President Biden appears to have quietly ended the decades-long tradition of taking calls from children on Christmas Eve to track Santa Claus, following a mishap last year in which a prankster told him, “Let’s Go Brandon.”
Without any explanation, Biden’s handlers appeared to delegate the role to his wife Jill Biden, the Daily Mail reported.
Biden cancels Christmas tradition
President Biden enjoyed an Italian dinner at the White House, where he attended a private Mass, but there was no indication he took phone calls from kids this year, as presidents have done since Biden was a teenager in the Eisenhower era.
Jill Biden, who is often seen guiding her doddering husband around in public, appeared to take over the role, according to an image she shared on Twitter.
“It’s almost time to set out the cookies and get the reindeers’ carrots ready — NORAD Command just said Santa is on his way to your neighborhood!” the tweet read.
It comes a month after Biden caused an awkward silence while phoning into the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, and a year after Biden unwittingly said he agreed with a dad who said, “Let’s Go Brandon” during a Christmas Eve phone call.
Aging president shielded from exposure
MAGA firebrand Lauren Boebert (R-CO) joked that Biden, who is often shielded from engaging with the media, is so fearful of exposure that he can’t talk to children.
“Pretty funny how Joe Biden refused to do the NORAD tracker calls with kids this year after his ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ mishap last year. He’s not only scared to talk to the press, but he’s also scared to talk to five-year-olds,” she tweeted.
However, the first couple did share a proof-of-life photo that showed Biden hanging Christmas decorations.
“Just a few finishing touches! Hope you and your loved ones are having a great Christmas Eve,” the tweet read.
Hiding the obvious
Biden was also pictured joining his wife to talk to American soldiers overseas on speakerphone.
Biden became the oldest president in American history last month, turning 80. His frequent “gaffes” have raised public concern, including an incident in which he called out for a deceased lawmaker.
He does have the advantage of a solicitous media that has largely chosen to look the other way on his obvious health challenges, but he remains a deeply unpopular president.
A recent poll found that 70 percent of voters don’t want Biden to run for president, with many, including Democrats, citing age as the reason.