The son of U.S. President Joe Biden was “visibly unpracticed in his role” as he led part of the service for his nephew’s bar mitzvah on Aug. 12 at Congregation Etz Chaim in Marietta, Ga., the New York Post reported.
Hunter Biden’s performance was captured in a live stream of the “progressive, egalitarian, Conservative synagogue,” as Etz Chaim’s website describes it.
“Less than 24 hours after a special counsel was named to probe Hunter Biden’s alleged tax and gun crimes, and while GOP investigators continued to search his bank records for signs of influence-peddling, the first son was begging the Big Guy upstairs for justice,” the Post wrote.
Part of the prayer that he read states “Help them understand the rules of justice” and “Grant us the knowledge to judge justly.” Although the Post called it a “lengthy” blessing, the prayer for U.S. leaders, which many synagogues recite, is one of the shorter ones in the Shabbat service.
The bar mitzvah boy was Jayden Cohen, whose father, Davan, is the brother of Biden’s wife, Melissa.
Per the Post, Biden fidgeted with his yarmulke, forgot his prayer book when he went up to the bimah, wandered around the sanctuary after finishing his reading and was the only male relative without a necktie.