Joe Biden gave an interview with the CBS news show 60 Minutes over the weekend that revealed why so many in his party are hoping he won’t run for a second term. Part incoherent, part delusional, and part laughable, the president’s discussion with reporter Scott Pelley touched on a range of topics, including inflation, his son Hunter, the pandemic, and whether we’d start World War III over Taiwan.
The interview was his first in seven months with an American journalist.
Pelley brought up the annual inflation rate going to 8.3% recently and pointed out that the stock market crashed on the same day he was partying with James Taylor to celebrate the misnamed “Inflation Reduction Act,” He asked, “People are shocked by their grocery bills. What can you do better and faster?”
Biden’s answer didn’t particularly inspire confidence. Rambling, the president said, “Well, first of all, let’s put this in perspective. Inflation rate month to month was just–just an inch, hardly at all…” before trailing off.
That led to a jaw-dropping exchange:
“Scott Pelley: You’re not arguing that 8.3% is good news.
President Joe Biden: No, I’m not saying it is good news. But it was 8.2% or– 8.2% before. I mean, it’s not– you’re ac– we act– make it sound like all of a sudden, “My god, it went to 8.2%.” It’s been–
Scott Pelley: It’s the highest inflation rate, Mr. President, in 40 years.
President Joe Biden: I got that. But guess what we are. We’re in a position where, for the last several months, it hasn’t spiked. It has just barely– it’s been basically even. And in the meantime, we created all these jobs and– and prices– have– have gone up, but they’ve come down for energy. The fact is that we’ve created 10 million new jobs. We’re in– since we came to office. We’re in a situation where the– the unemployment rate is about 3.7%. one of the lowest in history. We’re in a situation where manufacturing is coming back to the United States in a big way. And look down the road, we have mas– massive investments being made in computer chips and– and employment. So, I– look, this is a process. This is a process.”
The National Review torched Biden’s terrible response: “The president could have prevented this crisis by being the ‘adult’ he always claims to be. Instead, he’s still pretending it’s not a crisis at all.
“It is clear from the president’s public pronouncements that he has not yet grasped the scale of the disaster that is unfolding before his eyes. Typically, inflation wreaks its havoc in a slow sequence of discrete stages. First, there is the damage that’s exacted by the rising prices themselves: the sticker shock, the budgeting difficulties, the decreased purchasing power, the devastated savings accounts, the loss of goods and services. Next, there’s the damage that’s done by the attempts to prevent the first set of maladies: the rising interest rates, the increased cost of mortgages, the economic downturn that tends to result from an enforced drop in demand. And, finally, there are the unpredictable long-term ramifications that remind us why it would have been a good idea to keep our fiscal house in order in the first place. Does President Biden still believe, perhaps, that magically, it will be different this time?”
The most stunning aspect of the interview came when Pelley brought up the crown prince of the Biden Family, Hunter. Pelley asked, “if you run again, Republicans are most likely to go after your son Hunter once again. And I wonder what you would like to say about your son and whether any of his troubles have caused conflicts for you or for the United States.”
Biden responded with, “I love my son, number one. He fought– an addiction problem. He overcame it. He wrote about it. And no, there’s not a single thing that I’ve observed at all from that would affect me or the United States relative to my son Hunter.”
The Federalist explained why Biden’s answer, and Pelley’s refusal to follow up on it, was such as failure. The outlet stated, “Hunter didn’t just exchange access to his father, who was vice president at the time, for cash to fund the family’s lavish lifestyle, he was paid by oligarchs and businessmen in countries that have a vested interest in meddling with US affairs.
That’s concerning because it makes the chief of state, Hunter’s dad, susceptible to sway from any of Hunter’s foreign buddies, including American enemies such as China. Already, Joe’s eagerness to reward those business partners, such as selling the Chinese gas giant that has ties to Hunter oil from emergency reserves, has affected how the president runs the country.
It’s no secret that Joe, while he was still vice president, met with more than a dozen of Hunter’s business associates. Some of those meetings were even held in the West Wing of the White House. Yet, Joe has repeatedly lied about his knowledge of Hunter’s overseas business dealings.
Pelley had the perfect opportunity to press Joe on why he lied, what happened in those West Wing meetings, and how involved he’s been brokering deals that the whole Biden family, including Joe’s brother James, reaped the benefits of. Instead, Pelley chose not to press the president.”
Biden has consistently defended his son’s actions. Hunter said his father “thinks he’s a god.” It’s also been proven that the president understood how Hunter was using the family name to secure millions of dollars from foreign companies. So far, the mainstream media hasn’t called out the Bidens for their corruption. In fact, when CNN ran a single story about Hunter, they received significant backlash.
The most discouraging aspect of the interview and the reaction from his staff afterward was how it ultimately demonstrated that Joe Biden might live in the White House, but he’s not in charge.
The president caused panic among his leftwing base by announcing that “The pandemic is over” before saying, “We still have a problem with Covid. We’re still doing a lot of work on it … but the pandemic is over. if you notice, no one’s wearing masks. Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape. And so I think it’s changing.”
Biden’s claim that the pandemic is over completely undermined his legal rationale for giving away hundreds of billions of dollars in student loan forgiveness.
Charles C. W. Cooke responded to the interview by pointing out that “on 60 Minutes this evening, [the] President admitted aloud that his decision to transfer up to a trillion dollars in student-loan debt to taxpayers without congressional approval is flatly unconstitutional.” He explained: “the memo that the Biden administration released to justify his order rested entirely upon there being an ongoing emergency, and because, as Biden has just confirmed, there is no ongoing emergency.”
After speaking with two administration officials, Politico reported, “Biden’s insistence on Sunday night that the pandemic is over caught several of his own health officials by surprise. The declaration was not part of his planned remarks ahead of the “60 Minutes” interview.”
A day after the furor, especially from the president’s far-left base obsessed with zero COVID, White House staff had to clean up the mess he made. CNN reported, “an administration official told CNN that the President’s comments do not mark a change in policy toward the administration’s handling of the virus, and there are no plans to lift the Public Health Emergency, which has been in place since January 2020 and is currently extended through October 13.”
The same thing happened when he and Pelley discussed Asian politics and foreign policy with China. CNBC broke down the exchange, writing, “Asked in a CBS 60 Minutes interview broadcast on Sunday whether U.S. forces would defend the democratically governed island claimed by China, he replied: ‘Yes, if in fact, there was an unprecedented attack.’
Asked to clarify if he meant that unlike in Ukraine, U.S. forces – American men and women – would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion, Biden replied: ‘Yes.'”
The person in charge is the one who can say anything he wants when making a decision. That’s not Joe Biden. After the president made his statement, the White House rushed out a statement saying President Biden did not speak on behalf of the United States government.
CNBC continued: “Asked to comment, a White House spokesperson said U.S. policy towards Taiwan had not changed.
‘The president has said this before, including in Tokyo earlier this year. He also made clear then that our Taiwan policy hasn’t changed. That remains true,’ the spokesperson said.”
In June, NBC wrote, “Beyond policy, Biden is unhappy about a pattern that has developed inside the West Wing. He makes a clear and succinct statement — only to have aides rush to explain that he actually meant something else. The so-called clean-up campaign, he has told advisers, undermines him and smothers the authenticity that fueled his rise. Worse, it feeds a Republican talking point that he’s not fully in command.”
Turns out he isn’t. Do you think he at least gets to pick his favorite flavor of ice cream?