Commentary: Joe Biden’s feelings are hurt, and he’s lashing out

Biden is nearly 80. His party controls all of Washington's apparati. His shortcomings are solely his fault.

President Joe Biden meets with agency Inspectors General, Friday, April 29, 2022, in the State Dining Room of the White House. (White House/Flickr)

Last week, we learned that President Joe Biden is irked at his staff because the country has a negative view of his administration. Many presidents have a knack for not taking responsibility for shortcomings, but you don’t need to be a political junkie to realize Biden may want to find a mirror.

Whether undisciplined, obstinate or beholden to radicals, his recent traits are not commendable.

If Biden is angry that his underlings must clean up his messes or cannot present a coherent message, how is that not his fault? Where does the buck stop?

The cantankerous man is a lifelong politician, after all, and an inconsistent one, who regularly caves to hard left bullies.

Remember, Biden once was pro-life, tough on crime, and four decades ago, even voted for similar tax cuts to those he now decries.

It would be nice for him to triangulate toward where most of America is; instead, he expresses indignation toward regular people and whines.

A well-connected Republican told me Biden’s misstatements mattered little when he was a Delaware senator, but now as commander-in-chief, being a blowhard has consequences.

“Overall, or overwhelmingly, the policies of this administration are so bad that their results and appearances are beginning to look so useless to the average person that even dumb people can tell that there’s something wrong, and the left wing media is probably beginning to realize that it makes no sense for them to promote an administration that can’t shoot straight,” the Pennsylvanian, who’s almost Biden’s age and has followed his career, explained.

This president has a disingenuous chief of staff, an inept Cabinet, and a lunatic press secretary, but even they cannot be totally faulted.

Biden is loquacious to the extreme, yet despite that, he’s uttered few memorable lines in a half-century of public life — other than plagiarizing British politicians, which quickly concluded his first presidential run a generation ago. (His second failure came 20 years later when he could not even secure 1% support in Iowa.)

His 2020 campaign was headed for the toilet after porous placements in Iowa and New Hampshire, until black voters and the establishment rallied to help him stop a crazed socialist from becoming the party’s nominee. Then COVID-19 allowed him to campaign awkwardly from his basement and eventually sneak into the Oval Office.

He’s no talisman, and there has been no “return to normalcy.”

Unsuccessful presidents are indecisive, uninspiring, and unpersuasive. Jimmy Carter alienated domestic and international allies; George H.W. Bush often seemed inarticulate when not on script; Bill Clinton was vainglorious and insecure; and Barack Obama was a devout ideologue who scoffed at bipartisanship.

Biden is nearly 80. His party controls all of Washington’s apparati. His shortcomings are solely his fault.

Before jetting off to his latest weekend on the Atlantic shore, the president gave an unnecessary speech, appealing to simple-minded Americans.

It included a futile laundry list of “do something” platitudes and hyperbole, with every “common sense” cliché possible, while inappropriately rehashing mass murders for a partisan political agenda. It was dishonest, infelicitous, will not save lives, and won’t be remembered.

Thankfully, a simultaneous speech at the Reagan Library by a Republican senator explained the White House’s “woeful disconnect” and choice of decline, but also reminded listeners of America’s greatness and potential solutions.

It indeed is a time for choosing, and Americans are choosing to tune Biden out.