It is no secret that President Joe Biden is not as sharp as he once was, but new details have surfaced about the extreme, bizarre lengths White House insiders have reportedly gone to protect the president, often disparaged as a “puppet,” from unwanted public scrutiny.
According to a new book, Peril, Biden aides have set up a “wall” to insulate Biden as much as possible from the media and the outside world, Fox News reports.
Media ignores claims
The utterly strange story has received little attention from the mainstream media, with the exception of Fox News. This is not surprising, as most of the media have routinely downplayed Biden’s obvious cognitive struggles.
According to Peril authors Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Biden’s chief of staff, Ron Klain, and White House advisor Anita Dunn have sought to keep Biden away from “unscripted events or long interviews” because they are eager to control his “tendency to at times be testy or mangle statements.”
“They called the effect ‘the wall,’ a cocooning of the president,” the authors wrote, according to Fox.
While it is disconcerting that the president needs to be “cocooned” by his subordinates, the revelation will strike many as merely corroborating what is clear to the undeceived eye: Biden is a puppet whose presidency is a kind of elaborate stage production.
The public has already received a glimpse of this “wall” from Biden himself. More than once, Biden has appeared to “break the fourth wall,” so to speak, by alluding to the existence of unseen others controlling him. As Biden often puts it, he will “get in trouble” if he veers off the script he has been given.
Who’s really in charge?
The anxiety of Biden’s aides is easy to understand.
While Biden does have moments of striking lucidity, he is more often seen speaking gibberish and snapping at cheerleaders in the media who dare to ask the occasionally challenging question.
The president’s bizarre behavior has left many convinced that he is in a steep cognitive decline, and it would appear that many inside the White House privately share that assessment. As Politico reported recently, Biden staffers often ignore his events.
Some may question whether this “cocooning” has been positive for Biden, who has had the luxury of facing little pushback — unlike former President Donald Trump, who faced unrelenting, largely bogus media criticism — from a media more content to discuss Biden’s choice in ice cream than the consequences of his policies.
The longer Biden is shielded from accountability, the softer he is likely to get. At this rate, is it even accurate to call him the president?