Biden ‘in denial phase’ as details of another troubling gaffe surface: report

Anger could be on the horizon for President Joe Biden as a report of another gaffe included an insider’s suggestion on where the executive landed on the five stages of grief.

For an administration as heavily orchestrated as that of the routinely vacationing 81-year-old, arguably little has changed since his debate disaster. There has, however, been a shift in how those around him were reacting to Biden’s long-undeniable behaviors including candid commentary filtering back to corporate media.

Saturday, such an example was presented by the Washington Post as the newspaper detailed one reaction to an alleged private conversation on or about Independence Day. “One person who spoke to him over the Fourth of July holiday said, ‘I think he is focused on recovering, but I personally think he’s still in the denial phase of grief.'”

The piece contained a subheading that read, “The inside story of the Biden team’s failure over nine days to contain the crisis from his debate with Trump,” and included an anecdote of the president’s less than confidence-instilling pitch to wealthy donors on Long Island where he was said to have bungled which nation he had visited to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

“Something had been unlocked, the unspoken spoken. Everything was now under a microscope,” detailed the Post referencing the debate. “At a $100 million East Hampton mansion two days later, Biden described a French cemetery at Normandy as Italian. Donors were stunned he spoke so briefly — about six minutes — and left without taking questions.”

Among attendees at the event, some were said to have requested refunds, as had others on a call with the campaign amid concerns that their contributions would end up supporting a potential White House bid from Vice President Kamala Harris should Biden step, or be forced, aside.

Of course, as talking heads behaved as though the all too common slip-ups from the president were a new development, it was worth reminding how similar mental stumbles had been passed off as being of little concern or even the result of a stutter.

Earlier this year, Biden had attempted to dispel concerns about special counsel Robert Hur holding off on recommending charges against him for alleged mishandling of classified documents due to his being a “sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,” and wound up adding to the issue when he’d made his third foreign policy flub in a week’s time.

“As you know, initially, the president of Mexico, Sisi, did not want to open up the gate to allow humanitarian material to get in,” said Biden referring to Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi as the leader of Mexico.

Meanwhile, first lady Jill Biden appeared to have already reached the anger stage as it was reported that she was “lashing out” at fellow Democrats for issuing calls for her husband to end his candidacy.

In response to ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos saying, “The president is talking to a lot of people but he appears to be listening to a very tight circle,” Martha Raddatz had responded, “A very tight circle and administration officials I have spoken to said that very tight inner circle is telling them he can win, that he needs to keep going. This of course includes his wife Jill who they said is lashing out at those who want him to get out of the race…”

Kevin Haggerty

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