Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said on CNN's coverage of President Joe Biden's State of the Union speech Tuesday night that he “showed the energy, the empathy, the hopefulness” of a presidential candidate.
“Joe Biden is a person of vision, knowledge, judgment, strategic thinking to get the job done," she continued. "It was a remarkable two years, a remarkable two years. And again, he connects very empathetically with the American people. So, I hope he runs. I’m for him if he runs. And I know that the Democrats will fully embrace him.”
Pelosi said she didn't expect any Democrats to challenge Biden in the primary because in her opinion, his record has been so great.
"I think that you have to weigh all the equities," she said. "Yes, the age issue is something that we all have to contend with in every line of work. But I do think that the fact is that weighing the equities, this is a president with 12 million jobs and all of the things that he has done. He has a record unmatched by any recent president. Maybe Franklin Roosevelt.”
Most Americans don't agree with Pelosi's assessment of Biden, however. A majority said they don't think he should run again in 2024 and have grave concerns about his economic and border security policies, among others.
The CNBC All-America Economic Survey showed that 70% of Americans don't think Biden should run again, but he probably will because there's no one else who looks like they could do better at this point.
Biden's SOTU speech was fairly energetic compared to other speeches by Biden, but it alternated between lying about how great everything is, telling the audience Republicans were evil, and talking about how he wants to spend gobs of more money when inflation is still about three times higher than it should be.
The overarching theme of the speech was that we have to "finish the job"--probably a test run for his 2024 campaign.
“He made progress," Pelosi continued. "He gave us hope. He made it clear we have much more to get done. We did not finish our job. But he really went down the path in a way that demonstrated that he is a president with great judgment. Sometimes that judgment comes with age."
She continued to justify Biden's age, equating it with experience when that is not really a guarantee just because someone is old.
"Experience counts for a lot. I think, tonight, he showed the energy, the empathy, the hopefulness that a presidential candidate would have. I think it was a triumph for him, for the country and certainly for the Democrats. People were so excited about his presentation tonight.”
The reality of the response to Biden's message is that he was repeatedly laughed at and heckled during the speech, such as when he lied that Republicans were going to "sunset" Social Security and Medicare, something current Speaker Kevin McCarthy (D-CA) previously said would not happen.
The heckling was the worst of any SOTU speech in recorded history, and went far beyond when then-Rep. Joe Wilson yelled "You lie!" during a Barack Obama SOTU speech.
Other world leaders looking at the speech had to be thinking that Biden's presidency is a joke, and they are probably right at this point.