Though he goes out of his way to appear calm and peaceful in his rare press events, President Joe Biden, America’s frail, 78-year-old leader, apparently personifies the classic “grumpy old man” stereotype.
Biden’s White House can be quite tense, according to a group of at least two dozen current and former White House aides who told The New York Times that Biden has a short fuse and frequently has outbursts of frustration that are “often laced with profanity.”
“A sense of urgency”
The bombshell report painted Biden in an entirely different light than what the White House wants Americans to see on television.
The interviews from over two dozen of his current and former aides suggested that Biden is a “president with a short fuse, who is obsessed with getting the details right – sometimes to a fault.”
Unsurprisingly, The Times ran cover to downplay the reports, blaming Biden’s short temper on a “sense of urgency,” suggesting that he is worried he won’t be able to complete his ambitious legislative agenda with Republican primed to take back majority control of the lower chamber in the 2022 midterm elections.
“Mr. Biden is gripped by a sense of urgency that leaves him prone to flares of impatience, according to numerous people who regularly interact with him,” the outlet wrote.
“The president has said he expects to run for a second term, but aides say he understands the effect on his ability to advance his agenda if Republicans regain power in Congress next year,” it added.
Not only is Biden prone to snapping on his aides, but the report also revealed that before arriving at a decision on a major issue, he reportedly “demands hours of debate from cores of policy experts.” Those very debates often lead to his aggravation, as he’s often triggered when a policy expert is unable to answer his questions.
“Three people who work closely with him said he even occasionally hangs up the phone on someone who he thinks is wasting his time. Most described Mr. Biden as having little patience for advisers who cannot field his many questions,” The Times wrote.
The aging president often takes “days or weeks to make up his mind as he examines and second-guesses himself and others” on a given issue, adding that he often asks “obscure” questions that ultimately lead to his outbursts of aggravation and profanity.
Many on social media, including conservative commentator and talk show host Chuck Woolery, suggested that such behavior isn’t surprising, given that profanity-laced outbursts and excessive frustration can be a symptom of dementia, though it should be noted that there is currently no known medical diagnosis that Biden is stricken with the condition.
Biden has also been known to have outbursts in public, such as when he called a woman in New Hampshire a “lying, dog-faced pony soldier” or called an Iowa voter a “damn liar.”