Biden is betting that most Americans will blow off Hunter Biden probes

Call it wishful thinking or an attempt at a Jedi Mind Trick, but President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that he’s not worried about the House Republicans’ investigation into his hot mess of a son, Hunter, and his brother James’s shady foreign business deals tarnishing his presidency because Americans just aren’t interested in his family’s potentially criminal activities.

“The public’s not going to pay attention to that,” the president told PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff in a post-State of the Union Address interview. “They want these guys to do something.”

“If the only thing they can do is make up things about my family,” Biden said. “It’s not going to go very far.”

And, naturally, Woodruff didn’t bring up the many whistleblowers who have come forward or the pledge in January from House Oversight Committee chair Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) that Joe Biden will also be investigated for potential wrongdoing.

And that was pretty much Woodruff’s approach to the entire interview.

When asking Biden about the discovery of classified documents in his possession from his time as vice president, Woodruff set him up as gently as she possibly could.

“It’s clear there’s a difference between the way you’ve handled this and former President Trump,” she began. “You’ve cooperated with the archives, with the FBI. But I want to ask you about quickly about what you said last September. You said just possessing classified documents is, you said, ‘totally irresponsible.’ So what was totally irresponsible about the fact that you had some?”

“They’ve informed me not to speak to this issue, to anyway try to prejudice the investigation that’s going on,” he answered.

The president stressed in a subsequent word salad that he “invited” the investigators to go through the documents.

“But what I was talking about was what was laid out. All these documents were a top-secret, code word and all the rest,” he said. “And I’m not at liberty and I’m not even sure, I made voluntarily — no one’s had to threaten to do anything — voluntarily opened every single aperture I have in the house, offices, everything, for them to come and look and spend hours searching my home. Invited them. Nobody.”

Eventually, he got back around to the point he apparently wanted to make.

“And so, in the best of my knowledge, the kinds of things they picked up were things that from 1974 and stray papers,” he said. “There may be something else, I don’t know.”

What he did know for sure was that his movers did a bad job.

“But one of the things that happened is that what was not done well is as they packed up my offices to move them, they didn’t do the kind of job that should have been done to go thoroughly through every single piece of literature that’s there,” he said, throwing his helpers under a bus. “But, I’ll just let the investigation, you know, decide what’s going on, and we’ll see what happens.”

Woodruff moved on, careful not to confuse the president with a follow-up.

When the host asked him why there is a “disconnect” between Biden’s view of the state of the nation and the American people — noting that “64% of Americans think the economy is in bad shape” and “71% think the country’s on the wrong track” — Biden simply said, “the polls don’t matter anymore.”

And while the president did discuss Ukraine (“It’s a firm commitment”), and China (“You know, there were several of these balloons that during the last administration, they didn’t even know they were there”), he seemed more interested in blaming former President Donald Trump for the divisive political landscape.

“It’s gotten too mean,” Biden said of politics. “It’s gotten too, too personal and too divisive. And I think one of the things — the message they sent this last election was ‘come on, work together, get something done for us.'”

“There was a deliberate effort by the last guy to play on people’s fears and to appeal to base instincts,” he said.

While Biden still hasn’t announced a decision to run again in 2024, when asked if he was concerned about his advancing age, Biden replied, “Watch me.”

“Look, I’m a great respecter of fate. I would be completely, thoroughly honest with the American people if I thought there was any health problem, anything that would keep me from being able to do the job,” Biden said. “And, so we’ll see. But, you know, I just — I think people have to just watch me.”

You can watch the full interview with President Biden here:

(Video: YouTube)


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