President Joe Biden has long faced criticism related to his penchant for gaffes and misstatements.
Now, White House staffers are reportedly avoiding his public remarks because they do not want to witness another embarrassing moment.
Mounting concerns within White House
According to the Washington Examiner, one unnamed official explained: “I know people who habitually don’t watch it live for that reason.”
Biden’s behavior in recent years has prompted concern among some critics and allies alike that he is suffering from cognitive decline. U.S. Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX), who previously served as the White House physician, has called for the president to undergo testing to prove he is mentally fit for the job.
Just this week, Biden addressed the prevalence of destructive tornadoes when he offered the confusing claim that “they don’t call them that anymore, as Townhall reported.
Joe Biden doesn’t think that people use the term “tornadoes” anymore. pic.twitter.com/s8hEg2aLqF
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) September 7, 2021
In another recent gaffe, the president vowed to “make sure all of our electricity is zero emissions” by the year 2020.
“The country is being run into the ground”
Biden’s unpredictable behavior is likely a factor in his reticence to engage with reporters and answer unscripted questions. While his advisers might be happier with the optics of the president turning away from reporters than another viral video packed with misspoken words, the practice has angered many Americans.
In the wake of a chaotic U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, Biden remained largely absent from public view instead of providing regular updates to reporters, which left some Americans with the impression that he did not particularly care about the plight of those stranded in the country or the 13 U.S. service members killed in a terrorist explosion.
The president’s public remarks have apparently caused some staffers to dread what he might say next while many voters seem to be taking the matter more seriously.
Not only has Biden’s approval rating dropped significantly in recent weeks, but an increasing number of Americans are skeptical that he will even finish his current term in the White House.
Fox News Channel personality Laura Ingraham echoed the concerns of Biden critics across the nation this week, asserting: “Every day we wake up and realize anew that this missing senior citizen is actually living in the White House as the country is being run into the ground by whoever’s pulling his strings.”