When you think of the presidency, you think of long days and weekends that are often busy with the affairs of the state. If you remember, President Trump swung a huge manufacturing deal on a holiday. So, you might believe that Joe Biden has the same type of hectic schedule, but you would be dead wrong. He has limited his days to six hours a day, five days a week. Of course, with his frequent vacations, he is averaging less than 30 hours a week.
A stockboy at Walmart puts in more hours than that and probably does a much better job than Biden. At least he is not destroying the economy or selling Walmart out to China.
“It’s difficult, in the morning, in the evening, or on weekends.”
“The vast majority of Biden’s public events happen on weekdays, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.”
Former press secretary, Jen Psaki says that Biden does nothing at nine AM because he is a night owl, but Kevin Liptak reported for CNN during Biden’s first month in office that, unlike the presidents who came before him, he goes to bed early. Biden’s age and physical condition is a major handicap and what is he going to do when there is a major crisis say in Sudan? Simple of course, he just abandons 16,000 Americans so he can get some extra sleep. Leaving Americans abandoned in a country full of terrorists is something Biden is good at. Just look at Afghanistan and now, Sudan.
White House officials usually say that they are surprised at Biden’s stamina, but they always add “for his age.” What happens when Biden is rousted out in front of the public earlier than usual? Let’s flash back to the brief banking crisis from March of this year when he had to calm the nation’s nerves at 9 a.m..
Stephen Green wrote at the time:
“Watching him operate that door wasn’t easy. Neither was watching his dull-eyed, uninflected reading off of the teleprompter.”
Today I’d add that the White House had all weekend and half of Monday morning to get Biden prepped for that brief appearance. Physically, Biden might have decent stamina “for his age,” but it’s obvious that two years as POTUS have taken their toll on a man who was too senescent to run a real campaign the first time around.
Maybe that’s why Axios buried this analytical gem a third of the way down today’s report:
The White House rarely puts Biden in improvisational settings — or in front of hostile questions from reporters. So it’s tough for anyone outside his tight bubble to truly appraise the reality of Biden being the oldest president in U.S. history.
Nah, I think we’ve got it appraised just fine: Grandpa Joe is more or less OK during limited hours, provided everything is scripted for him, there are no surprises or challenges, and he gets to spend the weekends resting up. There are exceptions, like his recent “surprise” visit to war-torn Kyiv, but those are few and far between.
I’d just remind you that this is as good as it gets for Presidentish Biden. Aging hits all of us lucky enough to live long enough, and its effects only further diminish us with time. Biden is good for maybe six hours, five days a week in the third year of his first time. What might the first year of his (God forbid) second term be like?
While I wonder who picks up the 3 a.m. phone call, I don’t actually want to know the answer.