‘Obama bros’ pile on Biden

President Joe Biden’s attempt to mitigate the damage from his debate disaster in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos didn’t impress a trio of former aides to Barack Obama.

The geriatric leader’s sit-down with the longtime Clinton toady that aired on Friday has drawn mixed reviews with Biden loyalists insisting that the 81-year-old smacked it out of the ballpark while others observed it as just another dumpster fire. You can count the “Obama bros” in with the latter group.

On the latest edition of the “Pod Save America” podcast, hosts Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor savagely critiqued the struggling senior citizen’s interview with Stephanopoulos in which the embattled octogenarian defiantly rejected calls to drop his reelection bid by saying that only the “Lord Almighty” could convince him to consider it.

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“I thought it was bad, and, at times, very hard to watch,” said Vietor. “In fairness to Biden, I don’t think that interview could have solved the political problem that stemmed from the debate,” adding that it only made him “more concerned” about Biden who “struggled to speak in a clear, coherent way.”

Vietor also suggested that Biden missed a chance to offer a convincing agenda that would be persuasive to get the support of swing voters and that the excuses for the nationally televised debate faceplant including his having a cold and suffering from jet lag don’t sufficiently acknowledge “how bad the debate was.”

“The debate was just a bad night. We all saw it,” Lovett said. “The explanations are kind of vague… That doesn’t do enough to assuage our concerns about what we saw that night. Right? So, the explanations don’t offer anything.”

“If you’re going to raise the stakes on one interview, it can’t be another example of you being hard to understand, not because he’s soft, not because he’s mumbling, but because his train of thought doesn’t make sense,” he added. “The stakes are incredibly high. Trump is an incredible threat, but either he will prosecute that case, or someone else will, and right now, we get neither.”

Favreau graded Biden’s interview performance as “more coherent than the debate,” but said that he’s “worried” about the lack of message and urgency that may not be enough to make up for the debate catastrophe, pointing to polling that shows former President Donald J. Trump beating the incumbent in key swing states.

“What are you going to do to win over voters who are undecided between Biden and Trump when you have that message with George Stephanopoulos?” Favreau asked.

Later in the discussion, Vietor opined that it “seems like a clear-cut choice that we’d have a better chance with someone else,” joining those who want to pack Biden off to the nursing home.

“That George Stephanopoulos interview was painful to watch,” Lovett stated. “It was a terrible interview. He did a terrible job articulating why he’s in the race, what happened at the debate, and why he’s the person to beat Trump. He’s doing a terrible job.”

While harsh, the trio’s interview review was far nicer than what they had to say about the CNN debate on a previous episode of the podcast.

“I think it was a f**king disaster. I think it was maybe the worst debate I’ve ever seen in my entire life,” Favreau said, serving up his take without any sugarcoating.

Chris Donaldson

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