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ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos tried on Sunday confronting White House press secretary Jen Psaki about the president’s horrific poll numbers on everything, including his “mental sharpness,” but received no substantive replies in response.
The confrontation came hours after ABC News published a stunning poll that found that a 54 percent majority of Americans believe the president lacks the “mental sharpness” to be an effective president.
After years of the establishment media ignoring concerns about current President Joe Biden’s health, it appears they now have no other choice but to talk about it.
And indeed, during his interview with Psaki this Sunday, Stephanopoulos, a former Clinton administration official known for his liberal leanings, confronted her about this and other findings from the poll.
Stephanopoulos specifically wanted to know how these findings will affect the president’s upcoming State of the Union address.
“The president is approaching his state of the union in a pretty difficult political position right now. Thirty-seven percent approval rating, Democrats trailing badly in the midterm polling,” the ABC News host said.
“A majority in our recent poll out this morning even questioned the president’s mental capacity. How is he going to turn that around on Tuesday night? And how much has his state of the union been changed by this war in Ukraine?”
Psaki completely ignored the question about Biden’s mental sharpness. Instead she first zeroed in on the Ukraine question and then delivered a vague, non-substantive overall defense of the president.
“There’s no question that in the state of the union, the American people and many watching around the world will hear the president talk about the efforts he has led over the past couple of months to build a global coalition to fight against the autocracy and the efforts of President Putin to invade a foreign country,” she first said.
FYI, those efforts by Biden have been a complete failure.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 27, 2022
“But what people will also hear from President Biden is his optimism and his belief in the resilience of the American people and the strength of the American people. You know, George, from covering State of the Unions for some time, that it is about delivering a message to the public at a moment in time,” Psaki continued.
“And if you look back when President Obama gave his first State of the Union, it was during the worst financial crisis in a generation. When President Bush gave his first State of the Union, it was shortly after 9/11. Leaders lead during crises. That’s exactly what President Biden is doing. He’ll speak to that, but he’s also going to speak about his optimism about what’s ahead and what we all have to look forward to.”
Not necessarily. Former President Donald Trump’s SOTU addresses were often about celebrating his administration’s accomplishments, warning of tangible threats to the American people and paying tribute to America’s most deserving citizens.
7 moments that shaped a history-changing SOTU night https://t.co/QvdZM2pr7Q
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 5, 2020
During the former president’s final SOTU address, he delivered a warning about the then-just-emerging coronavirus.
“Protecting Americans’ health also means fighting infectious diseases. We’re coordinating with the Chinese government and working closely together on the coronavirus outbreak in China. My administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat,” he said.
The remarks came days after he’d formed the the White House Coronavirus Task Force.
Meanwhile, then-Democrat presidential candidate Biden’s concerns were elsewhere …
Trump further diminished the U.S. in the eyes of the world by expanding his travel ban. This new “African Ban,” is designed to make it harder for black and brown people to immigrate to the United States. It’s a disgrace, and we cannot let him succeed. https://t.co/oePD5eSAWY
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) February 2, 2020
A wall will not stop the coronavirus.
Banning all travel from Europe — or any other part of the world — will not stop it.
This disease could impact every nation and any person on the planet — and we need a plan to combat it.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) March 13, 2020
Interestingly, on the day that Trump delivered his 2020 SOTU address, his average job approval rating was 44.9 percent, according to RealClearPolitics’ records. As of Sunday, on the other hand, Biden’s average job approval rating was 40.8 percent.
Even during the height of the COVID pandemic, Trump’s average approval rating never dropped below 41 percent. Not til the Jan. 6th riot did it take a sudden nosedive south.
Biden’s approval has been steadily declining since the day he took office, and many expect it to continue plummeting so long as he does nothing to stop the endless inflation, stop the illegals crossing the border and stop screwing up overseas.
The ongoing crisis in Ukraine is expected to drop his approval rating even further just as it’d done during the Afghanistan debacle late last year.
While the president’s average approval was 40.8 percent on Sunday, recent polls showed him at 38 percent (ABC News), 38 percent (Harvard-Harris) and even 37 percent (Quinnipiac).
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