CNN’s Don Lemon stunned White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre when he asked her on live television if President Joe Biden is up to the job. Lemon said:
“Does the President have the stamina, physically and mentally do you think, to continue on even after 2024?”
Jean-Pierre said, “Don! You’re asking me this question. Oh my gosh. He’s the President of the United States. I can’t even keep up with him. we just got back from New Mexico, we just got back from California, that is not a question that we should be even asking.
CNN’s DON LEMON: "Does the President have the stamina, physically & mentally do you think, to continue on after 2024?"— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) June 15, 2022
PRESS SEC: “Don! You’re asking me this question?! Oh my gosh! He’s the President of the United States! I can’t even keep up with him!”
“Just look at the work that he does, look at how he’s delivering for the American public.
“We care about, how are we going to deliver for the American people;
“How are we going to make their lives better.
“That’s what the president talks about, that is his focus, that’s what we are going to continue to focus on.”
From The New York Post:
David Axelrod, the chief strategist for former President Barack Obama’s two winning campaigns, told the New York Times Sunday “the presidency is a monstrously taxing job and the stark reality is the president would be closer to 90 than 80 at the end of a second term, and that would be a major issue.”
He told the paper that even some of Biden’s diplomatic wins, such as unifying NATO against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, are overshadowed by his frailty.
“And part of the reason he doesn’t [get credit] is performative. He looks his age and isn’t as agile in front of a camera as he once was, and this has fed a narrative about competence that isn’t rooted in reality,” Axelrod argued.
Jean-Pierre dismissed the charge that the administration’s efforts to stimulate the economy have contributed to inflation, telling Lemon: “We don’t believe that it did. The American Rescue Plan met the moment, and has led to this historic economic place that we are in currently; unemployment is low, we’ve created 8.7 million jobs, jobs that are better for most for many Americans, and that is what matters, what truly matters.”
She also touted the recently reached agreement on principle for gun safety legislation in the Senate.
“The fact that we have seen those two sides come together, they negotiated, they’re legislating right now, that is a step forward,” Jean-Pierre said. “And that’s what negotiation looks like — the President’s going to continue to fight and to call on that, the other items that he has put