Wednesday must have been a rather slow day at the office of the president, or at least that was what was inferred during White House press secretary Jen Psaki’s daily news briefing. Someone had made a note of the fact that Biden had no public events scheduled for the day, seemingly implying that Biden wasn’t all that busy.
Psaki, eager to defend her leader against any and all naysayers, was quick to point out that Biden had a “number of meetings with policy teams” and such that day, as well as say that most of his “behind the scenes” days were similarly filled.
And this may, in fact, be true. But as usual, Psaki has a habit of taking things a bit too far and exaggerating or even lying, which is exactly what she did next.
She claimed, “If he were standing here today… he would say we never give him any free time or any time to think. And that’s probably true.”
Only it’s not.
If you haven’t seen or heard, Biden has spent an inordinate amount of time on what could only be called vacation over the last year in the Oval Office. So much so, in fact, that even the stalwartly liberal CNN has made sure to comment on it from time to time.
In October, for example, the outlet pointed out that Biden had spent a whopping 95 days out of Washington and the White House so far in his tenure, with most of the days being at or in route to one of his two Delaware homes, one in Wilmington and the other on Rehoboth Beach. They even mentioned that in comparison to his predecessors, “this is the most time a president has spent away from the White House on personal travel at this point in the presidency in recent history.”
Just to make things clear, 95 days is more than a quarter of the time Biden has spent under the title he currently holds.
Now, that would be saying something no matter what kind of year it has been, even a more “normal” one. But as you well know, this year has been anything but normal.
For starters, there is inflation that seems only content to rise more. There is a supply chain crisis continuing, wildfires that nearly destroyed a large portion of the West, and, of course, immigration problems pouring out of our southern borders.
And don’t even get me started on the tensions we are facing from various foreign countries such as China and Russia, which, of course, are only made more fragile by Biden’s poorly executed and handled withdrawal from Afghanistan. But then, there is COVID, the lockdowns, the mandates, and the health-related policies that are ever-changing.
Schools are in disarray over things like CRT and vaccines. States are up in arms over election processes integrity laws. And, of course, there are the ever-rising crime rates in Democratic-run cities and states, which have undoubtedly been heavily influenced by the lack of police support and funding.
You’d think all of this would ensure that our president and commander in chief was on high alert and ever ready to step into the role that we desperately need him to fulfill. And yet, it seems at every chance, he’s running from that responsibility.
I mean, on the day that Kabul fell, a day he had to know was coming, he was not to be found in the Oval Office, planning for every available outcome. No, in fact, he wasn’t even in Washington. Instead, he was vacationing, yet again.
And as CNN made a note of, nearly every weekend is spent away from Washington. CBS News correspondent for the White House, Mark Knoller, just remarked on Biden’s longest vacation yet, an eight-day trip to Delaware, where he split the time between both of his homes there.
But according to Psaki, he never gets any free time or days off, or even time to think for himself.
Yeah, right. I think we all know that’s not exactly true at this point.