There’s something wrong with President Joe Biden, and everyone knows it.
Last week, Biden was asked if his administration would consider delaying the end of Section 42, a pandemic immigration restriction that allows for the rapid deportation of migrants illegally crossing our border in the name of stopping the circulation of COVID. 19.
The bite began to wander. “None. What I am considering is to keep hearing from my – my – First of all, there will be an appeal from the Ministry of Justice. For in principle, we want to be able to be in a position where if it actually “We have strongly concluded by the researchers that we need Title 42, that we would be able to do so. But no decision has been made to extend Section 42.”
It turned out that he was talking about mask mandates on planes and other forms of transportation. This raises the question of consequence: If the administration wants to continue pushing masks on planes because COVID is still a threat, then title 42 does not protect against the same threat?
But it would at least be nice if the president knew what he was talking about.
This is not just talking wrong. He seems completely out of it and we all watch quietly.
On Friday, Biden tried to comment on Florida’s new law on parental rights in education and came out with this phrase: “There’s nothing conservative about deciding you want to throw Disney out of its current position because Mickey Mouse? Do you actually think that “We should not be able to say, ‘You know,’ gay ‘? I mean, what’s going on here?”
What’s really going on here? Is the president okay? He does not seem to.
On Easter Sunday, a White House reporter asked Biden about Afghanistan. As he began to answer the question, an employee in an Easter bunny costume appeared, waving his arms in front of Biden’s face and leading him to another part of the event.
It’s fun, of course, but it’s a little scary too. Who actually runs the show in the White House? The president often makes comments about what he has “promised” to say, how many press questions he is allowed to take, and what specific journalists he can call. Who makes these decisions? Is Joe Biden president or not?
Who was in that rabbit costume at all ?! (Looks like it was Meghan Hays, the White House’s director of communications planning.)
It is also hard to forget that in the Donald Trump years, the President’s acumen was discussed and often.
Brian Stelter, from CNN’s most incorrectly named show, “Reliable Sources,” had actor Robert De Niro on to discuss Trump’s mental capacity. The network also favored medical statements from Trump’s enemies such as Anthony Scaramucci.
When Trump joked about buying Greenland from Denmark, MSNBC frowned and highlighted Dr. Lance Dodes, former assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, to talk about the president’s mental decline. Dodes contributed to a book on the subject without, of course, ever having investigated Trump.
But now we are meant to disregard what we see with our own eyes. Many of us have had our own confused grandfather start one story and end another or wander from one subject to another without meaning.
Grandpa walks sometimes. The problem is this confused grandfather has a little more power than your own.
In August, during yet another confusing stretch for the president, CNN’s Chris Cillizza wrote of various Republican officials questioning Biden’s consciousness: “This is the kind of gross policy with the lowest common denominator that drives people away from public life. “some kind of proof that Biden is falling, they should bring it up. If they do not, they should stop doing what they do. Immediately.”
The proof is in front of our faces, and Cillizza knows it. But maybe he should check in with Robert De Niro first and see what he thinks.