by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
At the beginning of last month, Zeke Miller of the Associated Press offered an unusual report that the White House was facing its own version of the “Great Resignation,” and trying to cope with a lot of staff turnover:
“The administration is undergoing a period of unusually high staff turnover as President Joe Biden nears 18 months in office. Long hours, low morale and relatively low pay are taking a toll on both the ranks of the senior staff and the more numerous junior aides who keep the White House functioning.” …
… Has Biden’s advance team had a lot of turnover lately? Are any untrained rookies making big decisions, like where the president should give his speeches?
The image at the top of this post is from President Biden’s speech today at the site of the former Brayton Point power plant in Somerset, Mass. The president could have announced his climate-change initiatives anywhere, but for some reason, the White House staff chose to fly to Massachusetts and use a rubble-strewn empty lot that looks like it was cut out of the opening credits of The Sopranos because it was too depressing.
Why? Who thought this was a good idea? Which White House staffer chose to have Biden discussing how much he cares about the environment from an empty lot that looks like it’s where the mob dumps bodies?
A lot of people on social media will focus on Biden’s eye-popping misstatement “that’s why I have cancer” — he meant he had cancer, in the form of several localized, non-melanoma skin cancers removed with Mohs surgery before he started his presidency. But we’re used to Biden misstating things and not speaking clearly. Yet the White House advance team is now either phoning it in and not caring about the visuals of the president’s statements, or they do care and they just have terrible judgment.
Either way, Biden’s team . . . is just not that good.