Which one do you believe?
Why Biden is now routinely taking the short stairs up to Air Force One – NPR
‘He’s a beast’: White House adviser dismisses questions about Biden’s age – Semafor
On to Biden’s beastliness. And not just with women and young girls.
White House infrastructure coordinator Mitch Landrieu dismissed questions about President Joe Biden’s age on Thursday while touting the extensive schedule the president has kept in order to promote the bipartisan infrastructure law.
“For those of you that think the president might be too old or doesn’t have enough energy or whatever it is that you all think,” Landrieu told a group of reporters. “This guy gets up early. He stays up late. We have made trips, if not every week, sometimes twice a week and three times a week. And we have done it over and over again and there’s nothing new here. What’s wonderful about it is how relentless that it is and how many places that we have been.”
“The guy is like, he’s a beast,” Landrieu later added.
A beast, I tell you. a real beast who calls a lid at 10 AM. Unable to cope with his sheer beastliness, his campaign is adapting with lots of naptime.
In a preview of what voters will see more of if Biden wins re-election and serves into his mid-80s, the White House seems to be making concessions to his age. An iconic image of the modern presidency is the chief executive walking up the stairs to a majestic Air Force One, then turning at the doorway and waving. More and more, Biden is forgoing the long staircase for the shorter stairway that takes him up through the plane’s belly.
Biden seems to be preserving his energy in other ways. It’s customary on foreign trips for the president to schmooze with other leaders at dinners once the meetings are over. Less formal and structured than the events preceding them, the dinners offer a chance for leaders to bond, talk through differences or amplify a point. On two recent international trips, Biden has chosen to skip the nighttime socializing.
When he didn’t attend a dinner during the NATO summit in Lithuania earlier this month, aides said he was preparing for meetings and a major speech the next day and noted he’d already been overseas for four days. He was a no-show at a dinner with his counterparts in Bali last fall.
Other age-compensating measures are logistical, and probably familiar to many who’ve reached a certain stage in life: extra-large font on his teleprompter and note cards to remind him of the points he wants to make in meetings.
I’m not sure America can take this much ‘beast’.