The Biden administration unveiled the holiday-themed decorations throughout the White House this week to widespread praise from much of the mainstream media.
As the Washington Free Beacon pointed out, however, one stocking was conspicuously missing from the mantel.
“Hardly the dating type”
Six stockings were hung for President Joe Biden’s grandchildren, but there was no such stocking for his seventh grandchild, who was born out of wedlock.
Hunter Biden reportedly fathered the child, identified as “Baby Doe” in court filings against him, but has apparently had no relationship with her.
The president’s son has reportedly questioned the accuracy of DNA results that found him to be the father, though he reached a confidential settlement with the child’s mother, Lunden Alexis Roberts, to resolve the case.
In a recent memoir, the younger Biden asserted that he did not even remember his relationship with Roberts and dismissed her as “hardly the dating type.”
While the Free Beacon and some other Biden critics have portrayed the absence of the child’s stocking as callous and uncaring, it is important to remember that family dynamics — even the first family — are often more complicated than they might appear.
More bad news for Biden
Of course, it might be a heartwarming story for the Biden family to embrace the child, but it seems clear that Hunter Biden does not have a relationship with his daughter and does not appear to want one.
As the president’s son continues to downplay or ignore the child’s existence, it would make little sense for the White House to hang a stocking for her. After all, filling a stocking with gifts for a child who will never receive them seems kind of pointless.
It is clear that many on the right are eager to use this story to further political talking points, but there are clearly more pressing matters impacting America than a missing Christmas stocking.
As the nation faces runaway inflation, an ongoing border crisis, a new COVID-19 variant, and many more challenges, any stories about the Biden family’s personal life should be addressed with the proper perspective.
In any case, this minor scandal is just the latest unflattering news about an increasingly unpopular president.