully lifts his head toward the children while bending down to remove his sunglasses. This reveals his white teeth.
The close meeting with the president was criticized by several social media users as creepy.
“This is not normal. Stop trying to normalize this. If it was any other old man, you would all be freaking out, too,” someone posted on Instagram.
“They used to call that a peeping Tom in my day!” another one said.
Others thought the exchange was adorable and uplifting.
“Love this! All of this. This is called leadership. The babies are so excited, cute, and happy,” someone from Twitter posted.
“Awwwww so thrilling to see kids excited about the president!” said another tweet.
“The President who stops just to give some kids a smile that is what is Real President does. Thank you President Joe,” another post reads.