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Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like lately Joe Biden has been less “engaged” than ever. Of course, whenever he speaks it’s a cringe fest. But I was especially struck by his multiple vacation times at the beach in spite of a national disaster; by his seeming indifference over the Lahaina wildfire; by his increased unavailability (or so it seems to me). I began to wonder what would cause him to seem more withdrawn than ever, unless he’s speaking about his invisible accomplishments.
Then it hit me: is it possible that someone who has the power or influence to keep him from running has told him that he won’t be on the ballot in 2024? If I were Joe and were told that, I’d be pretty depressed and remote, too.
And at one of his latest press conferences, Biden asked in his favorite whispering voice (and I can’t find the exact quotation), Tell me the things I’ve done wrong, as if to challenge everyone to prove he shouldn’t be in charge, and running again.