Joe and Jill Biden's confetti popper fails to go off as they urge Americans to get Covid vaccine
PRESIDENT-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Dr Jill Biden, experienced a confetti popper mishap on Thursday night as they urged Americans to get vaccinated against Covid.
The awkward moment took place on live TV as the former vice president, 78, and his 69-year-old wife appeared on Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve on ABC.
As the Bidens appeared on a jumbo-sized screen New York City's Times Square, they gave their final message of 2020.
The host of the annual New Years Eve event, 46-year-old Ryan Seacrest, welcomed the prominent couple during prior to the long-awaited ball-drop.
Seacrest introduced Biden and his wife from an usually empty Times Square as the United States rang in the New Year under a shadow of Covid.
Before acknowledging essential and frontline workers, Seacrest said: "This is a first, joining us right now are President-Elect Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden. Hello and Happy New Year!"
He also congratulated Biden and Jill – which was followed by a few seconds of silence before the pair giggled and said Thank You.
Biden recalled an expression his mother used to say – "bravery resides in every heart and some day it will be summoned" – as he praised the people who risked their lives during the coronavirus pandemic.
After promising Americans that "things will get better," Jill held up what appeared to be a confetti party popper to start the year off with a bang.
However, the future first lady struggled to twist a part of the confetti popper for approximately seven seconds.
Despite Seacrest's enthusiasm as he encouraged Jill to set off the small pyrotechnic device, the party popper top was pulled off without releasing a stream of colorful confetti.
Moments after the confetti popper malfunctioned, Seacrest laughed along with Biden and the future first lady.
The television host said: "They never work right. Here's to better luck in the New Year, thanks guys!"
Jill laughed again after the mishap and said: "Oh Well."
The comical incident took place after Seacrest questioned the Bidens on what their message to Americans was, in regards to getting injected with the recently approved Covid-19 vaccines.
Jill told the TV host: "Oh, you have to take it. And it doesn't hurt – I promise.
"So as long as everybody takes it."
President-elect Biden chimed in and commented on Jill's hatred of needles.
"But I took it, it doesn't hurt… I didn't have any after effects. So everybody has to take it so that we all can be safe," Jill added.
Biden went on to say: "It's a one way out"
Their final interview of 2020 took approximately three minutes.
New York City's Times Square was an unusual sight to see as it was closed to the public leading up to the annual ball-drop.
Live performances took place throughout the night to celebrate New Year's Eve 2021.
Performances for ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve were done by Jennifer Lopez, Billy Porter, Cyndi Lauper, Jimmie Allen, and Machine Gun Kelly.
And New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pushed the Waterford crystal button to prompt the New Year’s Eve Ball drop.
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