Biden: ‘I don’t know about’ 2024

The Washington Examiner reports that President Joe Biden, after many months of insisting that he will seek reelection, is now expressing uncertainty about a 2024 bid. 

That expression of uncertainty came on Wednesday, immediately following a speech that he made at the White House Tribal Nations Summit. Take a look:

The video

In case you’re unable or unwilling to watch the above video, it picks up just at the end of Biden’s speech, with the president saying, “as my grandfather Finnegan would say, ‘that’s the Irish of it.'”

Biden, as he was saying this, picked up his portfolio-type binder, and, just when he finished, he slammed it down on the podium.

The crowd began clapping, and an unidentified person shouted, “four more years!” Biden raised his arm and hand slightly – as if to waive the suggestion off – and, he said, “Oh, I don’t know about that.”

Biden then told the applauding crowd, “Thanks. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Finally. Finally. Finally. Let’s keep it going. Okay? Thank you.” And then, the clip is cut off.

A reversal?

It was less than a month ago that Biden said this: “My intention is that I run again.”

And, it was just before Thanksgiving that White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said, “I’ll just repeat what the president has said many times, what I’ve said many times at this podium, is that the president intends to run.”

This has been Biden and the White House’s official response to questions about 2024 for many months now.

Both, time and again, insisted that Biden will seek reelection. And, they did so in the face of reports and polling that showed that a significant amount of Democratic insiders, politicians, and voters don’t want Biden to seek reelection, citing, among other things, concerns about Biden’s old age.

So, why the sudden uncertainty from Biden?

We don’t know.

But, what makes Biden’s remark even more surprising is the fact that Democrats appear to be warming up to the idea of Biden seeking reelection.

The Hill reports, “Progressives have cooled on the idea of finding a new leader to seek the party’s presidential nomination in 2024.” This “cooling,” according to The Hill, is the result of the Democrats’ better-than-expected results in the midterm elections, which many Democrats appear to be attributing to Biden.

So, why would Biden start expressing doubt about a reelection bid when he finally appears to have the support of his party? It’s unclear. According to Biden, we probably can expect his 2024 decision “early next year.”