Joe Biden’s approval numbers are in free-fall. Part of it is a function of his performance as President. But the chorus of voices raising concerns about his age and fitness is rising in both number and intensity.
Not exactly the greatest birthday present for the old guy
That’s just part of the bad news he faced on his 81st birthday:
He didn’t have a big celebration yesterday, unless you consider pardoning turkeys a whole lot of fun – for obvious reasons.
Yet plenty of news outlets used the peg for their is-Biden-too-old pieces., and NBC didn’t deliver much of a birthday present with a poll showing Biden at his lowest approval rating of 40%.
[…] Speaking of war, 70% of Democrats in that NBC survey disapprove of Biden’s handling of Israel’s bloody conflict with Hamas. This reflects a deepening divide within the Democratic Party, especially among its youngest voters. In fact, the president’s approval rating among those 18 to 34 has dropped to 31%. — FoxNews
Biden didn’t appreciate Axelrod’s honesty
There was a recent back-and-forth between Joe and the architect of the Obama election wins, David Axelrod.
Former President Obama’s senior adviser David Axelrod said he thinks President Biden has a “50-50 shot” of winning in the 2024 election and that the current president faces the risky bet of trying to “cheat nature.”
“I think he has a 50-50 shot here, but no better than that, maybe a little worse,” Axelrod told New York Times’ Maureen Dowd in an interview. “He thinks he can cheat nature here, and it’s really risky. They’ve got a real problem if they’re counting on Trump to win it for them. I remember Hillary doing that, too.”
[…] But, the column notes, “Axelrod drew Biden’s ire because he urged the president to consider stopping at one term.” Axelrod earlier this month suggested that Biden needs to decide if it’s still wise to run following a recent poll showing Biden trailing former President Trump in key swing states.
“I don’t care about them thinking I’m a pr— — that’s fine,” Axelrod told Dowd. “I hope they don’t think the polls are wrong because they’re not.” — The Hill
Joe Biden called Axelrod a pr*ck.
Plenty of people on our side have described him in similar language… deservedly so. Because, really, show me the lie in what Biden called him.
But this isn’t bitter partisan fighting over hotly contested policy differences. This is about egos and personalities of the kind Joe used to disparage Trump as unpresidential. It’s blue-on-blue infighting.
Launching public defamatory attacks against someone who disagrees with him? Gee. Imagine that. If there’s any such thing as a Biden doctrine, surely that play is somewhere in the document. So much for Mr. Soul of America who would be the President of All Americans. (Maybe America should have read the fine print, where he added ‘so long as they agree with everything I say’.)
On his 81st birthday, Joe was under the microscope as the oldest of old white guys ever to hold office — and he wants to take on another term!
Even his supporters are cautiously using the word “frail”.
We’re nowhere near as charitable in our view of his competence. We’re not convinced about how well he could pass the ‘draw a clock‘ dementia test.
Trump picked Joe’s birthday to make an announcement of his own
It’s exactly the kind of contrast between them that Joe does NOT want us to see.
Trump’s doctor released a report that spoke glowingly of his weight loss and gave him a clean bill of health.
The report, released Monday by Dr. Bruce Aronwald, who has served as 77-year-old Trump’s physician since 2021, comes as concern over President Biden’s health continues to grow ahead of the 2024 presidential election, specifically regarding his age and cognitive ability.
Trump’s physician said the former president’s performance on cognitive exams was “exceptional.” The report was notably released on Biden’s 81st birthday.
“I am pleased to report that President Trump’s overall health is excellent. His physical exams were well within the normal range and his cognitive exams were exceptional. In addition, his most recent extensive laboratory analysis remains well within normal limits and was even more favorable than prior testing in some of the most significant parameters, most likely secondary to weight reduction,” Aronwald wrote.
He wrote that Trump’s cardiovascular studies were “normal,” that all of his cancer screenings came back negative, and that he had “reduced his weight through an improved diet and continued daily physical activity, while maintaining a rigorous schedule.”
“It is my opinion that President Trump is currently in excellent health, and with his continued interest in preventative health monitoring and maintenance, he will continue to enjoy a healthy active lifestyle for years to come,” Aronwald added. — FoxNews
It’s hard to top the ‘very stable genius’ tweet Trump gave as a stick in the eye to everyone trying to invoke the 25th Amendment… especially when some of his critics received a lower score than Trump did.
But dropping it on Biden’s birthday?
That’s just good marketing.
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