Former White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, made quite the statement during a panel discussion about President Biden’s age and health. She boldly argued that the presence of elderly members of Congress has a detrimental impact on Biden’s chances of reelection. Sounds like Psaki wants a younger and more “in touch” Congress to run the show!
Psaki, now an MSNBC host, didn’t hold back when asked if the presence of aging politicians like Dianne Feinstein and Mitch McConnell hurt the President’s prospects. She downright declared that it “unquestionably hurts.” Apparently, Psaki believes Americans can’t relate to these “old and white” lawmakers, who she claims are disconnected from the experiences and lives of ordinary citizens. Who knew being old meant you couldn’t understand the struggles of the common folk?
Of course, Psaki acknowledged that not all old politicians are the same. After all, every elderly person has their unique health challenges, don’t they? But according to her, the age factor is undoubtedly a bad look for Washington. She even cited a Washington Post column by David Ignatius, which argues that President Biden’s advanced age should disqualify him from running in 2024. But Psaki brushed off this argument, suggesting that it’s merely the dinner party chatter of elites in Washington, not something that really concerns the American people.
Psaki’s cavalier attitude towards the concerns of everyday Americans is remarkable. She dismissively waved off a recent CBS News and YouGov survey, which found that only 34 percent of registered voters believe Biden would complete a second term if elected, while 44 percent think he’d leave office early. It seems like the majority of Americans do indeed have concerns about Biden’s age and ability to fulfill his duties as President for a full term. But hey, who cares about what the people think when you can just brush it off as irrelevant dinner party talk?
Psaki’s remarks reflect a larger problem within the liberal elite circles. They seem to have a condescending view towards older politicians and the concerns of everyday Americans. They want a Congress that looks and thinks like them, disregarding the wisdom and experience older politicians bring to the table. It’s clear that Psaki conveniently forgets that age does not define someone’s ability to lead or understand the needs of the American people.
So, according to Psaki, the presence of older politicians in Congress is an obstacle to Biden’s reelection. But maybe it’s time for her to take a step back and realize that the real obstacle is the disconnect between the liberal elites and the millions of Americans who don’t fit into their narrow view of what Washington should look like. Age is just a number, and it’s about time Psaki and her cohorts stop obsessing over it and start focusing on real issues that matter to all Americans.