In a move that should surprise no one, Joe Biden will not be attending the Tokyo Olympics as a representative of American leadership.
The Japanese outlet The Yomiuri Shimbun is reporting that Biden will skip the ceremonies, even though it is typical of American leadership to attend such events. The Biden administration is instead looking to send First Lady Jill Biden in his stead.
This is also unsurprising, considering that Mrs. Biden has been confusingly “filling in” for Mr. Biden in many diplomatic instances. A social media post showing her “preparing” for the G7 Summit caused many to ask exactly why the unelected wife of the president would be preparing to do his job.
RedState‘s “Bonchie” reported on the strange incident, giving his own opinion as to what was really going on there.
I’m not sure how it hasn’t dawned on me before, but I think I have the reason figured out behind this campaign to make Jill Biden seem so presidential – I think she’s going to run for president.
Really, just hear me out. We know that Jill Biden is nakedly ambitious at a level we haven’t seen since Hillary Clinton, whose presidential run we are all familiar with. She drug her husband through a deeply uncomfortable 2020 presidential campaign that he was clearly not physically and mentally up for. As president, things have only gotten worse for Joe Biden, yet Jill Biden’s ambition has hardly slowed down. Rather, she’s seemingly put herself ahead of Vice President Kamala Harris when it comes to assignments and publicity.
That leads me to the next aspect of this – Jill Biden hates Kamala Harris. Just a few weeks ago, it came out that the First Lady had dropped obscenities during the 2020 campaign to describe Harris’ behavior in trying to paint Jill Biden as a racist. Since then, you’ve hardly ever seen Jill Biden appear with Kamala Harris. And while Harris is given cleanup duty in Guatemala with the disaster at the border hung around her neck, Jill Biden remains unscathed, headed to the G7 to apparently play a major role. I don’t think that’s a coincidence.
The Yomiuri Shimbun also indicated that Mrs.Biden may fill in at the Olympics for her husband, as she is already preparing for a diplomatic trip to Japan to meet with their Prime Minister.
The Japanese and U.S. governments are making arrangements for a visit to Japan by U.S. first lady Jill Biden that would coincide with the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on July 23, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.
The two sides are looking into having the first lady attend the opening ceremony as well as meet with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and other officials during her stay, according to sources.
U.S. President Joe Biden himself will not be attending the ceremony, but the dispatching of his wife in his place sends a message of the importance of the relationship with Japan.
I’m sure that Japanese media has no other choice but to frame it as an honor that the American President would send his wife in his place. However, the reality is that it is more of a diplomatic dismissal than an honor.
Mrs. Biden is not an official representative of the American people, and while her presence as a wife is always a welcome addition to a presidential visit, her importance ends there. She has no mandate, has not earned one vote and has no official power in the governing decisions of the United States of America. It is in fact an insult to diplomatic relations, and my years of experience in reporting on politics tells me that inside Prime Minister Suga’s office, his aides and representatives most likely do not view this as a unique honor.
Of course, given Mrs. Biden’s increasing presence on the diplomatic scene, it is becoming increasingly obvious that she is filling in for him more and more — not because he doesn’t want to go to these types of events alone, but because he can’t.
Let’s just be honest about that.