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The New York Times Increasing Concerns about Biden’s Competence

The media has been bombarded with a plethora of news stories lately that raise doubts concerning Joe Biden and his ability to fulfill his role. It's fascinating that those questions are now being raised before the midterm elections. I had thought that Democrats would have to wait until after the midterms to push back against Biden, however it could be happening earlier because they're so dissatisfied with Biden's performance. Democrats fear they'll be wiped out by the midterms in some way because Joe Biden is so bad and provides no instructions to the party and doesn't appear to know how to fix his ship which is sunk in the sands.

The New York Times is broaching the third rail issue, Joe Biden's declining age.

Biden was supposed to travel right across Europe towards the Middle East for meetings there. However, don't tell him he's planning to ask Saudi Arabia for more oil. He's very angry If you make that claim.

Then, he's going to leave on Tuesday evening. Meanwhile, he's returning to his home in the U.S. for the weekend and is staying at the beach for the 39th time during his presidency.

Here's the Times review of how the former president is now likely to be “more rested”:

Biden insists he plans to run again for the second term as he gets older, his age has become a problem for his team and his own party.

Biden is already more than one year younger than Ronald Reagan was at the close of his two-terms. If he decides to run again in 2024, Mr. Biden would be asking for the nation to choose the next president, who would be 86 by the end of his presidency, and would be pushing the boundaries of age. Surveys indicate that many Americans believe that Biden is too old, and certain Democratic strategists don't believe it is appropriate to run for president again.

It's, not surprisingly, one of the most sensitive topics within this part of the West Wing. Interviews, some of which were sanctioned by White House officials and some not, over 12 former and current top officials and advisers consistently stated that Biden remained intellectually engaged and asking thoughtful questions at meetings, examining aides over disputes and calling them late in the night, identifying the flaw on page 14 in a document, and writing speeches similar to the one he made on Friday about abortion all the way to the final minute.

They acknowledged the fact that Mr. Biden looks older than just two years ago, which is an issue that is not addressed with conventional White House stratagems like staff changes or new communication strategies. His energy, though remarkable for a man his age, isn't as high as it once was and some aides watch out for Biden. He is known to shuffle when walking, and the aides are worried that he might trip on wires. He stumbles over words during public events, and people wait to see if they make it through without a lapse.

The third sentence of the quote is full of gibberish; it's actually the last paragraph which is the”money” paragraph. They're waiting for their breath each moment he speaks, and he's unable to go on 10 days of work with no return trip to Delaware to rest and to do whatever they can in order to get him excited there. Of course, we've said this for a long time before he was sworn into office. So, why is he suddenly acknowledging it now? What kind of trouble do we have to endure with the man who is in charge?

While White House officials insist they do not make any special arrangements like the Reagan administration did, they privately try to keep an eye on Mr. Biden's weekend in Delaware as much as they can. He is generally a five- or five-and-a-half-day-a-week president, although there are times when he is called at any hour regardless of the day. He is not in the public eye at night and has attended less than half the press conferences or interviews as previous presidents.

Is it hidden away in the night? That's nappy time, and an early closing for example, around 3 p.m.

The NY Times acknowledges there were some issues regarding Biden and the majority of American people believe that he's old to hold the post.

Mr. Biden's appearances on the public stage have helped to create the perception. His speeches are sometimes boring and unfocused. Sometimes, he loses his line of thought, is having trouble remembering names or appearing confused. In the past Biden has praised vice president Kamala Harris, calling her “President Harris.” Mr. Biden, who overcame his childhood speech disorder, is unable to comprehend phrases such as “kleptocracy.” He has stated Iranian in reference to Ukrainian and has also used the name senator Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia, “John,” making him appear to be Senator Mark Warner, the former Republican senator with that name from Virginia.

Guys, he's reading through the instructions on the teleprompter, without even realizing it.

Even though it's only Republicans complaining, According to the Times:

Republicans and the conservative media are quick to celebrate these moments by uploading viral videos, often exaggerated or altered to make Biden look even worse. However, Biden's White House has had to retract some of his comments made in ad-lib, for instance, the time he pledged an armed response in the event that China strikes Taiwan or stated that the president Vladimir V. Putin “cannot remain in power” in Russia.

His people always try to keep him from the media (I believe I've heard this somewhere) and they're maniacal about COVID.

However, aides should be careful about exposing him to the coronavirus. Aides are tested at least once per week and are required to wear wristbands with colors aligned to the day of their test. If they are planning to meet to discuss the presidency on a different day, they should be tested that morning and wear N95 masks.

The White House seems equally determined to protect Biden against unscripted interactions with news media. Biden has attended just 16 press conferences in his first year of the presidency, less than half the number as did Mr. Trump, Barack Obama, and George W. Bush had at this point, and less than a quarter of the number as Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, according to Martha Joynt Kumar, a long-time researcher of presidential media strategy.

In the same way, Biden has also been less accessible. Biden has given just 38 interviews, which is far less than Trump (116), Mr. Obama (198), the younger Mr. Bush (71), Mr. Clinton (75) and the more senior President Bush (86). Former vice president Biden has been more open to answering informal questions following the event or speech that he has attended nearly 290 times. This compares to 213 for Mr. Trump and 64 by Mr. Obama.

The Times phrased the way the different leaders treated him during the G-7 as a way to treat a “distinguished elderly relative.”

“At a photo opportunity, Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany gently pointed Mr. Biden in the direction of the cameras.” Then Biden appeared to be unsure of what was going on as the other leaders were doing it.

What's the bottom line? The Times is now outlining the facts we've known for years – that Biden isn't up for the task. Biden's team is aware of it and are doing everything they can to fill in.

It can be a source of the embarrassing and humiliating, with world leaders recognizing that he's not able in their ability to assist him — it’s also embarrassing that he's unable to respond to the assassination attempt of Japan’s most important leader, Shinzo Abe, for a period of about eight hours following the incident.

Certain people — such as Iowa Law School professor Derek Muller -have advocated for age-limits. Maybe. I don't like these limitations, however, we can know that this is an issue for Congress and has changed from the intention of the founding fathers who believed that Congressional posts were not meant to be permanent posts. However, in the instance of Joe Biden, it's not only age and incapacity. Joe has been incompetent for a long time. Democrats recognized this, but they pushed to keep Joe in the position because the power seemed more valuable to them over the security of our country.

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