How long will Americans excuse Biden’s dead son sympathy ploy?
As noted by the New York Times, Biden once again evoked his deceased son Beau while addressing the families of Marines killed in the Kabul airport bombing He has been doing this for years. Even if it’s sincere, and it might me, it is a manipulative and unethical ploy. Al Gore was addicted to a similar routine, talking about his dead sister. Althouse nails the problem, writing,
“Biden needs to show people that he’s focused on the problems that beset us now and that he can do something to help us. To stand there offering up himself as an example of a person who has suffered doesn’t send a message of focus and competence. It’s a message that can be read as Hey, I’ve got problems of my own. Faced with parents of marines who’d just been killed, he said, essentially, my son died too….You might be tolerant of an old man who came up to you at your child’s funeral and wanted you to know how much he still hurts from the death of his child 6 years ago. It might be difficult, but you’d probably think something like, that poor old guy. But this poor old guy is President of the United States. He asked to be President of the United States, and by some strange twists of fate, he got what he said he wanted. And now everyone’s problems are his. He needs to act like someone who can handle all that. If he’s swallowed up in grief over his lost son — if he’s “haunted,” as the NYT headline has it — perhaps he should resign. …But it’s no wonder he’s lapsed into the misconception that “Beau” is a magic word. The press has propped him up so much — including with this “Invoking Beau” article.“
Beautiful: Althouse at her “Cruel Neutrality” best. I would only add that most elected Presidents have endured crushing tragedies before or during their Presidencies. Teddy Roosevelt had his mother and his first wife die in his home on the same night! His cousin Franklin was paralyzed at 39 by Guillain–Barré syndrome. Neither they nor the other Chief Executives with tragedies in their past repeatedly used them to political advantage.
This is yet another in the long, long, disgusting parade of hypocrisy in the wake of the political and journalistic mugging of Donald Trump for daring to defeat Hillary Clinton. Trump, was a con man, you see, and obviously not a nice guy, in contrast to Joe Biden, who is so “empathetic” that his reaction to the deaths of soldiers his ineptitude brought on is to focus on his own grief, while he shrugs off the fates of American he abandoned to face the Taliban.