Joe Biden has embarrassed the United States overseas with his sad performance at the G7 summit meetings. He is a weak leader who is very much out of touch with the itinerary prepared for him by his handlers. Biden is way over his head, appearing lost and confused. There have been several instances when his colleagues have openly laughed at him. Not with him – at him.

Not only has Biden made a spectacle of himself, but he also disrespected the Queen of England by failing to remove his ever-present sunglasses while being introduced to her. It is poor manners for Biden to wear shades while speaking with other world leaders, never mind the freakin' Queen of England. Come on Joe, show some class.

While Joe Biden is parading around like Joe Cool, the balance of power in the world hangs in the balance. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping are strong leaders who can smell weakness a mile away. They will eat Biden's lunch. It's going to be a long four years.

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When I was a kid, I was taught to respect others. My mother would have knocked the sunglasses off of my face as well as that silly smirk he always wears. Respect is lost amongst the masses, but at Biden's level, it still exists and he should practice it.

Joe Biden needs to take his job a little more seriously and himself a little less so. Put away the sunglasses, Joe. This isn't Obama's White House. You are on the world stage now. Show some respect for yourself, your country, and your position.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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