As one of America’s most high-profile propaganda organs for the Democratic Party, The New York Times has dutifully carried water for President Joe Biden but the paper’s new article on the octogenarian leader’s humiliating faceplant in front of graduating Air Force cadets last week was so filled with “slobbering” spin that it bordered on outright parody.
Biden’s tumble from the stage at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs on Thursday was only the latest in a series of physical and misfires of the type that commonly plague the elderly, but coming during a speech that received widespread media coverage and after the 80-year-old career politician announced his intent to run for another term which would make him 86 by the time he left the White House if he wins next year’s election, it was terrible optics, especially considering that his age has been a major area of concern – and not just with Democrats.
But the Times can always be counted on to provide cover and that it did in the shameless piece that took four writers to put together with the team describing the geriatric Biden as “sharp,” “fit” and having “striking stamina” in their article titled “Inside the Complicated Reality of Being America’s Oldest President,” that was published on Sunday.
Even though a jovial Biden later joked that he had been “sandbagged” with the White House’s official story being that he was tripped up by a sandbag left on stage, the pictures were absolutely devastating and projected an image of a weak and feeble leader that likely elicited great guffaws of laughter from the nation’s adversaries in Moscow, Beijing, Tehran, and Pyongyang.
— Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) June 1, 2023
“The two Joe Bidens coexist in the same octogenarian president: Sharp and wise at critical moments, the product of decades of seasoning, able to rise to the occasion even in the dead of night to confront a dangerous world,” the Times writers state. “Yet a little slower, a little softer, a little harder of hearing, a little more tentative in his walk, a little more prone to occasional lapses of memory in ways that feel familiar to anyone who has reached their ninth decade or has a parent who has.”
“Like many his age, Mr. Biden repeats phrases and retells the same story, often fact-challenged stories again and again,” the piece added. “He can be quirky; when children visit, he may randomly pull a book of William Butler Yeats off his desk and start reading Irish poetry to them.”
“At the same time, he is trim and fit, exercises five days a week and does not drink,” they wrote, laying it on thick. “He has at times exhibited striking stamina, such as when he flew to Poland then boarded a nine-hour train ride to make a secret visit to Kyiv, spent hours on the ground, then endured another nine-hour train ride and a flight to Warsaw. A study of his schedule by Mr. Biden’s aides shows that he has traveled slightly more in the first few months of his third year in office than Mr. Obama did in his.”
Reactions from the reality-based world of non-regular readers of the paper reacted predictably, ripping the ridiculous hagiography designed to prop up the aging Biden as a great and noble leader despite ample evidence to the contrary.
“Slobbering,” tweeted Jon Nicosia, former Mediaite managing editor and president of News Cycle Media.
A 4-writer slobbering piece on Biden’s age from @nytimes with gems like: “Yet people who deal with him regularly, including some of his adversaries, say he remains sharp and commanding in private meetings. Diplomats share stories of trips to places like Ukraine, Japan, Egypt,… pic.twitter.com/TW3bkTY0Qn
— Jon Nicosia (@NewsPolitics) June 4, 2023
“Embarrassing,” said conservative communicator Steve Guest, pegging it perfectly.
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) June 4, 2023
Other reactions were even more brutal.
@nytimes I thought you were a newspaper not a Public Relations firm for Joe Biden
— CommonSenseAmerican (@CommonSens19282) June 4, 2023
The New York Times. Our new motto: “Nothing Is So Obvious That It Can’t Be Obscured By Us.”
— Gregory A Granello (@a_granello) June 4, 2023
He’s been a partisan cartoon since he was first elected Senator of DE. He’s always been a joke, a punchline and it’s because he’s a stupid, oafish, racist, nasty partisan Segregationist-loving arse. The “cool, grandpa“ image was created out of whole cloth by the media in 2019.
— Brian Doherty (@BDOH) June 4, 2023
Biden’s condition must be more bleak than we can possibly realize if the NYTimes is framing it like this…
— WokeRuins (@WokeRuins) June 4, 2023
After the first two dozen or so paragraphs, the writers predictably tell their readers that former President Donald J. Trump, Biden’s likely competitor in next year’s election is far worse than the doddering incumbent.
“While in office, Mr. Trump generated concerns about his mental acuity and physical condition. He did not exercise, his diet leaned heavily on cheeseburgers and steak and he officially tipped the scales at 244 pounds, a weight formally deemed obese for his height,” the Times quartet writes.
“After complaining that he was overscheduled with morning meetings, Mr. Trump stopped showing up at the Oval Office until 11 or 11:30 a.m. each day, staying in the residence to watch television, make phone calls or send out incendiary tweets. During an appearance at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he had trouble lifting a glass of water and seemed to have trouble making his way down a modest ramp,” referring to the former president’s navigating of a steep ramp at West Point in 2020 which has been dredged up by regime propagandists even though he didn’t fall on his face.
“Most striking was Mr. Trump’s cognitive performance. He was erratic and tended to ramble; experts found that he had grown less articulate and that his vocabulary had shrunk since his younger days. Aides said privately that Mr. Trump had trouble processing information and distinguishing fact from fiction. His second chief of staff, John F. Kelly, bought a book analyzing Mr. Trump’s psychological health to understand him better, and several cabinet secretaries concerned that he might be mentally unfit discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him,” they write, leaving open what some may be inclined to believe is a legitimate question on why it hasn’t been used on Biden, at least not yet anyway.
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