Where’s Joe Biden?

Where’s Joe Biden?

It’s so nice of President Joe Biden to cut his leisurely Camp David vacation short to address the American people while a bunch of terrorists ravage Afghanistan.

Just one day after his administration sent 3,000 U.S. troops to Kabul to rescue people working at the U.S. Embassy as the Taliban took over other Afghan cities, Biden departed the White House on Marine One on Friday to kick up his feet until this Wednesday. It’s hard work to order a poorly planned and decades-late withdrawal, you see, so the president and his handlers called a nearly weeklong retreat for the commander-in-chief while his press secretary also went on vacation. No questions asked. “Out of the office.”

“There’s going to be no circumstance where you’re going to see people being lifted off the roof of an embassy,” Biden had assured reporters and the rest of America before getting out of dodge. It’s “not true” that the Afghan government will collapse, he insisted. “They clearly have the capacity to sustain the government in place.”

But saying something doesn’t make it so. Just ask the delusional neoconservatives, whose 20 years of horrific policy have cost tens of thousands of lives and $2 trillion dollars of needless debt we’ll now bestow on our children and grandchildren. People were in fact urgently airlifted out of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, and President Ashraf Ghani fled the country as the Taliban took over the capital. As Biden’s lousy predictions were proved wrong one by one, the president of the United States was nowhere to be found.

This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise for a president whose campaign called a lid anytime domestic tensions heated up or the press threw him anything more than a softball. Biden habitually huddled down in his basement bunker when the going got tough, and now he’s hiding out at Camp David where the White House insists he’s working with the national security team on the Afghanistan issue — but even that’s up in the air after the administration wouldn’t answer burning questions about some suspicious clocks.

Facing mounting pressure to show his face and demonstrate an ounce of leadership, Biden has given up vacationing and is finally returning to the White House Monday afternoon to speak about Afghanistan, but too little too late isn’t leadership. It’s damage control. It’s Operation Save Face.

Despite Biden’s campaign platitudes of being a superior leader to his predecessor, Biden has not only sat by and allowed puppet-master bureaucrats and Cabinet members to call the shots, but he has made damage control his presidential style.

It’s why a vaccinated Biden masked up and then couldn’t understand vaccine hesitancy. It’s why his border czar blurted out that she’s never been to Europe when confronted about not giving a hoot about the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. It’s why his press secretary’s response to the fallout of terrible policies and messaging was always to “circle back,” and it’s why he’s cutting his retreat short to save face in front of an East Room camera about three days too late.

“Leadership requires foresight,” was an easy thing for campaign-mode Biden to tweet, but he’s shown himself incapable of foresight, exposing his leadership jibber-jabber for the facade it is.

The free world needs a leader, Joe. Playing the Donald Trump blame game and enjoying air cover from the corporate media might have been enough to get you elected, but in times of crisis, America needs more than a septuagenarian who just wanted to cross “become president” off his bucket list. She needs a strong commander.

Where have you been?

Kylee Zempel is an assistant editor at The Federalist. Follow her on Twitter @kyleezempel.
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