His situation caught the attention of the first family and led to his invitation to the State of the Union address. He was seated Tuesday next to Grace Eline, a 10-year-old cancer survivor who was also invited by the president, and near first lady Melania Trump.
The Washington Post noted that it was not clear when Joshua closed his eyes. During the president's speech, the Post reported, "some camera angles swept over the crowd at select moments when everyone was standing and clapping – except for the blank space where Joshua should have been."
An alert photographer, however, caught sight of Joshua snoozing and snapped a photo that spread widely on social media.