Hey, life’s a beach, man.
President Biden lounged on Rehoboth Beach on Sunday while the city of Lahaina on the island of Maui still smoked, and photos of the once-idyllic paradise showed a charred wasteland.
The grim imagery, the unbelievable loss of life, the haunting, sickening realization that the news would only get worse as the days passed: it would have moved any Stoic to tears.
But not the beach bum Biden.
Old Joe spent hours lounging in his deck chair, getting vitamin D and living out one of those cheesy “beach life” mottos you see painted on driftwood.
When asked about the rising death toll from the country’s deadliest wildfire in a century, he coldly replied, “No comment,” reported Bloomberg White House correspondent Justin Sink tweeted a picture by Biden relaxing on the sandy beach looking like Chris Christie in his infamous 2017 Beachgate scandal.
At that point, an incredible 96 souls had been lost and many more are still missing.
When Biden returned to Washington Monday, he avoided reporters altogether.
What kind of person doesn’t just have a compassionate feeling to share? What kind of leader can’t take a moment to share a message of hope, heartache, and support?
Joe Biden, that’s him. The same man often portrayed by our lapdog media as the patron saint of compassion: Mother Teresa of the Beltway.
A flattering 2021 op-ed piece in The Washington Post on his response to COVID said our “commander in mourning” had a “superpower”: empathy.
Well, it seems he’s encountered a kind of kryptonite: his true self.
Given his lifetime of plagiarism and ridiculous lies, including claiming that the other driver involved in the fatal accident of his wife and daughter was drunk, and his support for gay marriage from his high school days, I don’t think he was ever the good guy Old sensitive Uncle Joe was sold into the country.
In 2020, Biden claimed to be a healer, a unifier and a salve to our broken nation. What a farce.
At 80, he’s clearly too old and too tired to keep up the farce of decency.
Instead of reaching out to the traumatized people of Maui, the president said give an opinion on social media: “As the residents of Hawaii mourn the loss of life and devastation that has happened to their beautiful home, we mourn with them. As I said before, not only are our prayers with those affected, but whatever assets we have will be available to them.”
This kind of dismissive, callous behavior is not unique to Biden.
The families of 13 US soldiers killed in an ISIS suicide bombing during the disastrous pullout from Afghanistan gathered at a forum organized by Rep. Darrell Issa in California this month.
Cheryl Rex, whose son Marine Lance Cpl. Dylan Merola died in the Kabul bombing on August 26, 2021, recounting an agonizing account of her meeting with Biden that showcased his unique ability.
“His words to me were, ‘My wife Jill and I know how you feel. “We also lost our son and brought him home in a coffin decorated with flags,” Rex said. “My heart started beating faster and I started shaking knowing that her son had died of cancer and that they could be by his side.”
That is neither empathy nor leadership. It’s unbridled narcissism.
Marine Sgt. Tyler Vargas-Andrews, who lost his right arm and leg in the blast, recalled Biden attempting to shake his nonexistent hand and immediately reaching out to his son Beau.
When the February train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, led to a poison spill and the evacuation of the small town, Biden didn’t think showing his face was important enough.
Instead, he traveled to Ukraine to visit President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
“That was the biggest slap in the face,” Mayor Trent Conaway told Fox News at the time, adding, “It shows he doesn’t care about us right now.”
Empathy is Politics 101. No one can forget George W. Bush, standing atop the smoldering, twisted heap of twin towers after 9/11.
Holding a megaphone, he addressed the terrified and shocked New Yorkers: “I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you. And the people who demolished these buildings will all hear us soon.”
“Conversely, Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina damaged his legacy.”
Remember the faux horror when Melania Trump wore a jacket that read, “I really don’t care, do I?” when she visited the border? Although she said the message was for the media, the visuals were wrong and everyone from Vogue to CNN had a hunch.
Well, maybe Melania left the jacket at the White House and Biden packed it for his next trip — to Lake Tahoe. Yes, instead of heading to Maui, he’s heading to Nevada later this week for some more fun and sun.
Screw the survivors of Lahaina, desperate for loved ones and who need to be told “I can hear you” more than ever: Mr. Empathy has a vacation planned.