Who’s In Charge?: Confused Biden Gets Lost on Stage

“Which way am I going?” asked President Biden when he ended Thursday’s press conference at the NATO summit in Madrid. He began to exit stage right, before someone redirected him toward stage left. This combination of ignorance and indecision was not new. Throughout his 18 months as president, Biden has been confused, uncertain, sluggish. He behaves as if he is guided by unseen forces. He moves on a course set by hidden captains.

People notice. Every time I speak to a conservative audience, I am asked who is really in charge in the White House. My answer has been that the president is in command. After all, institutions take on the character of their leaders. If all the White House has to offer is excuses, if decisions are made either slowly or randomly, if the communications team and the president and vice president seem to live on different planets, if incompetence and mismanagement appear throughout the government, it is because the chief executive allows it. No conspiracy is required to explain the ineptitude. This is Joe Biden we are talking about.

Lately, though, I have been having second thoughts. Not that Barack Obama or Ron Klain or Dr. Jill are running the show in secret. What I have been wondering, instead, is whether anyone is leading the government at all. There is no power, either overt or covert, in or behind the throne. The throne is empty.

Think of the economy, the border, and Ukraine. From time to time, Biden addresses these issues. He may even answer questions about them. The White House sends out press releases describing its latest initiatives. Vice President Harris or the second gentleman pops up somewhere to talk about all the good she and he are doing.

Yet each of these elements—the president, his staff, his spokesperson, his vice president, his policy—comes across as disconnected, discombobulated, as if each inhabits a separate sphere of activity. Whether because of Biden’s age, or his weekend trips to Delaware, or years of remote work, or lower-level staff turnover, or a painstakingly slow decision-making process, or ideological stubbornness, or a lack of a strategic plan, this administration drifts from crisis to crisis, and from one bad headline to the next. And nothing improves.

The June 29 Reuters/Ipsos poll has Biden’s job approval rating at 38 percent. By far, Americans say the economy, unemployment, and jobs are the most important problems facing the country. What is Biden’s plan? He blames Vladimir Putin and the energy industry for high gas prices. He says it’s the Federal Reserve’s job to reduce inflation. He asks Middle East autocrats to pump more oil rather than easing the burden on domestic fossil fuel production. He wants more spending, more tax hikes, more regulation. Will Congress give him what he wants? Okay, you can stop laughing.

The result: America slouches toward stagflation because the alternative—reducing (non-China) tariffs, suspending “Buy American” provisions, reversing his entire energy policy, dropping his tax plans, committing to spending cuts—is unacceptable to the president.

Earlier this week, authorities found at least 50 dead people in a tractor-trailer on the side of a road in El Paso, Texas. The victims were illegal immigrants who had paid human traffickers to bring them to the United States. This ghastly discovery was a reminder of illegal immigration’s human toll, and of the inadequacy of Biden’s migration policies. One reporter asked White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre for her response to Republican critics. “The fact of the matter is the border is closed,” Jean-Pierre said, “which is in part why you see people trying to make this dangerous journey using smuggling networks.”

Closed? Unauthorized crossings hit another milestone in May, when Border Patrol encountered some 239,000 individuals. At that time, however, authorities could expel illegal migrants under public health regulation Title 42. The status of the Remain in Mexico program was unclear. Biden, of course, wants to end Title 42, and the Supreme Court ruled on June 30 that he has the authority to shut down Remain in Mexico. If you think the border is “closed” now, just wait.

Biden could explain to the nation why it is in our interest to admit as many asylum-seekers as possible, even if a rise in illegal entries and in cross-border human and drug trafficking is the consequence. Or he could admit that his policies are responsible for a humanitarian disaster and withdraw his earlier executive orders. Or he could use whatever political capital he has left to pass an immigration reform bill that combines legal pathways to entry with workplace enforcement. But he won’t do anything. Why? Because he is either satisfied with the situation or simply overwhelmed by it. Neither option is reassuring. And the problem grows worse.

Where Biden is most engaged is Ukraine. He warned against the invasion, rallied NATO against Russia, encouraged Sweden and Finland to join the Western alliance, and committed America to supply Ukraine with aid and weapons. “The generic point is that we’re supplying them with the capacity—and the overwhelming courage they’ve demonstrated—that, in fact, they can continue to resist the Russian aggression,” Biden told reporters Thursday. “And so, I don’t know what—how it’s going to end, but it will not end with a Russian defeat of Ukraine in Ukraine.”

Shouldn’t the leader of the Free World have some idea of how this brutal conflict might end? The war has taken a horrible human toll. Its effects on energy and food markets have been devastating. The goal should be to end the war.

How? Not by giving Putin what he wants. By giving Ukraine what it needs to push Russia back to the pre-war line of control. A Russia on defense is more likely to sue for peace.

Biden makes this prospect more difficult by limiting the systems we provide to Ukraine, by dribbling them out over time, and by insisting that we won’t provide Ukraine with weapons that could strike targets inside Russia. From the start of the war, Biden has been more interested in signaling to Russia what he won’t do than in causing Putin to fear what he might do. His self-constraint extends the fighting rather than shortens it and provides Russia the space for its slow roll through eastern and southern Ukraine. The war has become another disaster that Biden allows to play out in the background, in between bike rides and scoops of ice cream from Starkey’s.

American aid to Ukraine is just and necessary. Since 1947, the policy of the United States has been to “support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures.” But Biden won’t be able to sustain the domestic support for American involvement in a years-long war of attrition. He needs to match his actions with his words and drop his inhibitions on the aid we provide the Ukrainians. And he could do so while launching a peace initiative, thereby restoring coercive diplomacy as a tool of American foreign policy.

Coulda, woulda, shoulda. Decisive leadership is not Joe Biden’s calling card. And so, the crises continue to mount. And Americans are left with feelings of aimlessness and fear.

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  1. I’d like to know, why the election can not be overturned? Everybody knows the election was rigged; Donald Trump should be the president! I cant believe brandon was elected; even simply on the basis of campaign crowds. Trump could fill any stadium in America, and with SRO. brandon couldn’t fill a parking lot. And he got 81,000,000 votes? Where’s the legal system? Where’s the justice? Where’s common sense? Something needs to be done, and soon!

  2. You are talking about a clown that can’t find his way from the bathroom without a guide going with him. In fact I’m betting he cant find his was OUT of the bathroom. 10 bucks says he cant order lunch without help. ,,,, and just think, if they get him into a nursing home we get kamshaft. We have a real tough 29 months and days ahead. God help us, because nobody else can.

  3. God bless America. The laziness of my fellow conservatives is appalling. “Why can’t the election be overturned?” Read the Constitution and show me where it establishes a process for doing so.

    Secondly, Biden is a bozo. Whether it is dementia or just an 80 year old man who tires quickly does not matter. However, the undertone of this –and many other conservative commentary — is the worship of an imperial president. Not exactly the sort of thing we are celebrating today on the Fourth

    Lastly, supporting Ukraine is necessary and dicey. Will Joe give then all our weapons and leave our military stripped of the ability to carry out its mission? and what the heck is a “peace initiative?” Putin will not stop til he gets territorial concessions and is Joe willing to do that? or he is overthrown.

    P.s. Like that nickname: kamshaft. It’s a name! a verb! a real person! OMG

    • Are you a true Conservative, or a woke Conservative? What is the definition of an Imperial President?
      Do you personally know an Imperial President? How many presidents have donated their earnings (-$1) to another organization? Do you know anyone who DOES NOT like to be appreciated for making everyone else’s life better? Are you financially stable enough to survive an economic downturn or recession? Can you please explain your comments so that they actually make sense? I hate to have so many questions after I read something. And no, I am not stupid. I AM A PROUD MEXICAN AND A VERY PROUD U.S. CITIZEN BY CHOICE.

  4. What O’Biden is currently doing to our country is in fact what Barrack Hussein Obama tried to do in his 8yr term, which he stole his second term in 2012.

    How did Obama manage to win his second term where he lost majority control of both the House and Senate in congress?! More over, during Obama’s failed presidency the democrats lost over 1,034 political seats, which was the largest amount by either party in U.S history?!

    Just remember back all the horrible things that happened under Obama’s administration. I know the ignorant Democratic Party likes to treat Obama like he was an accomplished presidency, but he was a complete failure.

    Just remember, everything that the O’Biden administration and the democratic communist party is doing, such as, attacks on our 1st & 2nd amendments, open borders, ridiculous high gas prices, groceries, interest rates…etc, cashless bail, defunding & attacking police, looting/riots, death of 13 soldiers, droning 11 small children, leaving Americans and allies behind, leaving 86 billion dollars of military weapons to terrorists . All of this on purpose by what Biden referred to as THE TRANSITION TO THE NEW LIBERAL ORDER?!!!!!!!!

  5. This can’t be allowed to go on for 2 1/2 more years. This Demented Product of Assholism is a major threat to our National Security. Congress needs to get off their arsenals and Impeach this Idiot. Don’t force the American people to remove him.

  6. This is TREASON to let him play president. Lot of heads need to hanged for this. This is dangerous territory that should NEVER be tested.

  7. He has aserious mental problem, I would never let my husband be made a fool of like Jill is doing, wanting tet power has over taken her or she just doesn’t love and care for him the way she should. He is not capable of running our great country and we the people are feeling the pain of his stupid EO’s. We need him removed from office after November election then after January so we do not get VP Kackles and nasty Nancy


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