Now, he’s running for reelection.
If Biden is reelected as president and makes it through his second term, he’ll be an astonishing 86 years-old at the end of his presidency.
But signs of wear-and-tear are already showing. And I’m not just talking about Biden’s apparent age-related mental decline.
There are physical signs, too.
Fox News has been placed into the spotlight in the Liberal press because a number of their on-air personalities have become fixated on the fact that President Biden routinely wears Skechers in public. He’ll wear tennis shoes at state functions.
He’ll wear Skechers with suits and ties.
The man wears Skechers, they argue, at inappropriate times.
To this, the Liberal press has decided to mock the Right-leaning network; they argue that Fox News is doing to Biden what they tried to do to former President Barack Obama when he chose to wear a tan suit in public.
The real difference here is that Obama’s mental and physical fitness were never in question (although his judgement was). The point about Obama’s tan suit (which I never understood because I thought he looked quite fashionable in that attire) was a fashion criticism that likely was taken too far.
What the Right-leaning press is saying about Joe Biden’s shoe choice is deeper. Further, it’s a legitimate point, given Mr. Biden’s age and his overall demeanor in public.
Why Tennis Shoes for Joe Biden?
President Biden is making the odd choice of wearing Skechers, whether they’re an appropriate thing to wear or not, because the man is an octogenarian whose faculties are clearly declining.
Biden has experienced a series of humiliating falls while in public.
So, the Biden Administration has taken great pains to avoid such embarrassing displays. One of the actions the Biden team has taken to mitigate Biden’s risk of falling in public has been to sinch up comfortable Skechers, which has more grips than ordinary dress shoes do, to the forty-sixth president’s aging feet.
Maybe it’s nothing.
Perhaps we should be thankful that President Biden’s handlers are doing this. After all, whether you support him or not, Biden is the president who represents all Americans to the world. It makes us all look bad when he’s playing slip-n-slide with perfectly flat surfaces on clear days. Still, it’s noticeable that the president’s people are trying to make it harder for him to slip while in public.
If these actions were better disguised, that’d be one thing.
But only a fool would not be able to see why the stairs going up to Air Force One have suddenly become much shorter for this president than for past ones. Or why the commander-in-chief is awkwardly donning tennis shoes at every public event possible.
And, if Fox News and other Right-leaning media outlets are questioning the move by Biden to wear Skechers with every outfit, at almost every public occasion these days, you can bet foreign intelligence services are noticing and asking these questions, too.
Weakness Begets Weakness
The United States has not exhibited this level of weakness either economically or abroad since Jimmy Carter was president. In fact, Joe Biden’s raison d’être appears to be to make Jimmy Carter’s one term in office look great when compared to Biden’s time in the White House.
The wearing of age-friendly Skecher shoes at all events and at all times underscores the weakness of America’s leadership.
So, the mainstream media can downplay the fixation that Right-wing media has about Biden’s shoe choices. They do so simply because they know Biden looks bad.
The president’s defenders in the press also understand that Biden’s continued public displays of confusion and clumsiness—and the efforts of his team to downplay those displays—encourage America’s rapacious foes to seek greater challenges to the United States.
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.