Biden angry, abusive to staff behind closed doors

July 11, 2023
Jen Krausz

A new piece by Axios details President Joe Biden's angry and abusive outbursts toward his staff that occur behind closed doors as he tries to project a kind and gentle, even folksy exterior to the public.

"Old Yeller: Biden's Private Fury" featured Biden aides who reported that they and others feared Biden's angry and profane outbursts to the point that some would not meet with him alone.

"God dammit, how the f**k don't you know this?!," "Don't f**king bullsh*t me!" and "Get the f**k out of here!" are some of the outbursts that have frequently confronted aides when Biden is angry about something that has happened or a situation he's facing, the piece noted.

"The private eruptions paint a more complicated picture of Biden as a manager and president than his carefully cultivated image as a kindly uncle who loves Aviator sunglasses and ice cream," the piece said.

"No one is safe"

"No one is safe," said one administration official, including Jeff Zients, Biden's former COVID czar who faced an epic Biden rage when there was a shortage of home tests in 2021.

Zients is now Biden's chief of staff, so the rage was obviously short-lived.

Obviously, Zients is not going to speak against his boss about the incident. A spokesperson for Zients said, "I'm not going to speak to what internal convos may or may not have happened between Jeff and the president."

The Axios piece follows one in Politico in early June that said Biden was "seething" that his poll numbers are now worse than former President Donald Trump's.

Protecting Biden

Ironically, the Axios piece does not appear to be much of a departure from the mainstream press's attempts to prop Biden up and make him look good.

"Some Biden aides think the president would be better off occasionally displaying his temper in public as a way to assuage voter concerns that the 80-year-old president is disengaged and too old for the office," the piece read.

A few officials even use Biden's temper as a gauge of how much he likes them.

According to a book by Chris Whipple about Biden's time in the White House, Jen Psaki had this attitude.

"I said to [Biden] multiple times, 'I'll know we have a really good, trusting relationship when you yell at me the first time,'" the book quoted her as saying.

In other words, Biden's rage equals power to his followers, and could even make him look more presidential or like he's not actually senile and unable to serve as president for another five-plus years.

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