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Joe Biden’s Achilles Heel: Age, gaffes and Foreign Policy

Written By | Aug 18, 2019
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WASHINGTON:  Former President Obama and his BFF, told Joe Biden “You don’t have to do this.”  An attempt to keep Biden off the stage and offer some protection his dwindling legacy? Perhaps.  A recognition that an unchained Biden, without Valerie Jarret to reign him in, might just be an embarrassment not only to the DNC but to the former President? Likely.  (Obama worries Biden’s 2020 bid could ‘damage his legacy’: report) Recognition that between his age and his gaffes, he might not be the best candidate for the Democrats.

“You don’t have to do this, Joe, you really don’t,” the former president told Biden before the front-runner entered the race, insiders told the New York Times.

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Channeling his inner 13-year-old girl, Joe Biden tweeted this image on “Best Friends Day” – that may be a fact in Joe’s mind, but not a truth.


Obama: Been there, done that

Or maybe the recognition, from someone who did the job for eight years, that it takes more than a 76-year-old Biden has to give.  At the time of his inauguration, Biden would be 78 years old.   Bernie Sanders, at 77 would be 79.  Elizabeth Warren at 70 would be 72.

It may be worth considering that the average life expectancy for Americans is 78.7 years.  Do we need to be spending more time thinking about who Biden will choose as Vice President?  Because statistically, if Biden takes the Oval, his Vice President is quite likely to succeed to the Oval.   Right now, Stacey Abrams of Georgia is being targeted as Biden’s running rate (Stacey Abrams says she’s open to accepting VP nomination) Do we want President Abrams?

Being president is not an old man, or women’s, sport

America’s presidents, until Obama, where white guys.  And while the perception is that they were all old white men, President Trump at age 70, is the only septuagenarian President to enter the oval.  President Reagan at 69 years, 349 days missed that honor by days.  However, even with a second term, Trump will leave the Oval younger than Biden will enter it.

The average age of all presidents is 55 years plus three months. Coincidentally this is the age of President Johnson when he was sworn in after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy,  the youngest president at the age of 43 years, 236 days.  Kennedy is also the youngest president to leave the oval office, being murdered at the age of 46 years, 177 days.

Joe Biden’s problems more than a birthdate

Biden often reaches back to his role as Vice President as being validation for his running for President. Despite the fact that the DNC looked over him to Hillary Clinton in 2016.  However, leaks from the Obama teams say that the former president has asked Biden staffers to make sure the gaffe-prone veep does not “damage his legacy.” Suggesting fewer appearances and to keep those before lunch.  When Joe is more alert.

He is also, according to those leaks, afraid Biden may “embarrass himself” during his run.

Staffers, many of them equally of age, have been unable to prevent him from making verbal blunders.  Like his claim last week that “poor kids are just as bright … as white kids.”

Then there is three-gender gate:

“There are at least three,” Biden told an Iowa college student at the Iowa State Fair, after she asked him how many genders he believes exist.
But after the young woman asked the gaffe-prone candidate to explain what they are, Biden grew heated, according to a video of the interaction posted to Twitter on Friday.
“Don’t play games with me, kid,” he barked.

The former president has told insiders of his worries that Biden’s top aides are “too old and out of touch with the current political climate.”

But it may be Biden’s political legacy that is his biggest problem

Joe Biden was elected to the Senate in 1973 – that is 46 years as a member of the Washington DC swamp.  He ran for President in 1988 against.  Biden dropping out after the disclosure of his plagiarism of Neil Gordon Kinnock, a Welsh politician.

And again in 2008 when he campaigned on foreign issues, especially getting U.S. troops out of Iraq. (Joe Biden’s Haunted Legacy in Iraq) In 2002, Biden, then the chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, cast a Senate vote for the U.S. invasion of Iraq, a vote President George W. Bush used to justify US involvement in the area.

Politics abhors a vacuum

Much the same way Clinton and Obama created a vacuum in Libya, leading to the rise of  ISIS, Biden worked to pull out the troops from Iraq.

Clinton and Obama actions in Libya did destabilize the region. Moreover, their actions also turned the U.S. into a liar, effecting our present negotiations with North Korea.

“In 2003, when Qaddafi agreed to surrender his nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, Bush promised others who might do the same that they would have an “open path to better relations with the United States.” Eight years later, the U.S. and nato helped to overthrow Qaddafi, who was captured, humiliated, and killed by rebels. At the time, North Korea said that Qaddafi’s fall was “a grave lesson” that persuading other nations to give up weapons was “an invasion tactic.” – Obama’s illegal Libya war has made the current situation in North Korea more dangerous

Libya is Obama’s war

President Obama gave his VP control over Iraq.  According to The Atlantic,

“We were sitting in the Oval Office one day and talking about [the troop presence], and Obama looked at Biden and said, ‘Joe, I think you should do this. We need sustained focus from the White House. You know Iraq better than anyone,’” Antony Blinken, Biden’s national security adviser, told me. “It was as simple as that.” – Obama’s illegal Libya war has made the current situation in North Korea more dangerous

American troops left Iraq by 2011 and according to Blinken’s interview:

“He is the guy who oversaw the drawdown, in effect, on the political side, of U.S. forces from 150,000 to virtually zero.”

The departure of U.S. troops from Iraq created a vacuum.

Al-Qaeda morphed into ISIS. Under Obama and Biden, forty percent of Iraq is still under ISIS in the summer of 2014. The extremist “caliphate” is setting the stage for a new era of regional upheaval and global terrorism.

In April 2017,  Reuters reports:

Islamic State has lost most of the territory it has held in Iraq since 2014, an Iraqi military spokesman said on Tuesday.

At the height of its power, the militant group controlled about 40 percent of Iraq, joint operations command spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Rasool told a news conference.

That area has been whittled down to about 6.8 percent of Iraqi territory after extensive military operations, which are still going on in the city of Mosul, he said.

The Department of Defense Inspector General Quarterly Report says that between April and June 2019, the Islamic State terror group “solidified its insurgent capabilities in Iraq and was resurging in Syria.”

All results of the disastrous decisions of Obama – Biden – Clinton era.

DNC Expressing concerns over Biden’s age

Biden, and possibly Biden staffers, are seeking to reduce the candidates time before a national audience.  This includes Biden favoring interviews with local news sources, versus national.  More experienced national reporters being more likely to challenge the former Vice President.

Joe Biden is prioritizing engagement with local press in early primary states over interviews with national outlets, a media strategy sowing doubts about his electability against President Trump — his key selling point in the race for the Democratic nomination. Some supporters say the move is to protect the candidate from verbal gaffes that have been a hallmark of his political career.

Is Trump a super-ager?

The problem is that avoiding the hard-hitting national press and the tough issues they raise suggests weakness. Additionaly it fosters questions about his ability to handle Trump in a general election. Trump’s campaign rallies, lasting hours, before tens of thousands of cheering fans, present a man much younger and sharper than we might think for a 73-year-old man.

The President may be what Medical News Today calls a super-ager, though he has a way to go before he hits 80, the age of the research subjects:

Research by Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL, compared SuperAgers with a control group of same-age individuals. They found that the brains of SuperAgers shrink at a slower rate than their age-matched peers, which results in a greater resistance to the typical memory loss observed with age, thus revealing that age-related cognitive decline is not inevitable.

“We found that SuperAgers are resistant to the normal rate of decline that we see in average elderly, and they’re managing to strike a balance between life span and health span, really living well and enjoying their later years of life,” says Emily Rogalski, associate professor at the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center (CNADC) at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

By studying how SuperAgers are unique, the researchers hope to unearth biological factors that might contribute to maintaining memory ability in advanced age. One thing is for sure – 2016 (Official Portrait) to 2019 ( visiting with the President of Mongolia), President Trump is not aging as see most presidents age.

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Obama has not endorsed any of the two dozen Democrats vying for the nomination.  My guess is that he won’t.

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