With Hurricane Ida hitting the coast of Louisiana as I type this, Joe Biden made an appearance at FEMA in Washington, D.C., today. To the extent that he was able to remain awake, it was an impressive showing. Though, he did slow down quite a bit toward the end of his remarks (as you’ll see in the video).
Yet, it’s what happened after he finished speaking that has people talking. Prior to walking off, Biden claimed that he wasn’t “supposed” to take questions, which is a weird tick he constantly demonstrates whenever he finds himself in front of the press. Who exactly is telling him when he can and can’t interact with the press?
Regardless, he did decide to take an inquiry from one reporter. But when it wasn’t the question he wanted, Joe Biden’s patented anger and dismissiveness made an appearance, as he ended questioning and walked off.
Behold, the empathizer-in-chief.
Biden calls on a reporter following remarks about #HurricaneIda and the reporter asks him about his disaster in Afghanistan.
Biden immediately states he doesn't want to talk about Afghanistan and walks away. 13 U.S. troops were killed after a chaotic situation Biden caused. pic.twitter.com/mmNPlpciLZ
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) August 29, 2021
Chocolate, chocolate chip.
Don’t you just feel the warmth and care emanating from the president as he snaps at a reporter when asked about Afghanistan, the current disaster area where 13 American soldiers were just murdered by terrorists?
The truth is, this is who Biden really is. It’s who he’s always been. The myth that he possesses great empathy is a media creation meant to parlay his personal loss into political gain. When faced with tough questions, even on highly sensitive topics, Biden often responds with anger, contempt, and sarcasm. Anyone would be forgiven for wondering whether the president cares at all.
Here’s the thing. A president has certain responsibilities. One of those is being an adult and taking questions when it involves the deaths of Americans. Walking away from that is incredibly offensive and cold. It’s something Donald Trump, often chided for his supposed lack of empathy, never would have done. Rather, the former president would have stood there and taken an hour’s worth of questions. Why? Because that’s the job you sign up for when you run to be the Commander in Chief.
Biden’s inability to handle the basic duties of his office has become legendary at this point. Given that, it’s hardly a surprise he once again lacked the temperament to handle the spotlight. That’s not an excuse, though. If the president can’t handle basic questions about his failures, especially after Americans have died due to his decisions, he should go ahead and do us all a favor — resign.