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Resign, Biden

It is difficult, perhaps impossible, to describe how bad President Joe Biden is at his job. Comparisons to former President Jimmy Carter are frequent, but have now become commonplace. Perhaps a more apt (and grim) analogy is ex-president James Buchanan, of the century , from the height of the civil wars, touted by historians as the worst president of all time.

Indeed, defining exactly the sheer horror that is the presidential swan song of this almost octogenarian would be a Herculean task, better suited to a David McCullough-style biography than for a column. But, despite such difficulty, let’s look at some recent examples.

At the end of March, in a speech in Warsaw, Biden departed from the script and announced that Russian boss Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in the power.”

There is a sordid history related to this type of interference when it comes to US foreign policy: this week, former US security adviser John Bolton admitted live to Jake Tapper, from CNN, that he “helped plan coups d’état.”

Biden, in Poland, has explicitly called for regime change against the country’s longtime leader who is rich in nuclear weapons. As writer David P. Goldman immediately pointed out, several generations of Cold War-era US presidents knew they could never so explicitly provoke the Kremlin. The White House immediately tried to back down and downplay Biden’s statement.

In May, for the third time in less than a year, the White House also had to try to fix a Biden statement about the US willingness to go to war to defend Taiwan against a possible — perhaps imminent — invasion by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.

During a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida , Biden was asked point-blank if Uncle Sam would defend Taipei if Beijing invaded. Biden replied “yes” — undoing the pledge the US signed into the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, according to which the US is only obligated to provide Taipei with prophylactic defensive capabilities, not to defend it in the event of an invasion.

The White House tried to back down with a new statement, but the damage was done. Biden had already made similar comments last year. Turns out the saying about not being able to teach an old dog new tricks is true.

Last week, Biden landed in Israel for the first trip of his presidency to the Middle East. Upon landing at Ben Gurion Airport, he got off Air Force One and quickly asked his aides, “What am I doing now?” Shortly afterward, Biden stumbled across a microphone and uttered his desire to “keep alive the truth and honor of the Holocaust.”

The following day, during a joint press conference with the Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid, Biden alluded to a “list” of pre-approved — and presumably friendly — reporters his team had prepared for him beforehand. This was less than a week after an awkward situation in Washington, when Biden read a teleprompter, Ron Burgundy-style: “end of quote, repeat line”.

These are not mere “ gaffes”, the sort of thing you can laugh at. They are horrible distortions with harrowing diplomatic and geopolitical implications at best and indications of a visible senility.

There is clearly something very wrong with the president of the United States. Even the New York Times, which for Biden’s ex-boss — Barack Obama — functioned as the Party’s Pravda (Soviet Union newspaper). Democrat, published a recent article titled “At 79 Years Old, Biden Is Testing the Limits of Age and the Presidency.” Just three days later, Michelle Goldberg, a trusted progressive columnist for NYT, titled his own column: “Joe Biden is too old to be president again.”

The Delaware flop currently has an average approval rate. 79, 7% in the much-cited RealClearPolitics. This number is historically low in opinion polls. Perhaps this abysmal statistic is partially explained by another historical figure: the 9.1% annual increase in consumer price index inflation last month, the highest in forty years.

And inflation is hitting popular foods hard: eggs have increased 33, 1% in one year, butter 26,3% and chicken 18,6%. National average gasoline prices are also on the rise. Joe Biden, the former “working man” from Scranton, Pennsylvania, has allowed this catastrophic inflation, disproportionately hurting the very low- and middle-income voters his political party says it cares about.

A by this time, with even the Times turning against him, Biden will not be the Democratic presidential nominee in 2024. The only relevant question is whether he should resign now. He should. Because as dangerous as Kamala Harris can be as president, she would be at least a little less likely to let her tongue take us into World War III.

Josh Hammer is a columnist for the Daily Signal, opinion editor for Newsweek and a researcher for the Edmund Burke Foundation. He is also an attorney and policy advisor for the Internet Accountability Project and a contributing editor to Anchoring Truths.

©1979 The Daily Signal. Published with permission. Original in English.

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