An aging, often confused, seemingly fragile US President waits two months to give a press conference. When he gives it, world leaders – and the press corps before him – hold their breath.
The place is unnaturally quiet. He muddles through, only friendly reporters, no tough questions, slow answers, no interruptions, fumbling cards, losing his train, picking up practiced lines, leaning on a lifetime of one-liners. For domestic and national security, the event was telling.
Those who describe Biden’s first press conference – and possibly last – as a “success” miss the vital standards by which American security is measured. One is the perceived clarity of mind, physical vigor, and capacity to manage the fast-moving crises of a US president. By that standard, the long-overdue, stumbling, scripted press conference did not inspire confidence.
Critics will say, he got through it. Yes, that is true, the way a fading light offers enough lumens to navigate a dark hall, or a smart child manages round one of a spelling bee, or nursing home resident projects confidence through a scheduled visit. One friend who works with cognitively challenged elders calls this the “fool ‘em on the street” phase, social graces, and slow fade.
Whatever one’s politics, projecting strength is part of being President. The signal Biden sent was not strength. China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, US Allies, and domestic radicals of call kinds – saw this. The event confirmed what they thought: Biden is being stage-managed, cognitively slow, physically weak, appears ill-equipped to respond to fast-moving crises.
Unfortunately, perceived lack of capacity, readiness, the nimbleness of mind, acuity of judgment – while it may not lip the 25th Amendment’s “fitness for office” trigger for removal – triggers other events. The most dangerous is a sword with two edges – swung against the American people.
The first edge is foreign opportunism, a sharp cut administered by anti-American, anti-Western influences – state and non-state, overt and clandestine, physical, territorial, maritime, overhead, and cyber. We may see it coming, get a chance to stop it – or may just suffer the effects.
Adversaries undeterred are unleashed, whether China is leaning on Taiwan, suffocating Hong Kong, taking disputed islands, pushing cyber tsunamis, Russia planning paramilitary action in Eastern Europe, Iran and North Korea pushing nuclear weapons, or Middle Eastern radicals infiltrating border crossers. Projected weakness invites foreign opportunism.
After the Biden press conference, China tightened screws on the Western press, slapped sanctions on Western countries, accused the US of trying to “subvert China’s unity,” and “rejected all criticism over its policies in Xinjiang …. crackdown on opposition figures in Hong Kong and threats against Taiwan.” See, e.g., https://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/china-sanctions/SAGOT5QXP2CECNC5BCGWVWG3E4/.
North Korea proceeded with new missile tests, the second set in ten days, a gambit reopened only after Trump left office. See, e.g., https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/north-korea-makes-splash-biden-ballistic-missile-salvo-n1262130; https://www.foxnews.com/world/north-korean-missiles-agile-evasive.
Russia sparked fresh concern in Eastern Europe. See, e.g., https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-polytics/3215232-us-monitoring-closely-russias-actions-in-eastern-ukraine-state-department.html; https://www.unian.info/world/nato-russia-s-aggressive-actions-constitute-threat-to-euro-atlantic-security-11363713.html. Biden rambled calling Putin a “killer,” triggering a roar-back. See, e.g., https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/03/bidens-actions-russia-escalate-biden-calls-putin-killer-putin-responds-saying-takes-one-know-one/.
Iran continues to get aggressive, rebuffing Western efforts to halt their nuclear weapons program, as China visits Iran – and four US allies, Turkey, UAE, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia. See, e.g., https://thediplomat.com/2021/03/chinas-foreign-minister-heads-to-the-middle-east/.
As a top diplomat once noted: “It fills in real fast behind you, if you pull your fist out of the bucket.” Biden’s weakness is China’s, Russia’s, North Korea’s, and Iran’s gain.
The sword’s second edge cuts closer to home – foreign enemies boldly projecting power internally, together with domestic enemies of democracy, seeing a chance to destabilize, radicalize, and upend public safety. Look at continuing riots and spiking crime.
The foreign threat is also coming ashore, invisibly. Highlighting Biden’s weakness, a senior military leader – head of US CYBERCOM – revealed this week foreign adversaries are here. General Nakasone said: “US adversaries are demonstrating a changed risk calculus … undertaking malign activities in cyberspace on a greater scale, scope and sophistication.”
They use our laws against us, “increasingly instigating cyber campaigns against US entities from the US’s own backyard, conducting domestic hacks partly from infrastructure that is geographically within the country,” and “operating inside the US puts threat actors beyond the reach of … CYBERCOM and NSA.” Nor are all threats of foreign origin. See, e.g., https://breakingdefense.com/2021/03/nakasone-warns-adversaries-hack-unseen-in-us/.
Efforts are afoot to kill the Senate’s protection of the hundred-year-old legislative filibuster, or cloture vote, without which radicals are free to federalize elections, mandate no voter identification, mass mail-in ballots, felon voting, punish political speech, mandate DC statehood and gun confiscation, pack the Supreme Court and federal bench. Biden is noddingly in favor, like a sleepwalker, after a career of defending the filibuster and opposing radicalism.
The press conference was revealing. The press – which Founders saw as a check on executive power – was bereft of journalistic professionalism, doting on the old man, sharing his partisan views, indulging their broadcast power to bend the truth. The spectacle was as hard to witness.
A second irony went unreported. Even in this staged event, a close-up on the cards – caught on camera – reveals Biden could not manage to get the facts out on his cards. He botched even that. See, e.g., https://www.foxnews.com/politics/photos-biden-cheat-sheets-first-formal-press-conference.
So, what is the point? Biden’s leadership is fading before the world’s eyes. His energy is sapped, moderate Senate positions – favoring law enforcement, legislative filibuster, national and border security, incremental change – are gone, handlers in charge, grip on power weakening. We can all see it, even if we do not wish to. So can our adversaries, foreign and domestic.
The endgame must be a renewed sense that the country is worth defending, a coming together by moderates and conservatives in both parties to plan for what lies ahead, reinforcing that our country is not weak, indecisive, or headed far left. The message must be we are “one people,” proud of our Constitution, Bill of Rights, borders, security, economy, history, and Allies. The time is now for that message – because Biden’s press conference was telling.
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Ya know, I’m starting to not read all these stories, I get so bummed over a$$holes Pucking up what we had ( notice, I didn’t say have ). I’m just not sure what language to use, Chinese or Russian, plus I’m 64 years old. How do you a whopper or big mac now? I think I’ll starve to death just trying to figure how to convert yen to rubles or vice a virsa. The American dollar don’t mean $hit now.
ANYONE with half a brain knows OUR last Presidential election was stolen!! Only the mentally deficient and morally corrupt and perverse accept this fake administration. Our world wide allies know it was stolen. If our Military does not take a stand against this Communist Marxist take over, then they’ve been in on it since the beginning which has been years in the making. Our only Hope, has always been Jesus Christ, and He has shown us that time and time again.
Jill Biden should be so ashamed of herself to let her husband go through this in the face of the world. What is WRONG with her???
She’s in the limelight now
Mrs. Biden wanted to be the “First Lady”
There is nothing wrong with Jill. She is acting in the best interest of the Bidens. Not too long-ago Hunter was facing legal problems which implicated his dad. All that has disappeared because
the Bidens live in the protective environment of the White House.
Our hands are tied!! I do not like that at all. This administration is evil and is putting the US in an extremely bad position. We are doomed if we do not do anything about it. I’m not sure it’s a good idea, but the military should get involved. Get my drift?
If the Nation continues to utilize mail our/mail in ballots … in political elections… Game over!!!
No matter how you slice it, that was one lemon of a press conference.
Not only on the global stage, as unfriendly foreign nations prepare to take advantage of our weakness, but also for us Americans. How embarrassing for all of us, to have “elected” a president who can’t maintain cogency to the end of a sentence let alone the end of a paragraph. I wouldn’t be surprised if Biden decided to hand over the reins to you-know-who by this summer. It might take that long for him to finally realize he’s not up to the task.
Jill Biden must be getting really big bucks to allow her husband to make a complete a$$ of the US & himself the way she has.
Well, maybe he shouldn’t have been cheating with a married woman.
Is anyone really surprised by any of this? It was never the intention of the Democrats that Biden, after elected, continue as President. They nominated him only because they knew he had a better chance of being elected than Harris, but also knew he was too senile to continue as President, and that they could then replace him with Harris, who is also not competent to serve, but at least not senile. And she will then become the first female president.
I would love to see an honest survey of Democrats now to see how many are completely pleased with their choice in the White House. It is not humanly possible that there are many, who keep up with what has gone on in government in the past 3 months, who are not concerned and disappointed, no matter what party they support
We need a Constitutional Resolution allowing the people to recall an elected official we aren’t satisfied with. Article V, Convention of States. Learn about it on the website for Convention of States, get a free handbook, sign the petition, and volunteer.
Such evil to do all that they did to make sure that they were in power, and they used demented Joe to do it.
Beyond shame and disgust, Soros, Clinton, Obama, Warren, Sanders, etc., and all their minions that were paid to help make sure Beavis was elected, may what they did to get power be fully exposed, prosecuted, and judgment on all of them.
Our Heavenly Father will see that justice is done in his time, not ours
My father has dementia, and I work with dementia patients all the time and I can tell you without hesitation that Biden has advanced dementia. When I see him fumble and try to speak, I see my father. What they are doing to that man is downright elder abuse. But who will ultimately pay for what’s going on? We the People!
Poor old pathetic Mr. Biden is in way over his head, as he is simply being used as a puppet by the power brokers in the back room. When he becomes too demented to function or has exhausted his usefulness as a puppet, he will be gently pushed aside to make room for the real Communist operatives to move to the front row. If they are able to disarm true Americans, that moment will come much sooner than we realize. Stay tuned……
The democrats plan has always been to use Biden as a trojan horse to get elected, then use the 25th amendment to remove him from office and now Kamala is president. They knew she couldn’t get elected on her own – so Biden became their “useful idiot” to promote their progressive agenda. God help us!
You are absolutely correct, Lynn M Kerr
The simple truth is we, the citizens of this formerly great country, have taken our eyes off the ball. We trust our media to be honest, they arent! We depend on our government to be honest and open, they arent. We think our institution are honest, and they work for us, they dont! This so called re-set should be a reset of who works for whom? We work for them but in reality, they work forus. Like any responsible employer sometimes you must fire an employee for lack of performance, crappy performance, and/or malfeasance. What the hell is wrong with us all? Why do we not fire these ba$tards?
Article V, Convention of States.
Keep your powder dry.
I’m sorry dude, I know your right, it’s just it shouldn’t be spoken of.
You say “We work for them but in reality, they work forus.” Unfortunately, you have that backwards. That is the way it should be according to the Constitution. They haven’t been working for us for quite some time. In reality, they believe we work for them and conduct all their business on that premise. The citizens exist to serve the government.
why are the American People not taking up arms and get rid of this communistic government, put them up against a wall and execute them for treason! this is the USA a republic founded on christian values not dictators
AMERICANS ARE IN DENIAL????
Article V, Convention of States.
Really sad that the democrats are corrupt and their uninformed followers would want this man as a President.
It’s obvious biden has had,and still has cognitive problems and cannot give press conferences or answer simple questions.
The sad ,mad and frightening part is that democrats ONLY care about,power,fleecing taxpayers and enacting a communist agenda to take away Americans freedom.
In my view these democrats are traitors who need to be removed for violating their sworn oaths.
How could any REAL American have such hatred for Our Country as these people obviously do.
President Trump and Rush Limbaugh were 100% correct about the democrats.
So bad for America.
The election was stolen, and I want my stolen goods back. After all, IF the police found the burglar and my goods that were stolen from me, THEN I would get the goods back, would I not? Trump 2021!
No way could 80,000,000 voters be wrong. Right! UhHuh! Weekend at Bernie’s scenario in the Oval Office. Rumors have it that Bernie Biden has to have daily phone checks with his old boss.
At this point in time, it is extremely difficult to believe that the majority of Americans voted for Mr. Biden. He’s ill-fit to lead this country in the office of President. I think he has to have more of his wits about him to pull this off, which is why I’m not sure at all that he’ll get through the 4 year term, let alone run for re-election! Let’s get through what we can, first.
Worst president ever for our country but what would you expect being backed by the most corrupt liberal senate and congress in our history.
He’s not my president
He’s not even the country’s ‘President’. He’s just the cardboard cutout they put out in front of the media and the people once in awhile to give the illusion he’s the President. The real President is the one behind the scenes that no one sees who is actually directing the running of the country. I believe that person is Barack Obama engaging in his third term for which he wasn’t legally allowed to run. He is the only former POTUS who didn’t leave Washington, D C after his Presidency was over and he still has “his phone and his pen” which I’m sure he is using on a daily basis, around the clock, to issue directions to ‘his Cabinet’, re-constituted as Biden’s Cabinet, in the White House.
Biden has no idea what he is saying when he is trying to read it from the teleprompter or the note cards, written and provided to him by someone else. He just tries to get through it as best he can and get off the stage before he gets his ‘handlers’ mad at him. You will NEVER see Biden in a public setting without at least one handler within reach to grab him by the elbow and lead him away. And these ‘handlers’ aren’t the Secret Service. They’re people like Jill, Kamala, Susan Rice, Ron Klain, et al, all designated caregivers to keep the charade alive. .
Calling on “reporters” using cue cards who have scripted questions. What a joke our nation has become.