There are some vids out there, like with Biden telling everyone to wear a mask, then walking away from the podium without one and shaking peoples' hands. There are others where he seems to forget what he's doing. Then there are all of the decisions he's making that one could fairly posit are being made by someone else. Then there's the fact that he's not having press conferences. Then there's this: www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9324401/Biden-cut-end-virtual-meeting-says-hes-happy-questions.html
Introduced by Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker, Biden spoke about the COVID-19 relief bill, which is currently being fought over in Congress.
He explained why it was so essential, and urged Democrats to make the case to their constituents.
'I'm happy to take questions, if that's what I'm supposed to do, Nance,' he says.
'Whatever you want me to do.'
The feed then cuts off.
You know what this remains me of? A Star Trek episode, Patterns of Force...
FYI, Patterns of Force is the Star Trek episode where a Federation guy--Gil something--introduces Nazism to a planet to help their culture because Nazism is "efficient." Pretty soon, he's just a figurehead, as one of the planet's natives is actually running things and, in fact, goes full Nazi.*
* You may all realize this, already.But I wanted to make sure my reference was understood.
"Joe will be kept comfortable. He will be resuscitated if I wish, and then a discussion will ensue between me and my doctor about how we should move forward in the most humane way possible. In the end, this must always be the woman's choice, and I will make this choice privately between me and my doctor."
Lol, that reminds me of a bit from the parody book Bored of the Rings. After the battle for Minas Troney, the good guys are having a victory party, except the Aragorn character, who is "healing" the Faramir character. Aragorn is a claimant to the throne of Gondor, while Faramir would--if not for Aragorn--be in charge of Gondor, with the death of his brother and father. Aragorn comes to the party:
The hundreds of guests paused in their repast. Before them stood Arrowroot, still in his apron, covered mask to boot with gore. One hand was swathed in bandages and he bore a nastylooking mouse under one eye.
"Vas ist?" said Eorache. "Vhere ist der handsome Farahslaxer?"
"Alas," the Ranger sighed, "Farahslax is no more. I tried mightily to heal his wounds, but it was in vain. His hurts were many and sore."
"Vhat vas der matter mit him?" sobbed the Roi-Tanner. "He vas fine vhen ye left."
"Terminal abrasions and contusions," said Arrowroot, sighing again, "with complications. His cuticles were completely severed, poor soul. Never had a chance."
"I could have sworn he didn't have more than a bump on hish head,"muttered Legolam under the cover of his sleeve.
"Aye," replied Arrowroot, shooting the elf a withering glance, "so it might seem to one unschooled in the art of healing. But that bump, that fatal bump, 'twas his downfall. 'Twas water on the brain. 'Tis ninety-percent fatal. Forced I was to amputate. Sad, very sad."
Arrowroot strode to his folding chair, his face lined with care. As if by some prearranged signal some disreputablebooking Brownies leapt to their feet and shouted, "The last Steward is no more! All hail Arrowroot of Arrowshirt, King of Twodor hail!"
Stomper touched his hatbrim in humble acknowledgment of Twodor's new allegiance, and Eorache, seeing which way the wind was blowing, threw her brawny arms around the new King with a creditable squeal of delight. The rest of the guests, either confused or drunk, echoed the cheers with a thousand voices.
When President Donald Trump walked slowly down a ramp at West Point in June 2020, CNN told its viewers that "President Trump is facing some new questions about his health after an unsteady walk down a ramp," the New York Times proclaimed "Trump’s Halting Walk Down Ramp Raises New Health Questions" and the Washington Post offered headlines like "Trump tries to explain his slow and unsteady walk down a ramp at West Point" and "‘Like a baby deer on a frozen pond’: Late-night hosts mock Trump over ‘Ramp-gate’." Fox News mentioned it twice in the following days, while CNN and MSNBC both mentioned it six times.
In contrast, when Biden stumbled several times on the Air Force One stairs on Friday, American media largely ignored the event, even as the foreign press covered it. The New York Times dismissed it as "Biden is ‘doing 100 percent fine’ after tripping while boarding Air Force One," The Hill offered that "Biden '100 percent' fine after stumble on Air Force One steps, aide says" and the Washington Post stated only that "Biden stumbles climbing stairs to Air Force One." On television news, neither CNN nor MSNBC mentioned the incident, while Fox mentioned it 16 times.
I've always enjoyed this sorts of pushbacks, when it comes to racism, sexism, and many other bigotries. Because the framing is always that "aggrieved group X is as good as dominant group Y at any given thing," yet aggrieved group X will always hold fast to any perceived superiority in other things.
Biden's statement basically asserts this as absolutely true: women can do anything as a man, and can do some things better than a man, ipso facto women are superior to men.