The forty-sixth president was seemingly enjoying a sunny, breezy day at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. Wearing the blue Air Force hat, staring blankly at the graduates as they came up to receive their diploma, President Joe Biden looked as though he was overcome by a random though, he pivoted on stage, and went to jog to the other side of the stage, and before he could reach his destination, the forty-sixth president was down on the floor.
More troublingly, Biden couldn’t stand up again. He needed the help of two Secret Service agents and an Air Force officer.
As cameras zoomed in to get a better angle on the fallen president—who was clearly confused and panicked as he could not stand up quickly from the fall—many of the Air Force graduates leaving the stage with their diplomas in hand were smirking.
America’s great-grandfather had fallen. He was spastically trying to stand.
The World Sharpens Its Knives
All as the world watched. Right after, in another part of the country, his secretary of state, Antony Blinken, had mocked the Russians for being the “second best army in Ukraine.”
With China breathing down America’s strategic throats in the Indo-Pacific in which war between the United States and China may erupt at any moment of Taiwan. During a time in which Iran is supposedly plotting more gruesome attacks on US forces still lingering in Syria and North Korea prepares for another “satellite” launch. Biden couldn’t even garner the respect of his own Air Force graduates.
At least half the country cheered his fall while the other half is so blinded by partisanship, they’re denying the severity of the event while admonishing (and trying to cancel) anyone who dares to even bring up the president’s recent fall. But it is something that needs to be brought up.
Especially because, when a similar (though nowhere near as caustic) event happened in the second half of Donald J. Trump’s presidency, the same people wailing over the insensitivity of those who’d dare question Biden’s fitness to be president were the same folks relishing in Trump’s slide down a ramp in which military officers had to help him get to the bottom.
The Geriatric Executive
Joe Biden is America’s first octogenarian president.
Should he be reelected and serve out the full length of his second term in office, he’d be 86 when he left office.
The average lifespan of American males is 77 years of age. Today, Biden has health problems.
Even though he has world-class medical treatment as the leader of what’s left of the Free World, there are still age-related illnesses and medical problems that even the best modern medicines cannot cure.
Eighty-year-olds get tired more often than even those who are a mere ten years younger. They have balance problems at some point. Their muscles are, on average, weaker than groups younger than they. And, sadly, it’s all downhill from this point. It’s not like he’ll get better as the years progress. There are already disturbing reports that the forty-sixth president’s schedule is tightly controlled and designed to insulate him from too heavy of a workload.
After having obtained a copy of the presidential daily schedule, the New York Post determined that President Biden has an average workweek consisting of only about 30 hours! Think of that. Crises happen at all hours of the day. Presidents are required to constantly be on their game and be willing to go years sacrificing sound sleep for crisis management—and then still being able to fulfill a tightly packed daily schedule. Are things less dangerous today than they were four years ago?
Certainly not, despite what the president’s handlers would have you believe.
Sorry to say this, but Biden is literally weak. I also happen to think he’s mentally diminished, too. And it’s pathetic. A diverse, rich nation, with more than 320 million people and Biden is the best we could do to lead us?
The rest of the world doesn’t feel sympathy as they watch Biden collapse—again—in public and his security detail rush to “protect his dignity” as the camera rolls.
Far from it.
The rest of the world, friends and enemies alike, see opportunity every time the forty-sixth president falls going up the stairs of Air Force One, or crashing to the ground while sitting on his unmoving bike, at an intersection in Rehoboth Beach, Del., or getting into a fight with a perfectly flat stage at the Air Force Academy graduation and losing that fight bigly. The world’s leaders think that this is a time in their relationship with America when the United States is so poorly led that they will be able to extract extraordinary concessions from the West—at unbelievably bargain rates.
Biden’s Physical Weakness Emboldens Enemies Everywhere
It’s why Vladimir Putin of Russia believed he could conquer Ukraine in a short time with a handful of troops. He did it after sizing Joe Biden up and finding him wanting. The Americans have helped to complicate Russia’s invasion, yes, but the fact remains the only reason Putin engaged in such risky behavior is because he believed Biden was weak.
Now look at the cost in terms of limited resources that the Americans are having to pay to remind Putin that, even with a sclerotic, octogenarian president, we are not weak.
China’s Xi Jinping is making similar calculations based on the stunning and continuing embarrassment that are the Joe Biden presidential displays. Kim Jong-un of North Korea and the mad mullahs of Iran, too, are making calculations designed for maximum humiliation of a United States that Joe Biden continues humiliating just by being in the Oval Office.
And if these harrowing public displays of Biden’s clearly declining health are any indication that the man cannot continue as the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, do not feel heartened. Because riding behind Biden—as the Sancho Panza to Biden’s Don Quixote—is none other than Vice-President Kamala Harris whose approval ratings are in the toilet and who, as vice-president, has not one policy victory under her pantsuit belt.
Her brain may technically work normally, and she may be younger than Biden, but her mind and competence are as degenerative as Biden’s mental acuity and physical stamina are.
Biden’s Gotta Go
I agree with former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley on very little. I think her presidential candidacy in 2024 is a punchline. But she is completely correct when she warns audiences that a vote for President Joe Biden in 2024 is, in fact, a vote for President Kamala Harris—and isn’t that scary.
At least Joe Biden has an excuse for when things go bad: he’s ancient (like Théoden in Lord of the Rings when the Wormtongue was manipulating his reign).
What’s Kamala Harris’ excuse?
2024 is the Republicans’ Election to Lose
These reasons alone are why Americans should abandon the Democratic Party in 2024. They are not ready for showtime. There are only two truly viable candidates in the 2024 race and they’re both Republicans: Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis and former President Donald J. Trump. And Trump’s biggest mark against him is that he’s only a few years younger than Joe Biden.
America must project strength abroad; it must reassure its people at home. Only a young and vital leader with a clear strategic vision for leading America into the next half century can keep the world at peace and Americans prosperous and free.
No more slip-n-slide presidencies. No more presidents who spew verbal diarrhea. We need presidents who can stand strong and speak well and engender the respect of our allies and the fear of our enemies.
A 19FortyFive Senior Editor, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (Encounter Books), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.