Joe Biden, though, is the granddad of the country, and when you listen to Granddad, sometimes you wonder whether it’s safe for him to be near a pair of scissors.
No big deal, though; it’s just that there’s this guy who looks like he’d have trouble using Google Maps and he happens to be in charge of all the nukes. On the rare occasions when Biden’s staff let him out of the dayroom to be seen on camera, pre-selected members of the press ask him the gentlest conceivable questions and then wind up cringing anyway as Biden gives one unnerving display after another.
Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin must watch these press conferences giggling uncontrollably at their good fortune: Suddenly the world’s greatest power is in the hands of a slightly dazed-looking fellow who seems like he is always just waking up from heavy anesthesia.
On Thursday, Biden three times bent over and, taking care to set his eyes to “crazy,” whispered into the microphone as though he was auditioning to play a stalker calling from inside the house to terrorize a baby-sitter in a 1980s TV movie. Defending one of his bills, he whispered, “I got them $1.9 trillion in relief so far.” Later, to another question, Biden whispered again, “I wrote the bill on the environment. Why would I not be for it?”
A video of the whispery bits was viewed more than 3 million times. Why is our president trying to sound murdery?
At age 78, by which time Ronald Reagan was retired, Biden is suffering from what nursing home workers delicately refer to as “personality changes.” You get the feeling his aides spend a solid week coaching him in advance before letting him speak, which is why he keeps saying things like, “I’m going to get in trouble with staff.” Never before have we had a president who so openly feared his own minders. Who is making the decisions?