[Ed. – We didn’t have all the constant globe-hopping back when Edith Wilson was Acting POTUS. Or the constant media coverage. It was easier to hide Wilson’s failing condition. (He was also still healthy and alert for his reelection campaign in 1916, unlike Biden 104 years later.]
It is being reported that Jill Biden will go to Japan for the opening ceremony on July 23 without her husband, the president. While in Japan, she is holding diplomatic meetings with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and other senior diplomatic officials.
When did Jill Biden begin to assume diplomatic meetings with a major ally on behalf of the United States and her husband’s administration? Why isn’t Joe Biden going? Other than totally botching his own message about pushing through massive infrastructure legislation in Congress, what’s he got going on that he can’t show up? Maybe his staff isn’t allowing him to go so as to avoid fresh opportunities for him to embarrass us overseas, given his performances at the G7 and NATO recently.
According to a report by The Yomiuri Shimbun, Joe Biden sending his wife is a sign of the importance of the relationship between the U.S. and Japan. That’s a nice spin but sending Jill to the first Olympics held since he took office is not a sign of respect.