I’m well aware that presidents need to flit around the world and meet with other world leaders. It’s just part of the job description. I’m also painfully aware that when the people who are your constituents don’t list much world happenings other than the war in Ukraine as something that’s on their mind, but are much more concerned about things like illegal immigration, inflation, gasoline prices, supply chain shortages, crime in the streets, and the like, you need to deal with that.
Joe Biden just doesn’t get it.
Biden left last week for a tour of Korea, and Japan. He’s hoping to send a message to both China and North Korea that they are still on his radar. Meanwhile, his approval rating has hit new historic lows, and he hasn’t been able to come up with one solution to any of the problems mentioned above. All he can do is blame Vladimir Putin for high gasoline prices, which is absurd, and pass the buck when it comes to everything else. Talk about a losing proposition!
To add more fuel to the fire, his chief gatekeeper to the media has left. Jen “Circle Back” Psaki, flew the coop for the greener pastures of MSNBC, where she won’t have to work 24/7. In her stead, Biden elevated Karine Jean-Pierre, who in her first week hasn’t impressed anyone with her handling of the press. All she has shown is that she is a very poor reader and an even worse communicator.
So, Biden has done something that his former boss, Bobo Obama also did. Back in his presidency, he took Jen Psaki from the State Department and brought her into the White House. Psaki had done a fairly decent job working with Hillary Clinton, and learned the ropes on Pennsylvania Avenue. So, Biden said, why not try it again? He tapped Pentagon spokesman John Kirby to come to the White House to help shore up a fledgling and faltering communications team, now led by Jean-Pierre.
I find it amazing that the guy that couldn’t leave a 30 miles circle to campaign from when he was running for president just two years ago, would jet off to the farthest corners of the world just so he wouldn’t have to deal with the onslaught of the problems he’s created here at home. And you can add to that the lifting of Title 42, which was set to expire on Monday (at the time of this writing).
No, Joe hasn’t impressed a lot of people. I’m sure that when and if Congress flips to the Republicans this fall, Joe will find a way to blame someone other than himself for the total lack of confidence in his government. The only problem is, running to the other side of the world isn’t going to help. He still has to come home!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!