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A recent survey reveals that the majority of people are still anxious about President Joe Biden’s ability to serve as president despite First Lady Jill Biden’s assurances to funders that “nothing” can hold him down.
“Nothing can slow him down and now he’s ready to finish the job,” Jill Biden said at fundraisers in Minnesota and Tennessee over the weekend, where donors gave millions of dollars to Biden’s re-election effort.
“The president is coming off a series of stumbles: he tumbled at the Air Force Academy and had a near fall in Hiroshima when he tripped on a set of stairs earlier this month. And a new NBC News poll shows voters remain concerned if President Biden, 80, has the stamina to complete another four years in office,” the Daily Mail reported.
“The poll found that 68 percent are concerned that Biden does not possess the ‘necessary mental and physical health to be president’ while 32 percent said that they have minor or no concerns. Additionally, it found that 60 percent are concerned about Biden ‘being re-elected and serving another four years as president’ while 40 percent are not concerned,” the outlet added.
Jill Biden has been playing an outsized role in her husband’s administration, mostly to protect him, according to a new report.
Sources claimed that Jill Biden is wielding quite a bit of influence over President Joe Biden’s decisions as she participates directly in vetting administration officials, sitting in meetings, protecting her husband from long events, and many other duties that appear to shield her husband from handling too much on his own.
“Jill Biden’s reported influence in the White House comes as Joe Biden has been scrutinized for being led off stage by the first lady, and appearing to be physically led away from reporters’ questions. Jill Biden has been appearing frequently at public events and plans to hit the campaign trail going into the 2024 election,” the Financial Times reported.
The Guardian reported similar details in a separate report, noting that Jill Biden is “running the show” behind the scenes:
Behind the scenes, First Lady Jill Biden might be running the show. In an interview with David Muir, President Biden was asked about a second run, and he joked, “I gotta call [Jill] and find out.” He was kidding, but there is some truth behind his wife’s influence. A former senior adviser told Politico, “She is always his final gut check.” As of April 2023, the president officially made his re-election bid. He released a campaign video where his wife can be spotted embracing the vice president, speaking out, and politicking on the campaign trail.
A former advisor to the Head of State shared, “She is usually in the room when senior campaign staff is presenting a strategy to her husband. She will ask questions. But she never weighs in on the decision.”
“The first lady, Jill Biden, encouraged her husband to seek a second term. According to the president’s senior advisers, he will often consider her opinion before making final decisions on official matters. She is also expected to play a large role on the campaign trail as Biden faces backlash for his family. A career educator, she offers a perspective over GOP fights about book bans and other policies in schools and has served as a connection to suburban voters, particularly women,” the outlet added.
This comes as another poll last week found that President Biden’s net approval rating decreased by over four points in the first half of 2023, and the news just keeps getting worse.
An Echelon Insights survey of 472 likely Democrat voters found that a whopping one-third said they would support another candidate other than President Joe Biden in a Democratic primary ahead of the 2024 election.
Other recent polls have found similar results, with things going so badly for the Biden administration that some Democrats want someone else in 2024.
“The analysis indicates Biden has gone from a net approval rating of -8.0 on January 1 to -11.9 on June 27, a fall of 3.9 points. However, he hasn’t fallen to the level of his lowest point, when he had an approval rating of -19.7 in July 2022, according to data from the polling analysis website FiveThirtyEight,” Newsweek reported.
“In April, Biden formally announced he is seeking a second term in the White House, with polling showing he is the firm frontrunner to be the Democrats’ 2024 presidential candidate, potentially setting up a rematch against Donald Trump. Thus Biden’s personal popularity is likely to play a key role in determining who serves as president from January 2025 onwards,” the outlet added.
A separate poll found Biden’s job approval is stagnant and Vice President Kamala Harris has a low approval rating as the 2024 election creeps closer.