President Joe Biden appeared to completely zone out after he was asked by a reporter what his wife Dr. Jill Biden thought of his intention to run for the presidency once again in 2024.
‘I have not made that formal decision but it’s my intention… my intention to run again. And we have time to make that decision’, the president began.
‘Dr. Biden is for it?’ the MSNBC interviewer asks – only to be met with silence.
‘Mr. President?’ the reporter prods, to virtually no reaction from Biden.
‘Dr. Biden thinks that uh, my wife thinks that uh, that I uh, that, that we’re, that we’re doing something very important,’ Biden finally states, while managing to avoid directly answering the question.
President Joe Biden appeared to completely lose focus during an interview
Asked what his wife Dr. Jill Biden think about him possibly running 2024, the president seemed to zone out and had to be gently pushed by the interviewer
‘Dr. Biden thinks that uh, my wife thinks that uh, that I uh, that, that we’re, that we’re doing something very important,’ Biden finally states
Joe Biden has been married to his wife, Dr. Jill Biden for 45 years, having married in 1977
Biden’s response led to a barrage of criticism on social media.
‘One must feel sorry for him. But no way should he be working any job much less POTUS,’ wrote one user.
‘ I feel like I am watching my Dad talk about my Mom who passed away 6 years ago. This is not funny. This is real,’ added another.
‘Imagine how low his approval would be if the media didn’t protect him with note cards, and pre selected questions. It’s madness,’ suggested another Twitter follower.
Biden’s performance generated a barrage of criticism online
Joe Biden is seen on Friday delivering remarks on student debt relief at Delaware State University in Dover
On Friday night, a federal appeals court has blocked the Biden administration’s plan to forgive hundreds of billions of dollars of federal student loan debt, with a Missouri federal court saying they needed more time to rule on an emergency request by Republican-led states to block the policy.
The Biden administration had previously said in court filings it could begin canceling student loans as early as this Sunday, but their plan was challenged by six states.
The plan, announced in August, was designed for people who had taken out loans to pay for college: Friday’s decision delays distribution of up to $20,000 in debt relief for more than 40 million eligible borrowers.
About 22 million people have already applied for debt relief since the application opened on October 14.
The states which challenged included Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas and South Carolina.
The appeals court gave the administration until Monday to respond to that request, and the states will have until Tuesday to reply to that response.
US District Judge Henry Autrey of St. Louis, Missouri, and US Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett both rejected challenges to Biden’s student debt forgiveness program
Before the Missouri court’s decision was announced, Biden spoke about the scheme at Delaware State University, a historically black university where the majority of students receive federal Pell Grants.
The president highlighted the ease of the application, which doesn’t require users to upload any forms or to create an account.
‘Folks, it takes less than 5 minutes,’ Biden said.
He said the ‘vast majority’ of applicants are able to submit for relief from their phones.
It’s unclear what the appeals court decision means for the 22 million borrowers who already applied for the relief.
The Biden administration had promised not to clear any debt before October 23 as it battled the legal challenges, but the soonest it was expected to begin erasing debt was mid-November.
Student loan forgiveness advocates attend a press conference on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 25 August 2022
The president’s performance on his MSNBC interview will likely do little to lift his approval rating which remains deep underwater in Iowa, where only 20 percent of people believe the country is headed in the right direction, according to a new poll.
With only 18 days until Democrats have to defend control of the House and the Senate, it spells more bad news for Biden in a state with several crucial races.
The Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll found that 61 percent of Iowa adults said they disapproved of Biden’s presidency, while 35 percent approve.
The numbers are miserable but actually show a small upturn since July when only 27 percent approved.
At the same time 73 percent of adults polled said they believed the nation is on the wrong track, compared with 20% who say the nation is going in the right direction.
It comes as Democrats and Republicans launch their final push before next months midterm elections, and with signs that key races up and down the country are tightening.
Democrats have been brought back down to earth after a number of legislative victories and positive economic numbers saw their poll ratings improve before giving way to fresh gas price rises, and warnings of a winter COVID surge.
A new poll brought more gloom for President Joe Biden, this time in Iowa where the third Congressional district could be key to whether or not Democrats hold the House
The Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll found that 61 percent of Iowa adults said they disapproved of Biden’s presidency, while 35 percent approve
Biden himself has generally steered away from campaign events with candidates, instead choosing to make official speeches – on the economy or on drug prices – in states with important races.
In Iowa, Republicans are hoping to pick up the seat of Democratic Rep. Cindy Axne.
But Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley is under pressure to hold his seat from the challenge of Mike Franken, who has closed to within three points, according to recent polls.
Poll respondents identified a range of key issues, with the economy coming top of the list.
Joseph Dehner, a 42-year-old political independent living in West Des Moines, said he supply chain shortages, inflation and staff shortages were making it difficult to keep his business going.
‘Everything’s so expensive not only for the business and trying to get supplies and stuff because of supply chain problems, but having enough money at the end of the day for not only my family, but my employees’ families,’ he told the pollsters, according to the Des Moines Register.
For now, Democrats remain slight favorites to hold on to the Senate, according to the latest forecast by the political website FiveThirtyEight. However, it says their advantage has weakened since September.
At the same time, the site’s model says Republicans are firm favorites to take back the House, with Iowa’s third Congressional district one of the key contests.
Earlier this week another poll found that just one-third of American voters would send President Joe Biden back to the White House if the 2024 election were held today.
A majority of US voters surveyed by Fox News said they would not vote for President Joe Biden again if the election were held today
The president’s low approval ratings have been a source of frustration for some more vulnerable Democrats running for re-election this year
A majority of Americans also believe their lives are worse off than they were two years ago, the poll found.
The new survey by Fox News was taken from October 9 through 12, less than a month until Election Day 2022 when voters will decide which party controls Congress for the latter half of Biden’s term.
While a 54-percent majority said they want someone other than Biden to run for president, Democrats do have a slight edge over Republicans on the generic Congressional ballot.
Forty-four percent of registered voters said they preferred the left to the right for their Congressional votes while 41 percent said the opposite.
However, Republicans have a one-point edge among people who ‘feel certain to vote,’ according to the survey.
Biden’s re-electability still remains fairly high among Democrats, with 71 percent backing him in a hypothetical current-day re-election bid.