Arguably, a president could be forgiven for forgetting that a congresswoman, one of quite a few, was not going to be in attendance because she’s dead. There’s a lot of House members, a lot of legislators and politically connected folks to keep track of in the D.C. bubble and states beyond. Being president means having to name and greet donors, politicians, lobbyists, aides and business leaders numbering in the thousands.
And that’s a modest estimate.
Clinton’s ability to remember everyone’s name and make it seem like he knew all about them was an asset. Bush II used to give everyone nicknames to keep track of them.
What’s really telling about Biden’s “Where’ Jackie” moment isn’t that he forgot that Rep. Jackie Walorski is dead. Or that she died fairly recently.
What is telling is that the Biden administration has gone into defense mode, spinning obvious lies to pretend that we didn’t hear what we heard.
There’s not much in the way of a mystery about Biden. Trump has had multiple books written about him. There isn’t enough there about Biden to fill even half a book. But there is one mystery which is how out of it is he. Biden’s version of Trump’s chaos and madman theory is to keep people guessing how senile he really is. His functioning can vary quite a bit. Republicans tend to underestimate his functionality while Democrats overestimate it. The truth is between him, his wife and his doctors. But the bottom line is that he’s not fit to hold office. And yet he and his handlers are determined to run for another term. No matter how implausible that may seem.
Like a Golden Age Hollywood star with a drinking problem, there are layers of staffers and lies to deny the obvious. “No, he’s not drunk, he just hurt his leg.” “No, he’s not throwing up in that potted plant, he’s just sniffing some flowers.” But at some point the lies communicate just how bad the situation is and how much worse the cover-up is.
The question isn’t where’s Jackie, it’s where’s Joe?