'Aides' to president now running country, poll shows majority believe

President Joe Biden listens during a weekly personnel meeting Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House photo by Adam Schultz)

Is the 47th president of the United States now “Mr. ‘Presidential Aide?'”

Many Republicans disliked Joe Biden’s projected far-leftist policies and actions, and they opposed him during the 2020 election.

Other members of the GOP simply didn’t want a Democrat running the nation’s then-surging economy after the COVID-19 pandemic, for which President Trump had facilitated the quick development of vaccines.

Some DID support him, mainly because they didn’t like President Trump’s personality.

But a good number of others in the GOP were alarmed at his long history of, and worsening, gaffes. Verbal blunders, misstatements, lost thoughts.

It appears now even a number of Democrats are sharing that concern, as a new poll from Rasmussen Reports reveals, “A majority of voters don’t think President Joe Biden is mentally and physically capable of doing his job, and suspect the White House is actually being run by others.”

The poll found 39% of Likely U.S. Voters believe Biden really is doing the job of president – down from 47% in March.

“A majority of voter (51%) now say others are making decisions for Biden behind the scenes. Another 10% are not sure,” the report said.

The survey of 1,000 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on August 18-19, 2021 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

Washington Secrets columnist Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner, who regularly monitors such results, explained, “Pre-election concerns that President Joe Biden wasn’t physically or mentally up for his new job at age 78, the oldest-ever chief executive, are now settling in as the public sees him slow-walking, refusing to consider questions at press conferences, and seemingly befuddled with the crisis in Afghanistan.”

“Not only has his average approval rating fallen below 50%, the lowest of his presidency, but a new survey has found that in addition to likely voters believing that Biden is not all there, they believe that aides are doing his job.”

The poll showed 52% of respondents are not confident that Biden is “up to the job of being president.”

“Women, men, white people, Republicans, and middle-aged to elderly voters lack confidence in Biden, according to the survey,” Bedard said.

The idea, however, is far from new. Bedard report that a similar poll just a month into Biden’s president revealed 33% said he isn’t mentally sharp enough for the job.

Biden’s agenda on a number of items, from high-spending infrastructure and election takeover to his self-inflicted immigration crisis, appears to have failed. And Biden seems unconcerned about spiking inflation, sure to hurt the lowest-income parts of American society.

Biden’s stumbles were on full display this week, in a televised interview with George Stephanopoulos, after which it was reported ABC edited long sections in order to keep hidden the worst of his befuddlement.

Besides word salads, Biden also claimed that horrific images out of Afghanistan, where the Taliban took power when he ordered U.S. troops out, were from four or five days ago, when they actually were from two days earlier.

When Stephanopoulos noted that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said such a disaster was predicted, Biden’s response was, “What – what did he say was predicted?”

So what failed, Mr. President? Stephanopoulos asked.

“Look, I don’t think it was a fa — look, it was a simple choice, George. When the — when the Taliban — let me back — put it another way. When you had the government of Afghanistan, the leader of that government get in a plane and taking off and going to another country, when you saw the significant collapse of the ta– of the– Afghan troops we had trained — up to 300,000 of them just leaving their equipment and taking off, that was — you know, I’m not– this — that — that’s what happened.”

Biden refused to admit that his own top military advisers warned against such a withdrawal.

He claimed there was no “good” time to leave.

“No one can name for me a time when this would end. And what– wha– wha– what– what constitutes defeat of the Taliban? What constitutes defeat? Would we have left then? Let’s say they surrender like before. OK. Do we leave then? Do you think anybody– the same people who think we should stay would’ve said, “No, good time to go”? We spent over $1 trillion, George, 20 years. There was no good time to leave.”

Biden also claimed, “No one’s being killed right now,” even though many fatalities already have been reported.

Stephanopoulos asked if the nation should “accept the idea” that an exit “was gonna be messy no matter what.”

Biden asked, “What would be messy?”

The president’s response when asked how history will view the U.S. experience in Afghanistan: “One that we overextended what we needed to do to deal with our national interest. That’s like my sayin’ they– they’re– they– they b– b– the border of Tajikistan– and– other– what– does it matter? Are we gonna go to war because of what’s goin’ on in Tajikistan? What do you think?”

Fox News said Biden was panned for his comments.

British media personality Piers Morgan said: “Biden’s failure to even admit to his catastrophic mistake, when the whole world has watched the disaster unfurl on live TV, is both breathtakingly arrogant & disturbingly delusional. He either doesn’t care or is in denial.”

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