Joe Biden, the president, like carrying cash with him to give to little children so they may buy ice cream, which is completely normal and not odd at all.
According to a laudatory piece by The Associated Press’ White House writer, Zeke Miller, who detailed a mission that is carried out by the campaigner “one hug and one selfie at a time,” all of this is a part of Biden’s “mission to connect” in the days running up to the midterm elections.
Miller says, “If President Joe Biden could greet every American this way, longtime allies say, his approval ratings would soar.”
See, Miller explains that Biden “has never been at his best in big speeches, where his delivery can be stilted, his stories sometimes meandering,” and that “the end of his speech that often marks the beginning of Biden’s favorite part of an event — the rope line, in the parlance of political operatives.”
“He whirls around, scans the crowd and zeroes in on his first target for a one-on-one connection.” the author writes.
A “small child” might be one of these “targets,” for instance.
“Biden likes to carry some cash so he can discretely slip kids a few dollars and encourage them to buy ice cream,” Miller adds, almost as an afterthought, before going on to provide a number of other fluff examples of the president’s use of the campaign strategy known as glad-handing, which he has “perfected through decades” of practice.
He has reportedly “perfected the selfie arm” as well.
But if you’re anything like me, you’re still stuck on the whole giving little kids money to buy ice cream thing. This is, at best, a bizarre appearance for a man who has been dubbed “Creepy Uncle Joe” and the subject of numerous unflattering YouTube montage of the same person cuddling women and youngsters to their frequently apparent awkward horror.
This, however, was part of the inflated image a former Biden “body man” tried to project for Miller’s completely nonpartisan report on the apparent virtues of the president’s fondness for schmoozing with people who voluntarily attend campaign events to hear him speak, as though this might actually be of interest to the voting public with a collapsing economy, dangers of nuclear war, and a crime-ridden, unprotected border.
“I’ve seen him comfort people who were in tears talking about their personal hardships, console somebody who’s recently been diagnosed with cancer, honor a veteran servicemember with a handshake and one of his challenge coins,” Stephen Goepfert, a former personal assistant, told the AP, “and also give a young person money for ice cream just for sitting through the speech — and all in the same rope line.”
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
President Biden indeed has a weird fondness for ice cream, children, and giving ice cream to children.
He’s fond of stopping to visit ice cream shops on the campaign trail or when he should otherwise be president-ing, he’s always petting and making awkward comments to children during these “rope lines” and other photo ops, and he said during a speech last year that he described as “boring, boring, boring” (yes, his own speech) that any children in attendance were owed ice cream. CONTINUE READING…