Is Joe Biden’s staff trying to sabotage him? Probably not, but man have some bad decisions been made lately as far as his public appearances go. Don’t get me wrong, there’s never really a good time to have Biden out in front of people, but the rush to push out recordings of him after he contracted COVID-19 has led to some really uncomfortable scenes.
Almost immediately, the White House released a picture that left nothing but questions. Biden then did a live stream (which cut off suddenly) in which he looked like he was about keel over. Then, on Monday, the president’s comms team put together a clip of him ranting about “insurrection,” and they really shouldn’t have.
Watch the entire thing and see if you can figure out why he looks so weird.
The first time I watched it, I didn’t catch it. I knew the guy looked glazed over, but he always looks glazed over. And yeah, his voice is scratchy, but he does have COVID-19, so that couldn’t be it. Then after another watch, it hit me: Joe Biden goes a full 42 seconds without blinking (0:41-1:23 in the video).
He’s reading a teleprompter the entire time and his eyes never move. They are locked in on that giant TV he uses like a heat-seeking missile. And to go 42 seconds without blinking? That takes some serious skill…or some serious drugs. In fact, while I was timing it out, I had to restart the video several times because I couldn’t hold my own eyes open long enough to make sure he hadn’t blinked while I was blinking.
Out of curiosity, I googled how many times the average person blinks in a minute. The answer is somewhere between 15-20 times. There are some conditions that could lead to someone having a slower blink rate, but that’s the point. Biden’s physical presentation is concerning, to say the least, and it isn’t just his COVID-19 that is at issue because he often looks this way. I mean, I’m not going to accuse the president of being on cocaine, but that’s what it makes me think of. He definitely looks hopped up on some kind of stimulant.
And we haven’t even gotten to the actual content of the clip yet. It just makes no sense to have the president go on a tirade about January 6th and Donald Trump right now. What was so special about Monday that demanded that? Again, I just don’t understand what his staff is doing. They have to see how sickly and out of it he looks in the video. So why not protect him by leaving it on the cutting room floor? No one would have thought twice about there being one less clip of Biden floating around.
For some reason, though, the White House feels like they have to prove Biden is up for the job. Yet, their attempts to do so only continually show he isn’t up for the job. It’d be better to just isolate the president than continue to show his weakness so often. And if this really is just about him having COVID-19, then for cripes sake, stop trotting him out in videos.