As the 2024 presidential election approaches, observers are divided over whether Joe Biden is likely to seek another term in office.
Biden was asked by reporters about the issue this weekend during his vacation in St. Croix, and he didn't rule it out.
According to The Daily Caller, the president predicted that "2023 is going to be a good year" as he left a restaurant in downtown Christiansted on New Years Eve.
When a journalist proceeded to ask Biden about his electoral prospects, he jokingly responded, "There’s an election coming up? I didn't know that."
"2023 is going to be a good year," President Biden says as he leaves dinner in St. Croix. When asked about re-election, he joked: "There’s an election coming up? I didn’t know that." pic.twitter.com/p6vfrWGXqT
— Bo Erickson CBS (@BoKnowsNews) December 31, 2022
This is far from being the first time Biden's 2024 plans have come up, with Fox News citing a statement put out from the White House last month declaring that the president "intends to run for re-election."
However, critics have long argued that far from being well placed to run for another term, Biden is not even mentally fit to serve out his current one.
They include former White House physician Ronny Jackson, who told Fox News last February that the president should take a cognitive fitness test.
"The whole country is seeing his mental cognitive issues on display for over a year now, and there's really no question in most people's minds that there's something going on with him, that he's not cognitively the same as he used to be and, in my mind, not fit to be our president right now," he said.
What's more, a Fox News poll published last month found that only 33% of Americans think the president should run again.
In its article, The Daily Caller also noted that Biden has received little in the way of media criticism for going on a tropical vacation even as many Americans have been dealing with deadly blizzard conditions.
That stands in sharp contrast with the way that Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz was excoriated last year for traveling to Mexico while people in his state struggled with severe winter weather.
That fact did not go unnoticed by conservative commentator and former Trump advisor Stephen L. Miller, who tweeted out a side-by-side comparison of the coverage.
If you squint, you can see a very subtle difference here. pic.twitter.com/qgP6a80cLo
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) December 28, 2022