President Joe Biden set off on his first trip to Europe since taking office this week, with his first stop being the G7 summit in the United Kingdom. But not everyone sees the president’s travel as a sign that things are on the up-and-up.
According to Fox News, host Tucker Carlson was among those concerned that First Lady Jill Biden appears to be doing homework on her husband’s behalf.
“Prepping for the G7”
Such speculation stemmed from a tweet showing Jill Biden seated at the president’s desk on Air Force One along with a caption asserting that she was preparing for the upcoming international summit. The first lady’s official Twitter account published the image showing her in reading glasses with a pen in her hand while apparently reviewing information in a large binder of materials.
Prepping for the G7. pic.twitter.com/drPmb2vBwI
— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) June 9, 2021
A number of the replies echoed Carlson’s take, while others even quibbled with Twitter’s decision to label the first lady’s account as belonging to a “government official,” given the largely ceremonial nature of the unelected role.
For its part, the House GOP account posed a simple and obvious question: “Where’s Joe?”
Carlson dedicated a segment of his show this week to dismantling the photo, beginning with his assertion that the president is not fit for office.
“Dr. Jill’s in charge now”
“You may have wondered, as the world’s biggest industrialized democracies meet this week to discuss imminent global crises, who’s going to represent the United States at this G7 summit,” the Fox host said. “Joe Biden can’t do it obviously. We don’t want to be mean, but you know why he can’t. He just can’t.”
Carlson went on to note that Vice President Kamala Harris “could go, but she’s tied up right now getting yelled at by Guatemalan farmers,” referring to her recent international trip to address the supposed root causes of the current border crisis.
“So who?” Carlson continued, pointing to Jill Biden as the heir apparent.
“She’s got her reading glasses on and a pen in hand,” he said. “You can see her husband’s monogrammed jacket on the chair behind her. She’s sitting at Joe Biden’s own desk on Air Force One. So the point couldn’t be clearer: Dr. Jill’s in charge now.”
Among others who believe the current president lacks the mental acuity to serve in the White House, the photo of his wife harkened back to more than a century ago when First Lady Edith Bolling Galt Wilson effectively served as acting president — in secret — after a stroke left President Woodrow Wilson incapacitated.