Social media was lit up after a short video made the rounds this week revealing first lady Jill Biden leading Joe by the hand as he went down the stairs.
Biden had just talked during an event where he created a program aiming to lower deaths from cancer by up to half in the next 25 years, NBC News said.
Though Joe Biden made it through his comments without any issues, it was leaving that was the focus of the day thanks to the horrible optics of the first lady — seeming like a nurse in a white dress — leading the 79yo president away by the hand.
Maybe it is unfair to focus on just those few seconds when his gait was unstable and his wife was a little overbearing, but it is not as though the president has not had his share of problems while walking.
Just this past March, Joe Biden fell three times while going up the stairs into Air Force One, and other times he has wandered off without his wife there to give him gentle guidance.
Still, establishment news outlets pretend not to see this, even though they were all over it when former President Trump needed help going down a slippery ramp — once.
“Trump’s Walk Raises New Health Concerns,” The NY Times reported when Trump seemed to need just a little help.
Trump had spoke to the class at West Point in the blazing heat of the day, but the Times felt it important to chronicle the short walk and discuss what this meant for his fitness.
“The school’s superintendent, Lt. General Darryl A. Williams, walked beside him. Donald Trump sped up just a bit for the final steps, as he reached the bottom,” the outlet said, perhaps admitting that this was actually a non-story.
Trump later said there was no railing and that the ramp was slick, but the die was cast for the news media narrative, and then-candidate Joe Biden mocked him for it.
“Look at how he stepped and look at how I step,” Joe Biden said to reporters with a laugh. “Watch how I go up ramps and Trump stumbles down them. Come on.”
Trump and Biden are both older, and it would not be unreasonable for them to need some help from time to time.
However, the mainstream media are only interested in raising issues about fitness when there is a Republican president — never when it is a Democrat having a series of catastrophes.