On January 20, corporate media praised Father Kevin O’Brien, the priest who presided over an inaugural mass for Democratic President Joe Biden. Almost exactly two months later, O’Brien was placed on administrative leave from his post as president of the University of Santa Clara and is under investigation for inappropriate behavior.
“I have been informed by the Provincial of the USA West Province that the Jesuit Provincial Office has recently received accounts that Father O’Brien has exhibited behaviors in adult contexts, consisting primarily of conversation, which may be incompatible. with established Jesuit protocols and borders, ”a statement from the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Santa Clara, John M. Sobrato, said Friday.
“An independent investigation into these accounts is being conducted on behalf of the Western Province of the United States and the findings of the province’s process will be shared with the University of Santa Clara Board of Trustees,” the statement continued. . “Father O’Brien has been placed on leave of absence from his post as university president for the duration of the investigation by the US West Province in accordance with its protocols.
The statement goes on to allude to allegations against O’Brien from multiple sources, noting that “the trustees support those who have come forward to share their accounts.”
Biden described O’Brien as an “American treasure” in 2016.
The O’Brien investigation isn’t the only public embarrassment for Biden to make the news on Friday. The president has also fallen several times while walking up the steps of Air Force One:
Joe Biden fell this morning while walking up the stairs to enter Air Force One. Several photos have captured the moment the 78-year-old US president lost his footing and fell halfway up the stairs.
Doug Mills, reporter for the New York Times, writes “POTUS stumbles as he climbs the steps of Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Md., on a trip to Atlanta.” However, other outlets reported it as a drop.
The Insider Paper uploaded a photo of Biden’s left leg clearly falling to the ground as he tried to stand while grabbing the handrail. “Biden tripped and fell while walking up the stairs of Air Force One,” they wrote on Twitter.
Biden is clearly seen falling in videos of the incident.
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