Biden awkwardly wanders away as Jill speaks at middle school before strutting back to the podium

PRESIDENT Joe Biden had an awkward moment when he wandered away from first lady Jill in the the middle of her speech at a middle school.

Footage of Biden's Friday visit to Brookland Middle School in Washington, D.C., shows the president lifting his hand to cover his eyes before walking away and off-camera as Dr. Biden begins her remarks.

Seconds later, Biden is seen walking back into frame and to the podium to take his place back next to the first lady as she discussed the "mixed emotions" a new school year brings.

It's unclear why the president wandered off.

And this wasn't Biden's only awkward moment during the visit to the middle school.

Biden also left many confused when said he would "get in trouble" with Secret Service agents for inviting a group of sixth grade students in Washington, DC, to the White House if they're vaccinated.

On Friday morning, Biden and the first lady visited Brookland Middle School, accompanied by Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Addressing students directly, Biden said, "Once you all get vaccinated, you're invited for a special visit at the White House.

“I'm gonna get in trouble with the Secret Service and I'm not sure how we're going to mechanically do it.

"I assume the buses can get you to the White House, and if we can't get you all in one room, we'll be out in the Rose Garden, out in the back there."

"We'll maybe let you fly the helicopters," Biden said, quickly adding, "I'm only joking about that."

He also joked about letting students fly the helicopter, an offer that, even in jest, the students were audibly excited about.

Before leaving, Biden once again implored those watching to get vaccinated, reiterating statements he made in his address on Thursday.

He called on schools to require vaccinations for staff and students who are eligible.

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