People who are saying that Biden wasn’t asleep during the encounter with the Israeli PM don’t seem to understand that what they are suggesting happened is worse. They say he simply looked down for a chunk of time.
Falling asleep is something you can’t help. If it’s an unintentional blunder by a decrepit old man, it’s bad but at least it’s not intentionally offensive.
But if a politician with a half-century experience in politics can’t be bothered to fake interest in what a foreign leader is saying or in a tribute to fallen Marines, that’s a purposeful snub. Making an interested face is the #1 qualification for a politician. So either Biden is so senile that he forgot the habits of a lifetime, or he was showing disrespect on purpose. The man has been in politics longer than I’ve been alive. Senility is a much more benign explanation here.