We just got back from a cruise on the Majestic Princess traveling from San Pedro (Los Angeles) to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, and Cabo San Lucas. We had a wonderful time, but there was one thing that was strange. While at sea, the first day, we were told to set our clocks ahead one hour, to adjust to “ship time.” Now this was convenient, for the ship, but seldom consistent with the time zone in which we were actually traveling or sometimes the time zone on shore. Then on the way back to San Pedro, the captain asked us to change it back to California time. Right now, it is 8:02 am in California. In Puerto Vallarta it is 10:02 am. In Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas, it is 9:02 am. So, the Captain chose to change the clocks only once, regardless of the actual time zone. This worked fine on a cruise ship, but it also meant that for much of the trip, ship time was inconsistent with the time zone for the actual geographical location. I am not complaining, just explaining. It did drive us nuts trying to get our Apple Watches to show the right time.
Joe Biden gave us another example of daylight savings time. But this time, with a whole new meaning. There has been tremendous pressure on Biden to hold a real press conference. During the entire campaign and for most of his Presidency, he has been sheltered from the media and any tough questions. His few press appearances were largely staged, where he read off a Teleprompter, poorly, then if he answered any questions at all, they were from carefully selected reporters, with predetermined questions and rehearsed answers. He didn’t even do well during these events, but it was a lot better than what we saw during his full press conference.
While it is easy to cherry pick this and find occasions where Joe Biden appears to have gotten lost or where he gave confusing answers, that was not the biggest problem. The real problem is that many people got to see the real Joe Biden, without the filters, and few were impressed. His comments regarding Russia and Ukraine were so bad the White House has spent the last couple of days trying, and failing, to do damage control. The more they try to explain, the worse it gets.
People saw a Joe Biden who is not only not very impressive, but he is also a bitter and angry man with a delusional view of the real world. He literally cannot grasp the obvious fact that people are rejecting his policies. He cannot understand that the skyrocketing price of gas affects all of us, that inflation is real, and that the only thing we know for sure about COVID is that it has been grossly mismanaged. Nothing they have done has worked. We have all these people vaccinated, we destroyed our economy, we are paying people to stay home, we are forcing people to wear masks and forcing people to get a vaccine, which some of them feel is dangerous and others feel, for them, it is unnecessary. The latter group was right, by the way, the CDC reluctantly admitted that people who have had COVID and recovered have more protection from natural immunity than available from any vaccine. But most important he feels the need to demonize anyone who dares disagree with him.
Most people don’t realize that Bill Clinton had a worse first year in office than Biden. It was Bill Clinton’s performance that resulted in Newt Gingrich and the contract with America. But Bill Clinton, for all his faults, is not stupid. He realized that people were rejecting his policies, so he changed. As a result, he managed to stay in office for another seven years and by collaborating with Republicans rather than demonizing them, he managed to take credit for things actually done in spite of him.
But Joe Biden is not smart. He is not capable of learning from his mistakes. He is not even capable of recognizing mistakes which results in total incompetence. Harvard Business School did a study that showed that one fundamental problem is that “most incompetent people don’t realize they are incompetent, which is why they are incompetent in the first place.” Many of us have dealt with this personally, reporting to someone who is incompetent and who does not realize they are incompetent. It is difficult, if not impossible, for this situation to end well. After this “performance” a whole lot of people have been confronted with the reality of Joe Biden’s incompetence. Even the MSM, which loves some of his socialist ideas, has started to turn on him. They realize that their socialist dreams are going down the drain with him. Most of all, they realize he is hopelessly incompetent.
They often say it is darkest just before dawn. I think that is true today. For a long time, people were in the dark about the real Joe Biden. The MSM covered up for him and fawned over him and his staff was able to keep him under wraps most of the time, hiding the reality of this human disaster. But the darkest night is always followed by a new dawn. Joe Biden gave a press conference, primarily because he had no choice. He, predictably, botched it. But he also put himself in the direct sunlight where he was exposed for the entire world to see the reality of the real Joe Biden. The first step to solving any problem is understanding that there is a problem and to start working on a solution. We have now reached that point. Everyone knows that change is necessary. I call it “Daylight Savings Time.” There is a bright new dawn already on the way.