NBC News senior political analyst Jonathan Allen finally made a decidedly understated admonition about President Joe Biden that conservatives have been warning others about for some time: the president looks worn down.
Allen said Thursday in his analysis of Biden’s Wednesday press briefing that he looked “tired” at that first press conference of his administration.
While dealing with dozens of journalist is no doubt enough to wear out even the best and the brightest (if you don’t believe me, just ask my boss) the 78-year-old career politician started out behind the eight ball, so to speak, with multiple health complications in addition to his advanced age.
Despite pledging transparency to the media, Biden went 64 days without holding a press conference since entering the White House.
But it’s no wonder the president doesn’t want to face the media. Despite his best efforts to point the blame at former President Donald Trump for the crisis at the border, the current president had to address the problem facing so many states.
While he tried to fend off the personal blame, he told reporters that “I’d like to think it’s because I’m a nice guy but it’s not,” Biden told reporters. “The truth of the matter is, nothing has changed,” of the massive surge of migrants flooding across the United States/Mexico border.
“The reason they’re coming is that it’s the time they can travel with the least likelihood of dying on the way because of the heat in the desert, No 1. No. 2, they’re coming because of the circumstances in their country,” the president added.
Biden’s narrative that there has been no substantial change at the border since he took office was immediately shot down by media and politicians alike.
Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) said in a tweet shortly after the briefing that, “With all due respect, this press conference is hard to watch. The misinformation being given by President Biden on immigration is stunning.
“It’s clear he does not have the situational awareness he needs to understand what is going on at the border or how to fix it,” he added, possibly eluding to the president’s diminished mental capacity. The South Carolina Republican also claimed that while Trump’s policies “created dramatic decreases in illegal immigration,” while Biden’s have “created a virtual human tsunami,” according to the Independent Journal Review.
CBS News reported earlier in the week that the number of migrant children in U.S. custody has passed 15,000, which is a distinct indication that the border crisis is worsening.
“As of Saturday morning, more than 5,000 unaccompanied minors were being held in a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) tent holding facility in south Texas and other stations along the border with Mexico,” CBS reported. “According to the government records, unaccompanied children are spending an average of 136 hours in CBP custody, well beyond the 72-hour limit outlined in U.S. law.”
However, Biden stated that he would “make no apology” for rolling back Trump’s policies which according to the Democrat “were not helping at all.”
“Rolling back the policies of ‘Remain in Mexico,’ sitting on the edge of the Rio Grande in a muddy circumstance with not enough to eat? I make no apologies for that,” Biden said.
“I make no apologies for ending programs that did not exist before Trump became president that have an incredibly negative impact on the law — international law — as well as on human dignity. And so I make no apologies for that.”
The tired and seemingly worn-down Biden said later in the press conference that he does indeed plan to run for a second term in 2024 with Vice President Kamala Harris as his running mate.
“The answer is yes,” the president responded to questions about a possible second term. “My plan is to run for reelection. That’s my expectation.”
“The way I view things, I’ve become a great respecter of fate in my life,” the president said. “I set a goal that’s in front of me to get things done for the people I care most about.”
Should Biden run and win in 2024, at that time he will be 82 years old.