(UnitedVoice.com) – Mocking Republican presidents and suggesting they are too incompetent to hold office is a traditional rite of passage for the Liberal media. After George W. Bush won the presidency in 2000, it was regular fodder for the press to mock him and tease that Vice President Dick Cheney was running the government. Two presidents later, it was the same message with a slightly different twist. Due to former President Trump’s alleged incoherency by Democrats, they suggested Vice President Mike Pence should’ve enacted the 25th Amendment to remove him.
That leads us to 2021 and President Biden. Despite obvious lapses in memory and Vice President Kamala Harris taking center stage in foreign affairs, few in the media even hint at incompetence as compared to GOP presidents. Instead, it appears some believe that it’s inevitable that Harris will become president before Biden’s term ends, and they are preparing her for the possibility. It leads one to wonder who’s running the government right now?
Despite Biden’s Experience, VP Harris Takes Center Stage
For decades, Biden touted his knowledge and experience in foreign affairs as one of his greatest assets. It’s one of the reasons that former President Barack Obama chose him as his running mate. Obama’s experience was all domestic as a community activist, former Illinois state senator, and a US Senator for little more than a year before running for president.
Biden has a nearly 50-year history of building relationships with world leaders. He served as the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. That’s why it’s so striking to see that Biden isn’t taking the lead on foreign affairs as the President of the United States. Instead, he’s leaving it to his vice president, who has zero foreign policy experience.
In recent weeks, Harris has spoken with the prime minister of Norway, French President Emanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Is a Transition Already Underway?
World leaders are taking notice. A European ambassador recently said that many see Harris as a “potential president in waiting.” Additionally, the vice president participated not just in calls but also in bilateral meetings with other countries. This is not normal for most vice presidents. Generally, presidents prefer to speak for their administrations.
As President Biden avoids the press, appears to be forgetful at times, and is shying away from foreign affairs, it’s leading at least one conservative to question if a transition isn’t already underway in the early months of the administration. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was unambiguous when he asked whether the transition has already begun.
Why Is the Media Holding Back?
While the White House has announced no such actions, it’s hard not to wonder who’s running the government considering Biden’s recent forgetfulness and Harris’s new lead. In a press conference on Monday, Biden couldn’t remember his defense secretary’s name. Recently, he forgot how to pronounce the name of his nominee for Health and Human Services. He called Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) “Shirley Jackson Lee.”
Perhaps it’s much ado about nothing, but given the media’s behavior under GOP presidents, a fair and unbiased media should at least be asking the questions.
Maybe the woke atmosphere and cancel culture make reporters hesitant to ask if a nearly 80-year-old president is losing a step. However, they didn’t seem afraid to ask questions about Trump, who is only a few years younger than Biden.
The next few years are going to be interesting.
Let’s just leave it at that, for the moment.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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