We’re at the point where even Democrats have started openly asking about Biden’s mental fitness. And moments like this only make it worse.
When a Press Secretary goes into a presser with a binder full of notes, nobody minds much unless they hem and haw for 20 seconds trying to find out how to spin the question.
When a President speaks to the press with notes and talking points handy, he is mocked mercilessly by the media — if his name happens to be Trump. We know because we’ve seen it happen. But when Joe Biden is repeatedly caught fumbling through his cue cards looking for his answer, they bend over backward to downplay that.
We’ve given Joe a hard time on his cue card in the past, especially when they told him which
political plants journalists he was supposed to call upon and in which order.
But since taking office, he’s required more and more rescuing in his public appearances. He’s often looked confused and uncertain about where he was to go, and what he was to do next. Much was made of that time he either did — or did not — attempt to shake hands with empty air.
One of the low points was a staffer dressed in an Easter Bunny suit who jumped in to rescue him from going off-script. That was still slightly better than Joe’s outrage at all the times his cabinet members or other functionaries had to walk back statements he made that were the diplomatic equivalent of juggling grenades on various foreign policy fronts.
“What the president REALLY meant was…”
Spin and damage control is part of the job of White House staffers. It’s a safe bet that anyone doing that same job in Trump’s day finished the job with a lot more grey hair than when they started.
We can all agree that Joe Biden has ‘lost a step’ to say the least. And most of us can acknowledge that he was eminently mediocre even in his prime.
But try to imagine how the Negative Press would have reported Joe Biden’s latest public stumble if it were about Trump.
Joe is holding cue cards that look like they were written as basic instructions for a third-grader.
Honestly, Joe, if you’re THAT helpless, at least be discreet about it.
Joe Biden isn't senile, guys. His handlers just have to give him step by step directions for every single thing that he does.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) June 23, 2022
Here is a partial list of the bullet points.
"Offshore Win Drop-By Sequence of Events
-YOU enter the Roosevelt Room and say hello to participants
-YOU take YOUR seat
-YOU give brief comments (? Minutes)
-YOU ask Liz Shuler AFL-CIO President a question"
Then more bulletpoints I can’t quite see.
— Kate Hyde (@KateHydeNY) June 23, 2022
A better angle which includes the rest of the card.
The bullet points not already mentioned above are:
– Note: Liz is joining virtually
– YOU thank participants
– YOU depart
Here’s video where he is answering the press questions about the SCOTUS ruling on New York concealed carry laws and holds his little cue cards up where the cameras can show them to the world.
Check out Doug’s latest book, The Art of Joe: The Political Brilliance of President Biden. If you have left-leaning family members, workmates, or classmates, to buy several copies and place them in common areas. Make sure you have your video camera ready for when they pick it up and thumb through it because they will be triggered which will make for a great viral video to share across social media. Also, buy a couple for the GOP NeverTrumpers that you know. Finally, both the book’s cover and the epilogue, Notable Quotable Joe are worth the price of admission. We’ve included before and after Biden on Afghanistan. Jen Psaki will no likey this book, but you will. BTW, the book is 95% bereft of any content. Just like Biden’s head.