‘Very focused on details,’ Transportation Secretary Buttigieg defends President Biden despite slip-ups
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg defended President Biden's leadership amidst slip-ups and confusion over Ukraine and Iraq.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg came to the defense of President Biden after the commander-in-chief mistakenly confused Ukraine with Iraq on two separate occasions within a span of 12 hours.
When asked about concerns regarding Biden's age and slip-ups during an interview with CNN host Kaitlan Collins, Buttigieg emphasized the president's focus on both the big picture and the finer details.
Buttigieg stated, "Well, what I'd say is I wish you could be in a room with him, the way I often am, seeing how he is simultaneously focused on a big-picture vision and very focused on details. Look, this is an administration that has been extraordinarily effective." The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, further added, "One of the cases that I made, back when I was running for president at an unusually young age, is that the only thing that really matters is your ability to do the job."
Despite being the oldest president in US history, Biden announced his intention to run for re-election in 2024, leading to increasing questions about his mental acuity. If he were to serve a second term, Biden would be 86 years old by the end of it.
On one occasion, the 46th US President mistakenly stated, "Putin's clearly losing the war in Iraq," while speaking to reporters on the White House lawn. The previous night, during a fundraiser in Chevy Chase, Maryland, he made a similar error. Biden said, "If anybody told you... that we'd be able to bring all of Europe together in the onslaught on Iraq and get NATO to be completely united, I think they would have told you it's not likely."
Recently, the president faced online ridicule after walking off the set of a live MSNBC interview before the program could go to a commercial break, adding to the criticism surrounding his verbal missteps.
Buttigieg, however, argued that Americans should focus on the accomplishments of the Biden administration rather than getting caught up in the gaffes.
"At the end of the day, anybody, in any job, ought to be judged on the job that they're doing. And in just two and a half years, this administration, under President Biden's leadership, has delivered more than many presidencies have been able to do in four or even eight years."
While concerns about Biden's age and slip-ups persist, his supporters maintain that his ability to effectively carry out his duties as president should be the primary focus of assessment.