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In a report published on Thursday, Politico discussed the possibility of a rematch in 2024 between President Biden and former President Trump. While there has been no official announcement except for off-the-cuff remarks from Biden declaring his intention to run again, it is “all systems go” inside the White House with aides and advisers “taking initial steps to mount a bid” despite the president’s health issues.
“He has little choice to say otherwise; an admission that he was making himself a lame duck would dramatically curb his political power,” the Politico reads.
“Some Democrats have expressed private hope that Biden will make his final decision soon after this November’s midterms, giving the party plenty of time to prepare for what would likely be a wide-open primary if he opts not to run… On a personal level, moreover, acting promptly is not a Biden strength, sparking fear within the party that an announcement could be delayed until deep into 2023.
The one factor that could hasten a decision and all but certainly ensure that Biden runs again: if Donald Trump says he will, too.”
The Politico article noted that if Biden were to run again in 2024, his campaign would be more “rigorous” considering much of his 2020 campaign was held at his Delaware home due to the Coronavirus epidemic.
“Still, some allies and Democrats privately worry that Biden may not be able to handle the rigors of another campaign,” the article continued.
“A bone he broke in his foot while playing with his dog in late November 2020 still occasionally bothers Biden, resulting in a slower and shorter gait. And the White House has largely abandoned using the Oval Office for press events in part because it can’t be permanently equipped with a teleprompter.”
“Biden aides prefer the fake White House stage built in the Old Executive Office Building next door for events, sacrificing some of the power of the historic backdrop in favor of an otherwise sterile room that was outfitted with an easily read teleprompter screen.”
Press access to President Biden has been very restricted by the White House.
As a backdrop for public events, the White House has seldom employed the Oval Office during the Biden presidency.
The reason behind this is that the president’s aides are reportedly wanting him to stay with the script and not mentally meander off on a mumbling spree.
As of 2022, he has only given one interview to a news organization.
According to Towson University’s White House Transition Project, Biden conducted just 22 formal sit-downs during his first year in office, compared to 92 for Donald Trump and 156 for Barack Obama.
The press has noticed Biden’s reluctance to sit down for interviews. Politico featured a story last year entitled, “Why Biden’s Not Doing Interviews,” which noted he conducted more formal interviews as vice president than he has during the same time period as president.
“Biden’s team is quick to note that he often takes questions from reporters after he does events. Allies of the president are even quicker to note that no one outside of the Washington press corps really cares about press access,” Politico reported last October. “But the lack of interviews reflects the bunker mentality this White House has taken with the media — particularly the extensive back-and-forths where reporters can follow-up, push, and prod.”
The New York Times reported in November that Biden’s “low-key media strategy” had caused concern among his allies.
“He has not sat for interviews with The Associated Press, The New York Times, Reuters, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal or USA Today. Even friendly venues like ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ have gone unvisited,” reported the Times, however, Biden did meet with Times columnist David Brooks.
As well, the Associated Press called out Biden earlier this year for not participating in news conferences and interviews in his first year as president.
“The dynamic has the White House facing questions about whether Biden, who vowed to have the most transparent administration in the nation’s history, is falling short in pulling back the curtain on how his administration operates and missing opportunities to explain his agenda,” reported the Associated Press in January.
Of course, Biden’s verbal stumbling could get us into a war.
As the National Review pointed out last month after Russia invaded Ukraine:
We’ve just learned that when President Biden called Vladimir Putin’s acts “genocide” the remark didn’t really count, any more than it counted when Biden called Putin “a war criminal,” (never mind, said his staff). Nor was the president making policy when he called for Russian regime change by saying, “for God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power” (no, he can remain in power, said flunkies).
We should also forget all about how Biden said use of chemical weapons by Putin would “trigger a response in kind” (not that kind of in kind, said his team), how he told the 82nd Airborne that they would soon learn about Ukraine because they’d see it firsthand when they “were there” (they were staying put, said underlings), or that when he suggested a Russian invasion wouldn’t be so bad “if it’s a minor incursion and then we end up having a fight about what to do and not do, etc.” No, any incursion would be bad, Biden later said.
Biden’s operatives and those who are really in control (Obama?) are keeping him on a tight leash so he doesn’t spill the beans on their nefarious plans for America. Which are working amazingly as the country falls completely apart.