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  • Biden ‘absolutely’ sharp enough for second term, no ‘coverup’ of mental decline, White House insists

    07/24/2024 6:04:53 PM PDT · by Libloather · 53 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/24/24 | Steven Nelson
    WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre insisted Wednesday that President Biden remains sharp as a tack and “absolutely” could serve another four-year term — stunning journalists at her first briefing since Biden dropped his re-election campaign over concerns about his mental acuity. “Look, he didn’t step down from campaigning or from running because he didn’t believe he can serve in a second term. That is not why,” Jean-Pierre claimed to the incredulity of the press corps. The press secretary said the 81-year-old president’s decision to drop out Sunday and endorse Vice President Kamala Harris, 59, was in the...
  • Donald Trump Says Nancy Pelosi Turned On Biden 'Like a Dog'

    07/21/2024 5:49:02 AM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Newsweak ^ | 7/21/24 | Flynn Nicholls
    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was "crazy as a bedbug" and has accused her of turning on President Joe Biden "like a dog." More than an hour into his speech at a campaign event in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Saturday—his first rally since last Saturday's attempt on his life—Trump dubbed Pelosi "Crazy Nancy" and said she is "selling out" Biden. **SNIP** "She's [Kamala Harris] not as crazy as Nancy Pelosi, Crazy Nancy. Did you see Nancy Pelosi is selling out Biden now? Did you see?" he said. "She turned on him like a dog....
  • Biden walks slowly off of Air Force One after COVID diagnosis

    07/18/2024 2:43:59 AM PDT · by Libloather · 67 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/18/24 | Nikki Schwab, Emily Goodin
    <p>The maskless 81-year-old - whose political future is in jeopardy due to age-related concerns - walked very slowly off of Air Force One, pausing multiple times, before putting a mask on inside the black SUV that is carting him off to Rehoboth.</p>
  • Biden’s anger spills out as Democrats weigh his future (Zoom call)

    07/17/2024 6:23:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/17/24 | Amie Parnes
    When President Biden took part in a Zoom call with lawmakers from the Congressional Progressive Caucus last weekend, an aide passed him a note that read, “Stay positive. You are sounding defensive.” Sources familiar with the call said Biden “intentionally” read the note out loud for a moment of levity during a call with anxious lawmakers. And on a separate call with centrist House lawmakers — which some sources described as “tense” — the president lashed out at Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.), Puck News reported Tuesday. “First of all, I think you’re dead wrong on national security. You saw what...
  • Democrats aren’t confident in Biden’s chances. But they may be stuck with him.

    07/13/2024 5:36:56 AM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/13/24 | Myah Ward, Eli Stokols, Elena Schneider, Holly Otterbein
    Three of Joe Biden’s senior aides entered a Senate Democratic lunch on Thursday armed with internal and external polls showing the presidential race still within the margin of error, hoping to keep this last bastion of support from abandoning his embattled campaign. During a difficult and at times tearful meeting with Mike Donilon, Steve Ricchetti and Jen O’Malley Dillon, senators aired concerns about the president’s ability to serve for another four years, his path to defeat former President Donald Trump and the effect Biden’s poor polling might have on Democrats running down the ballot, according to five people familiar with...
  • House Dem tells Biden directly: Time for someone else to lead

    07/13/2024 5:02:15 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/12/24 | Nicholas Wulfsohn, Sarah Ferris
    A House Democrat who has called for Joe Biden to step aside confronted the president directly on a virtual meeting Friday, telling him it was time for someone else to lead, according to two people familiar with the matter. The host of the meeting — between the Congressional Hispanic Caucus' political arm and Biden — ended it shortly after Rep. Mike Levin's (D-Calif.) comment. Biden responded to Levin, according to a member on the call, by reiterating that he is running. The president held meetings with various factions of House Democrats anxious about his future on the ticket on Friday...
  • Scientists find subtle change happens to people's speech before they get dementia - and it's not good for Biden

    07/12/2024 2:29:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/12/24 | Emily Joshu
    Slowed speech, pauses, and using the same handful of words. If you've witnessed these habits in an elderly loved one, it could be an early warning sign of dementia. New research is beginning to untangle what the natural signs of aging look like and which could be due to serious brain conditions when it comes to how people talk. For example, forgetting the name of a person, place or having difficulty finding words is natural and linked to memory retrieval, which gets worse as we get older. However, this combined with slowed or slurring speech, blank pauses, and limited vocabulary...
  • Biden at his press conference: See, I’m up to the job

    07/12/2024 4:39:04 AM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/11/24 | Jonathan Lemire, Myah Ward
    President Joe Biden, his reelection bid imperiled by his own party, defiantly declared Thursday in a press conference-turned-referendum on his candidacy that he is still the “best person” to defeat Donald Trump. In his first solo news conference since November — and with Washington on edge — the 81-year-old Biden forcefully dismissed multiple questions about fellow Democrats declaring that he was no longer up for the rigors of the campaign and should abandon his reelection bid. “If I slow down and can’t get the job done, that’s a sign I shouldn’t be doing it,” he said, “but there’s no indication...
  • The cracks in the Dem party are evident as Biden’s scam-paign shatters

    07/10/2024 2:43:27 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/09/24 | Michael Goodwin
    Watching Joe Biden take a daily pounding from fellow Democrats and former media co-conspirators is almost enough to make you feel sorry for him. Almost. The president’s house of cards is collapsing, and not just because he had “a bad night” at the debate. It’s collapsing because, as the late economist Herb Stein observed, “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.” In this case, the “something” was a scam, a pretense that Biden was a healthy man qualified to tackle the most important and demanding job in the world. He never was. Recall that he spent much of...
  • Biden seeks to reassure donors: ‘The Democratic nominee is me’

    07/08/2024 5:34:57 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/08/24 | Alex Gangitano
    <p>Biden told donors he is staying in the presidential race and thanked them for their support to beat Trump, according to his campaign. He also took questions from them.</p><p>He also added that he’s “not going anywhere” and promised to beat Trump.</p>
  • Axelrod asks why Trump is ‘uncharacteristically holding fire’ as Biden teeters

    07/08/2024 5:12:55 PM PDT · by Libloather · 92 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/08/24 | Nick Robertson
    Senior Democratic strategist David Axelrod raised questions Monday about former President Trump’s current strategy of keeping quiet amid rising concerns over President Biden’s health and candidacy. “Trump’s not talking much about Biden’s bad debate. Trump’s campaign is not blitzing ads about it. And Lara Trump said last week it would be an affront to democracy if Biden were not the nominee,” Axelrod wrote in a social media post. “Question: Why do you think they are uncharacteristically holding fire?” Axelrod, a longtime adviser to former President Obama, has been an outspoken critic of the Biden campaign in recent weeks as the...
  • Biden tells Hill Democrats he 'declines' to step aside and says it's time for party drama 'to end'

    07/08/2024 9:10:41 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 1 replies
    Channel 3000 News/AP ^ | July 8, 2024 | AP Staff
    President Joe Biden, in a letter to congressional Democrats, stood firm against calls for him to drop his candidacy and called for an “end” to the intraparty drama that has torn apart Democrats since his dismal public debate performance. Biden's efforts to shore up a deeply anxious Democratic Party came Monday as lawmakers are returning to Washington and confronting a choice: decide whether to work to revive his campaign or edge out the party leader, a make-or-break time for his reelection and their own political futures. Biden wrote in the two-page letter that “the question of how to move forward...
  • Joe Biden Is A Good Man? Please Don’t Insult Our Intelligence

    07/08/2024 5:57:48 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 31 replies
    Issues & Insights ^ | 8 Jul, 2024 | I & I Editorial Board
    The talking points must have gone out within minutes of the end of President Joe Biden’s lame debate performance. Among the first to tell us just how fine a man Biden was Barack Obama, who called his former vice president “someone who has fought for ordinary folks his entire life.” It is, of course, a lie. Biden is not a good man, and the idea he’s “fought for ordinary folks” for even a single day of his “public service” is risible. Obama’s tweet also claimed that Biden is the candidate “who knows right from wrong and will give it to...
  • Hunter Biden’s the real point person in Joe’s White House — don’t underestimate the first son

    07/08/2024 2:36:06 AM PDT · by Libloather · 32 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/07/24 | Miranda Devine
    Democrats trying to dislodge Joe Biden will first have to combat the proxy commander in chief: Hunter Biden — and that’s easier said than done. With the Biden family digging in behind Joe staying put, any staffers or party grandees deputized to strong-arm Joe Biden out of being their candidate in November had better not underestimate the first son. While the focus has been on four-time Vogue cover girl Jill Biden and her screeching assurances that Joe is hale and hearty and fit for another four years, the first son has flown under the radar. But Hunter is glued to...
  • Biden ‘dug in’ as Dem calls to drop out rise

    07/07/2024 7:31:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/07/24 | Amie Parnes
    When President Biden sat down on Friday with ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos for the high-stakes interview on the heels of his disastrous debate performance, he was adamant about one thing in particular: He’s not going anywhere. “If the Lord Almighty came down and said, ‘Joe, get out of the race,’ I’d get out of the race,” Biden said. “The Lord Almighty’s not coming down.” Behind the scenes, Biden has remained steadfast despite the growing number of Democrats calling for him to stand down, telling key allies that he’s the best candidate to not only beat former President Trump but...
  • Biden says ‘Dark Brandon is coming back’ while campaigning in Pennsylvania

    07/07/2024 1:53:31 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/07/2024 | Nick Robertson
    President Biden riled voters during a series of campaign stops in Pennsylvania on Sunday, attempting to shake off concerns among some Democrats that he isn’t up for a second term. “Dark Brandon is coming back,” he joked to one supporter in Harrisburg who asked him about the meme, one that developed into a unifying force to fight off concerns about Biden’s age early in his campaign. While he faces increasing calls from members of Congress to leave the campaign after a faltering debate performance last month, Biden said he hasn’t seen the same response from voters.
  • Axelrod says Biden is ‘not winning this race’

    07/07/2024 11:04:46 AM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/07/24 | Sarah Fortinsky
    Democratic strategist David Axelrod said on Sunday that he doesn’t think President Biden understands he is “not winning this race” against former President Trump. “There are certain immutable facts of life, and those were painfully obvious on that debate stage, and the President just doesn’t seem to come to – he hasn’t come to grips with it. He’s not winning this race,” Axelrod, a senior adviser in the Obama administration, said on CNN’s “Inside Politics Sunday.” “If you just look at the data and talk to people around the country, political people around the country, it’s more likely that he’ll...
  • Biden at peace if he loses to Trump: "As long as I gave it my all"

    07/05/2024 7:39:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 61 replies
    Axios ^ | 7/05/24 | Zachary Basu
    President Biden indicated in an interview with ABC News Friday that he would be at peace if he lost to former President Trump "as long as I gave it my all." Why it matters: Biden is under growing pressure to step aside as the Democratic nominee in the wake of his disastrous debate performance last week, especially given the stakes of a potential Trump second term. Many Democrats believe Biden has been an excellent president — but that his refusal to give up power at his advantaged age could risk throwing the country into turmoil after November's election. His interview...
  • Warner building support among Democratic senators to push Biden out

    07/05/2024 6:24:02 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/05/24 | Alexander Bolton, Amie Parnes
    Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), an influential centrist who is close with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), is working to gather support among Democratic senators to ask President Biden to drop his reelection bid, according to two sources familiar with the effort. Warner is concerned that Biden could perform so badly in November that he risks taking down senators who were thought to be in relatively safe seats, such as fellow Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.). “He talks to a lot of his colleagues all of the time. There’s a statewide race going on in Virginia,” said a source familiar...
  • EXCLUSIVE ANDREW NEIL speaks to multiple senior Democrats who reveal party's verdict: 'EVERYONE wants Biden to quit'...

    07/04/2024 4:23:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/04/24 | Andrew Neil
    The Dump Biden movement has regained momentum inside the Democratic Party. We cannot yet say for sure that it will succeed. Team Biden is still digging in to keep their man in contention. But the ground is slipping from under the President's feet. It could soon be an unstoppable landslide. By this time next week, the Democrats could be looking for a new presidential candidate. Or still ripping themselves apart over whether they should be. I spoke to two senior Democrats today, one an experienced election strategist, the other on Joe Biden's staff when he was vice president. Both were...