Although President Joe Biden’s media allies have declared the topic off-limits, speculation about his mental condition isn’t going away.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) provoked a predictably thin-skinned response from the White House Monday by acknowledging the elephant in the room, asking whether Biden is “really in charge,” Breitbart reported.
Cornyn asks if Biden is “in charge”
Cornyn cited a new article from Politico on Biden’s “unimaginably conventional” presidency, which to many has a strangely robotic, uncanny quality.
“The president is not doing cable news interviews. Tweets from his account are limited and, when they come, unimaginably conventional. The public comments are largely scripted. Biden has opted for fewer sit-down interviews with mainstream outlets and reporters,” the article reads.
Politico acknowledges indirectly that the White House is seeking to expose Biden as little as possible, though it “hasn’t always gone according to plan — on occasion, the White House has had to walk back or clarify comments Biden has made in the interviews he has given.”
Biden has often seemed to lose his train of thought, and many say he hasn’t made himself accessible to the media. He did not give his first press conference until after 54 days, the longest delay in about a century, and even then he only called on pre-selected reporters.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) responded to Cornyn on Twitter with a screenshot from Weekend at Bernie’s, joking, “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
White House panics: “but Trump!”
The White House has shown great sensitivity to criticism, especially insinuations about Biden’s cognitive condition, and there is apparently a kind of informal agreement in the journalism world to ignore the issue.
As they have often done, the White House responded to questions about Biden’s state by making it all about — wait for it — Donald Trump.
The possibility that the president is senile is not a big deal since — as Biden spox Jen Psaki put it — there’s less drama now!
“I can confirm that the president of the United States does not spend his time tweeting conspiracy theories, he spends his time working on behalf of the American people,” she snapped.
As far as “working” goes, Biden has yet to visit the southern border that is currently being overwhelmed with migrants at his invitation. But then again, maybe that’s Trump’s fault too.