On Monday, Joe Biden cut short his long-planned vacation at Camp David to address the American people on the catastrophic situation that was unfolding in Afghanistan. The speech was supposed to explain why the abrupt fall of the nation to the Taliban wasn’t his fault and to assure Americans he had done the only thing he could.
No sooner had his speech ended than he was aboard Marine One heading back to the presidential retreat to pick up on his R&R where he had left off.
But Tuesday evening found him curtailing his vacation a second time. His initial speech had bombed in Peoria and just about everywhere is in the free world, so his advisers thought it best that he return to D.C. to deliver a second speech on Wednesday.
So what did he speak about? Here’s the White House agenda for the day:
Yes, he gave a presser on COVID-19. After all, why focus on a downer when he can easily shift topics to one on which his polling numbers are still above water? So what if thousands of Americans are stranded in Afghanistan, which is now in the hands of the enemy? Why bother with videos of desperate Afghans plunging to their deaths from the wings of U.S. military aircraft that have just taken off?
Naturally, these questions will continue to be asked, and Biden won’t get much help this time around from a pliant media. Watch his interview with ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos on Wednesday’s “World News Tonight.”
When Stephanopoulos says, “We’ve all seen the pictures — we’ve seen those hundreds of people packed into a C-17, we’ve seen Afghans falling,” Biden cuts him off, declaring, “That was four days ago. That was five days ago.”
It wasn’t, but is that how the president tends to reply to his critics — by insisting that horrific videos such as the one of an Afghan stowaway stuck in the wheel well of a jet, his lifeless limbs flailing, happened way in the past? If so, his dementia is far more advanced than anyone has realized.