President Biden’s attendance at the Group of Seven (G7) nations conference over the weekend marked his first appearance on the world stage as “leader of the free world,” and from beginning to end he proved he wasn’t up to the job.
Even the group “family photo” depicted the differences between Biden and Trump.
In the 2017 photo, most of the other world leaders smiled and looked in Trump’s direction. In 2021, everyone appeared somber with their eyes focused forward.
Another difference: Trump was the only leader at the conference who refused to sign a climate agreement, knowing that it wasn’t in the U.S. interest.
Also setting him apart, while the others walked the 700 yards for the photo shoot, Trump arranged for a golf cart, proving he was indeed the leader of the free world.
French President Emmanuel Macron's welcoming remarks to Biden also distinguished the leader from the follower: “I think it's great to have a U.S. president part of the club and very willing to cooperate.”
Translation: they knew Biden will go along to get along; Trump did whatever was in America’s best interest.
Biden began a press briefing following the conference by referring to a list of reporters he had to call on for questions.
“Uh, sorry, I’m going to get in trouble with staff if I don’t do this the right way,” he said, before calling the first name on the staff-approved list.
Later, a reporter pressed Biden to conduct a joint press conference with Vladimir Putin during his meeting in Geneva this week with the Russian president.
Biden rejected the idea. After nervously laughing, he said, “this is not a contest about who can do better in front of a press conference or try to embarrass each other.”
Yet that’s exactly what he’d claimed at the same press conference — that the United States was engaged in “a contest.”
“I think we’re in a contest with autocratic governments around the world,” he said.
Although he specifically referred to China, there’s little doubt that Russia is also an “autocratic government.”
Also on the subject of this week’s talks with Putin, he repeatedly referred to problems in Libya when he actually meant Syria.
When Biden addressed U.S. Air Force personnel at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk shortly after he arrived in England, he implied that he wouldn’t press Putin very hard when they meet.
He told them that after the G7 “I’m heading to meet with Mr. Putin ... to let him know what I want him to know.”
“What I want him to know”? How about “what I want him to do,” such as keep his troops out of Ukraine?
At the close of the conference, a reporter wanted to ask one more question. After Biden once again said that he would “get in trouble with staff,” the reporter asked about sanctions on European steel and aluminum imports.
"You have repeatedly said that America is back,” the reporter began. “At the same time, you have kept in play some Trump-era steel and aluminum sanctions. I wanted to ask you, when you are having these conversations with European allies who are very concerned about these sanctions, how do you justify that?”
Biden interrupted and wearily said, "120 days, give me a break, need time,” then walked away as reporters continued pelting him with questions.
He needs more time? Biden did nothing during his first months in office but sign executive orders reversing Trump-era policies.
Also, one year ago almost to the day, Biden said, “I'm ready on day one.” He obviously didn’t really mean “day one.”
Finally, he spent the last 47 years immersed in Washington politics — eight of them at the top level of the executive branch. And he’s not ready yet?
At a round table discussion among all the leaders Biden embarrassed himself immediately after U.K. Prime MinisterBoris Johnson recognized two new participants.
“… welcome to those who just joined us… President Ramaphosa (of South Africa), President Moon (of South Korea)…”
Biden demonstrated why he earned the moniker “sleepy Joe” from his predecessor when he proudly added, “and the president of South Africa!”
Johnson agreed, saying, “And the president of South Africa as … I said.”
“Oh, you did?” Biden asked, apparently confused.
“I certainly did,” the prime minister replied as he used his hand to “shush” Biden and the others burst into laughter.
Shortly after Biden was sworn into office, he remarked that he enjoyed keeping fires going in the Oval Office fireplace, and that he would occasionally throw another log on the fire. Maybe it’s time to take the matches away from the commander-in-chief.
British troops set the White House ablaze in 1814. It would be pretty embarrassing if our own president did the same in 2021.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. Read Dorstewitz's Reports — More Here.
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