March 4, 2024

White House Turned Down Super Bowl Over Fears Biden ‘Will Say Something Stupid’: Analyst


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A famous political analyst and mainstream media columnist argued on Saturday that the rationale the White House determined in opposition to permitting President Joe Biden to take a seat for a pre-game Super Bowl interview for the second 12 months in a row is concern he’d say one thing “stupid.”

In an interview with NPR, New York Times columnist David Brooks, who appeared with Washington Post affiliate editor Jonathan Capehart, defined to host Amna Nawaz that particular counsel Robert Hur’s report citing Biden’s lapsing reminiscence and psychological capability doubtless drove the White House’s determination.

“I think the special counsel used — talked about the age because his job is to think through how a jury would think. And the argument was a jury would not convict the guy because they think he’d be a well-intentioned guy with memory problems,” Brooks started after Nawaz performed a clip of Biden criticizing Hur for claiming in his report that the president couldn’t bear in mind the date of son Beau’s dying from mind most cancers.

“Nonetheless, prosecutors are also not allowed to insult people who they don’t charge because they — the people they’re insulting don’t get their day in court to fight back. And so there — this is prosecutorial standards, and I think he sort of very much flirted or went over the line on that,” Brooks claimed.


“On the age issue, I think it’s a perfectly legitimate issue. Listen, I have been interviewing Joe Biden for 30 years. He’s not as quick as he was. I say he was a pitcher — used to do it, throw 94, now throws 87 [mph]. So the age is a factor, and you got to think, it’s 86, he will be if he’s reelected,” he continued.

“It’s a totally legitimate issue. His staff seems to think it’s a legitimate issue because they act like he has a big problem. I was stunned that he turned down the Super Bowl interview for the second year in a row this time. Your guy is behind. You have a chance for an easy interview to talk to tens of millions of people, and you turn it down because they’re so cautious, the staff thinks he will say something stupid?” Brooks continued.

“Now, my own personal opinion, based on my own direct contact and my reporting, is that his judgment is — his memory may sometimes slip, but his judgment is good. And he absolutely runs the White House. He’s in charge of that administration. He’s completely sharp enough to do that,” Brooks claimed. “But will he be able to do that in five years? I think it’s a legitimate issue for voters to think about.”


Others vehemently disagree with Brooks’ evaluation that Biden is succesful.

Even earlier than Hur’s Hur’s report documenting Biden’s diminished psychological capability and lack of reminiscence got here out on Wednesday, an eyewitness who interacted with the president in particular person final week reported that she discovered his situation “shocking.”

On Thursday night, Fox News host Laura Ingraham mentioned Hur’s findings with contributor and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, noting at one level in the course of the phase that Democrats had been already refuting Hur’s characterizations of Biden’s psychological capability by remarkably claiming that he didn’t show any shortcomings of their presence.

Ingraham famous that Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) claimed to CNN that he had not seen any indicators that Biden had “poor memory,” whereas Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) mentioned, “I’ve talked to him for hours on end as recently as a couple of months ago,” occurring to say he’s “as sharp as ever.”

“I mean, Newt, come on,” Ingraham mentioned, earlier than including:

I’ve it on good authority…a pal of mine was within the White House a few weeks in the past, and he or she just isn’t a Trump fan, let me simply say this… She was up shut and private with the president, and was shocked — her phrases had been ‘shocked’ about his state.

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