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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre may have the toughest job in the entire United States and it keeps getting tougher.
This week she had to stand in front of the White House Press Corps and explain why her elderly boss, President Joe Biden, fell again.
“So, the President had the fall yesterday. The White House has said that he’s fine. Was he checked out by a doctor? What was that examination like? What was the result of that?” a reporter said to the press secretary during her briefing on Friday.
“So, just want to just remind everybody what the President was in Colorado Springs for yesterday. He was there to — to offer his thanks to the dedicated brave women and — men and women who were graduating and about to serve in the Air Force. And he was proud — very proud to shake the hands of more than 900 of them beforehand,” she said as she began to do her best to convince the press that everything was normal.
“So, I just want to make sure that we are aware: As Commander-in-Chief, that is why he was there. And he was incredibly proud to do so.
“And just to — just, you know, make sure we clear the record here: He tripped over a bag — a sandbag on the stage and — briefly; he tripped and got up. And he — he got — got right back up and continued — continued what he was there to do,” she said as she continued to stumble on her words.
“He did not — he — there was no need for the doctor to see him, as it was related to the fall. And he’s doing fine,” the press secretary said.
“You saw — most of — some of you saw him last night when he returned, getting off Marine One on the South Lawn. He spoke to this. So, I would refer you back to his comments. And so, I’ll just leave it there,” she said.
But it is not just his falling, but also his mental acuity that many people question.
President Joe Biden was raked over the coals online after he failed to acknowledge the correct number of granddaughters he has, with several critics suggesting that he did so on purpose.
On Friday, while hosting the national champion Louisiana State University women’s basketball team at the White House, Biden praised the team’s victory as well as “women’s sports” in general, though most Democrats support allowing biological men to compete in all-female events.
“The way in which women’s sports has come along is just incredible. And you’re changing, uh, it’s not just in sports, it’s across the board in every single thing,” Biden said in addressing the team.
“It’s really neat to see since I’ve got four granddaughters,” he added.
In fact, Biden has five granddaughters; first son Hunter Biden fathered a child out of wedlock during a short relationship with a former Washington, D.C.-area stripper who has since taken him to court over financial support for the now-four-year-old girl who he first attempted to deny.
A lab test has confirmed that Hunter Biden is the little girl’s father. In January, he asked a judge to bar the granddaughter from using his surname.
The request was filed with the court on Jan. 6, according to reports, just a few weeks after the mother, Lunden Roberts, filed a petition to change the surname of the child, who currently goes by Navy Joan Roberts.
Lunden, 31, who is raising the couple’s daughter in Arkansas, filed her petition in December amid a continuing paternity lawsuit over child support payments that had been adjusted due to Biden’s “financial circumstances,” which he said had undergone “substantial, material change.”
Though Biden claims the name change would harm the couple’s daughter, her mother argued that it would actually be beneficial to her because it is “now synonymous with being well educated, successful, financially acute and politically powerful.”