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White House Frightened Bien Will ‘Say Something Stupid’ If He Did Super Bowl Interview, New York Time Reporter Says

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A New York Times reporter has sounded the alarm on President Joe Biden after he refused to do an interview at the Super Bowl again.

David Brook spoke to “PBS Newshour” on the eve of the Super Bowl and after the Special Counsel report on President Biden’s handling of classified documents, when he said the White House staff is frightened that the president would “say something stupid.”

“But let me ask you about this, David, because what you did see, as you both mentioned, President Biden come out in a fiery press conference last night, and he referenced specifically one of the mentions that counsel Hur made about him, his failure to remember when his son Beau died,” host Amna Nawaz said.

“Have a listen to how the president responded,” before playing the clip of the president.

“How in the hell dare he raise that?” the president said.

“Frankly, when I was asked the question, I thought to myself, it wasn’t any of their damn business. I don’t need anyone to remind me when he passed away,” he said to end the clip before the host began to speak again.

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“David, the White House used the word gratuitous. Was it?” she said.

“Two-thirds. I think the special counsel used — talked about the age because his job is to think through how a jury would think. And the argument was, a jury would not convict the guy because they think he’d be a well-intentioned guy with memory problems,” the reporter said.

“Nonetheless, prosecutors are also not allowed to insult people who they don’t charge, because they — the people they’re insulting don’t get their day in court to fight back. And so there — this is prosecutorial standards, and I think he sort of very much flirted or went over the line on that,” he said.

“On the age issue, I think it’s a perfectly legitimate issue. Listen, I have been interviewing Joe Biden for 30 years. He’s not as quick as he was. I say he was a pitcher used to do it throw 94 now throws 87. So the age is a factor, and you got to think, it’s 86, he will be if he’s reelected.

“It’s a totally legitimate issue. His staff seems to think it’s a legitimate issue, because they act like he has a big problem. I was stunned that he turned down the Super Bowl interview for the second year in a row this time. Your guy is behind. You have a chance for an easy interview to talk to tens of millions of people, and you turn it down because they’re so cautious, the staff thinks he will say something stupid,” the reporter said.

“Now, my own personal opinion, based on my own direct contact and my reporting, is that his judgment is — his memory may sometimes slip, but his judgment is good. And he absolutely runs the White House. He’s in charge of that administration. He’s completely sharp enough to do that.

“But will he be able to do that in five years? I think it’s a legitimate issue for voters to think about,” he said.

Even some Democrats are concerned about the president’s cognitive ability.

Democratic strategist Paul Begala, a CNN contributor, believes that President Joe Biden’s press conference after Special Counsel Robert Hur released his report on his handling of classified documents, was a disaster.

It came during a panel discussion with CNN anchors John Berman and John Avalon, who has announced his departure from the network.

“Well, how much democratic bedwetting do you think there will be? I bring up the term (inaudible),” Berman said.

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“It’s a political term of art, John,” Avalon said.

“It is used in democratic being de-politics, is what people say about Democrats. I’m not say anything offensive to Paul’s,” Berman said.

“Delicate sense,” Avalon said.

“Delicate ears. So, how much of that will there be? And if you are the White House, how do you assuage said bedwetting?” Berman said before Begala chimed in.

“Oh yes. Look, I’m a Biden supporter. I slept like a baby last night. I woke up every two hours crying and wet the bed. This is terrible for Democrats, and anybody with a functioning brain knows that. But here’s what you do, instead of calling a press conference saying I really am sharp, you attack the other guy,” the Democrat strategist said.

“You know, the Joe Biden gave the strategy in 2012. He was, I remember, he was vice president, and he said don’t compare us to the Almighty compares to the alternative. So everything was Biden has to be not I’m great but the other guy’s really damaging, dangerous, a threat,” he said.

“You know, the — this is an — John is exactly right, right? This is going to be a really rough, ugly, unpleasant campaign. Look at years ago, David Duke, the former Klansmen, was running for governor against Edwin Edwards, who had been charged, indicted, convicted of any number of criminals. Edwin won the campaign with a bumper sticker that said, vote for the crook. It’s important. And they’re going to tell Democrats, look, both for the old guy, support the old guy. It’s important…,” he said.

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