A large, naked Scottish man, said Jon Sopel, stood in his front window as the US president’s motorcade passed by, capturing the moment on his phone. Sopel, the BBC Washington correspondent, paints quite an image.
While there have been questions over what lasting legacy and positive global impact the COP26 meeting in Glasgow will deliver, the thought that this is one of Joe Biden’s takeaways from his two-day trip is a dominant one that is hard to shake.
I don’t think that it’ll impact or dilute Joe’s commitment to the green cause. He is dialled in hard to cutting CO2 and encouraging the world to follow. We all hope he can deliver, and that he can get the tough to reach nations to deliver.
At present they’re not leaning in because it’s not in their interest. As the globe wrestles down CO2 China is accelerating coal mining to meet a growing domestic energy crisis. Russia has a lot of gas. What does it serve them to move away from that?
The COP conference was never likely to deliver all the answers. The Blue Zone, where the speeches were delivered and plenary sessions sat, felt like a fancy trade fair, with the odd billionaire popping up to speak earnestly about what they learned in recent times.
The real action, as ever, was outside. Glasgow was a pulsing mass of protests and sirens and helicopters watching protests. Scared you had missed a key set of demands from a pressure group? Fear not because another one was coming right along in a few minutes.