Amid plummeting approval ratings and unrelenting crises less than one year into his term, President Joe Biden attempted to take solace among a group of friendly children in Connecticut on Friday during an event at which he made the bizarre – and indeed shocking – declaration on camera that he likes “kids better than people,” as the New York Post reports.
Visiting the Capitol Child Development Center in Hartford to tout the family welfare aspects of his Build Back Better spending proposals, Biden was greeted by preschool-aged youngsters and even offered a hug to one of the assembled youth as nearby protesters shouted their complaints about immigration policy and other matters.
While addressing the journalists and others in attendance at the event, the president seemed to acknowledge the rowdy voices of complaint in the crowd, but also made a rather unusual observation by saying, “When I talked to all your folks out on the playground, I joked that everybody knows I like kids better than people,” likely causing logical people to wonder what – if not people – the commander in chief actually considers children to be.
Amazingly, Biden has used this same, head-scratching line more than once, as the U.S. Sun reported earlier this year that during a CNN Town Hall special hosted by Anderson Cooper, the president referenced the network personality’s likely desire to remain home with his infant son, saying, “I get it. No, no, everybody knows I like kids better than people.”
Biden’s baffling statements are just part of a pattern in which he has exhibited startlingly jumbled thinking when it comes to the country’s youngest citizens, as the then-candidate oddly opined back in 2019 that “poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids,” a gaffe which prompted then-President Donald Trump to suggest that his opponent was “not playing with a full deck.”
A further illustration of Biden’s seemingly strange thoughts and interactions with youngsters also came in 2019 when he recounted his days as a lifeguard and the way in which kids at the pool used to enjoy playing with the light-colored hairs on his legs.
“By the way, you know, I sit on the stand and it’d get hot. I got a lot of – I got hairy legs that turn blonde in the sun,” Biden began, adding, “And the kids used to come up and reach in the pool and rub my leg down so it was straight and then watch the hair come back up again. …I love kids jumping on my lap.”
This can’t be real life…
— Tim Murtaugh (@TimMurtaugh) December 1, 2019
Whether Biden’s musings about the kids in Hartford and elsewhere were simply the ramblings of an out-of-touch politician long past his prime, or more sad evidence of someone in serious cognitive decline, neither explanation is one that gives much cause for optimism about the leadership abilities of our current president.