Put yourself in his shoes: inflation is worsening, murderous shootings are multiplying, the right to bear arms is expanding and abortion is suddenly banned after half a century of legalization. Joe Biden flew to Europe yesterday. He really needed one interruption.
But it’s certainly not vacation, these visits to Germany, then to Spain. In Bavaria he will work with his G7 colleagues to consolidate what the White House has persistently presented as “unwavering support for a democratic, sovereign and prosperous Ukraine”.
In other words, the war effort against Russia continues. A war responsible for a global energy and food crisis to which the leaders of the seven most industrialized countries will also seek solutions.
Then, starting Tuesday, in Madrid, the American President will find his NATO partners. On the agenda, of course, is Ukraine, but also the dangers of climate change and cyber threats. heavy files.
DISHAPPY, THE AMERICANS
With all these challenges ahead, times are tough for Joe Biden. Earlier this week, pollster Gallup found that the president’s approval rating was 41% in June, down just one point year-to-date.
Even more depressing, only 13% of Americans say they are happy with the direction the country is going; a bad mood Gallup hasn’t picked up on in the mid-election years since 1974. It doesn’t bode well for Democrats next November.
In the twilight of the depression, the knives begin to come out: “Biden is too old…uninspiring…lost”. Less than two weeks ago, the New York Times described him as a burden on elected and Democratic officials, who were increasingly open about their skepticism about his ability to save the party.
A few days later the influential magazine The Atlantic was even more coy, answering his own question “Why wouldn’t Biden run again in 2024?” » : he is too old.
THE PRESIDENTIAL, IT USES
Mark Leibovich, the author of the commentary in The Atlantic, rightly recalls – I have witnessed this many times – that “there is nothing like the presidency of the United States to accelerate the aging process”. A reality that can be easily documented by photographs juxtaposed by the Presidents in the first days and then at the very end of their term. Look at Obama’s face if you doubt it.
In less than 150 days, Joe Biden will be 80 years old. The United States has never had such an old man at its head. No wonder the names set to replace him are from a younger generation, and in one instance one of them is half his age (Pete Buttigieg).
However, Republicans are in no better position. If Donald Trump decides to run again and wins the 2024 presidential election, he will be 78 years old when he is sworn in. On this side, too, the youngest are agitated … also in view of Trump. I may be wrong, but I can feel it slowly rising, the wind of change.