Things are getting so bad for the Biden administration that even one-time defenders in the mainstream media are beginning to focus on the scandals and controversies plaguing the White House.
During a recent broadcast, CNN personality Brian Stelter cited an investigation into President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, as one reason that he should consider announcing that he will not seek another term in 2024. During an interview with first lady Jill Biden’s former press secretary, Stelter seemed to echo some of the criticism that conservatives have been voicing for years.
Michael LaRosa discounted the growing number of fellow Democrats who say that Biden should be a one-term president, adding: “I hope he runs. I know he’s going to run.”
When he claimed that he had not “heard a reason why” the widely unpopular president should forgo a re-election bid, Stelter was prepared.
“What about his son?” the host asked. “What about Hunter? Hunter is under federal investigation. Charges could be coming at any time. This is not just a right-wing media story. This is a real problem for the Bidens. Could he decide not to run for re-election, given his son?”
When Stelter asked LaRosa if he believes Biden has discussed the 2024 election with his family, LaRosa shot back that the president is too busy to worry about his own political future.
“The president is doing his work,” the Democratic operative said. “He’s not focused on that. It’s 19 months; why would he do that?”
The CNN host also brought up Biden’s advanced age, suggesting that it should have some bearing on the feasibility of another presidential campaign.
Biden would be 84 at the end of a second term and his frequent fumbles during public statements has led Americans on both sides of the aisle to express doubt about his cognitive and physical fitness for the demanding job.
Biden is getting good coverage for the successes of the last two weeks, but that hasn't changed the number of Democrats and party lawmakers who don't want him to run again and probably won't. Here's a look at why #Mediabuzz https://t.co/E2DQlbO7GO
— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) August 8, 2022
As journalist Peter Baker reported earlier this year, many fellow Democrats – including those serving in the administration – are clearly worried about the impact that Biden’s age could play in his ability to lead the country.
“He often shuffles when he walks and aides worry he will trip on a wire,” Baker wrote in July. “He stumbles over words during public events, and they hold their breath to see if he makes it to the end without a gaffe.”