It has been speculated by some that President Joe Biden is not in complete control of his own administration, but rather is instructed on what to say and do by others, be they his team of staffers or other unidentified “handlers” behind the scenes.
That may actually be the case, if Biden’s latest slip is to believed, as he that he only goes where “I get told” to go, at least in terms of his campaign travel ahead of the midterm elections, Breitbart reported.
Biden slips up in Pittsburgh
The shocking admission from President Biden that he is not in charge of his own campaign travels came Thursday during a visit to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to support the struggling senatorial campaign of Democratic nominee Lt. Gov. John Fetterman.
After that event, Biden, Fetterman, and others made a brief stop at a sandwich shop to grab lunch and, while there, the president chatted with a few of the people there, including some reporters who had probing questions for him.
“I get told” where to go
Biden was first confronted by a reporter about why so few Democratic candidates were willing to have Biden make public appearances with them — a question that initially appeared to confuse the president but eventually led him to insist that he had already appeared alongside 16 candidates and had been asked to make appearances with “another 20 or so. So I’m going to be doing it.”
A few moments later, Biden was asked if he had plans to make campaign stops in Nevada and Georgia — two Democrat-held Senate seats in real danger of being flipped by Republicans — but while Biden seemed unsure if either trip would be made he did appear to indicate that efforts were underway to make the Georgia trip happen.
Asked if that trip might be scheduled for “next week,” Biden replied, “I don’t know where I’m going.”
“I’ve got about 16, 18 requests around the country, so I don’t know who’s going where. I get told,” he admitted.
Biden more of a liability than an asset on campaign trail
Before that stunning admission from President Biden, NPR had reported at length on how careful the White House had to be with regard to where the president could go in order to campaign on behalf of certain Democratic candidates, as he was “not welcome” in certain places.
That is mostly because in certain locations, particularly closely-fought battleground states and districts, the president’s low approval ratings and supposed executive and legislative “accomplishments” — which many Americans view as part of the economic problems they’re currently facing — make Biden more of a liability than an asset to vulnerable Democratic candidates.
Thus, as Biden has now admitted in apparent confirmation of some of his critics’ suspicions, the president doesn’t have control over, at the very least, his campaign travel schedule, and instead goes where he is told to go and, for the most part, says what he is told to say.