Thursday, July 11, 2024

Revealed: Biden's Staff Spends Most of Their Time Training Him to Walk; Staff Provides Biden With Instructions ‘on how to enter and exit a room’

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Revealed: Biden's Staff Spends Most of Their Time Training Him to Walk::
Precisely how meticulously do Joe Biden's staffers plan his public appearances? We have a better idea now that an "event template" that is sent to staffers has been leaked to Axios and other media outlets. To put it mildly, the planning required just to get Biden onto a stage and behind a podium is ridiculous and resembles the type of instructions you would need to give to a kindergartener getting ready for a class play. The instructions given to Biden include large photographs with minimal words, showing where he is when he receives them and where he needs to walk. Some have suggested that these cue cards are just the work of "a meticulous staff," but this level of detail makes it clear that the recipient of the instructions literally needs help to navigate his way across an empty space of twenty or thirty feet.
For his events, President Biden's staffers prepare a short document with large print and photos that include his precise path to a podium, according to an event template the White House sends to staffers.

Why it matters: Since the June 27 debate, some Democrats who've attended and helped set up Biden events have wondered whether his team's focus on minute details were to obscure the 81-year-old president's limitations — rather than just a reflection of a meticulous staff.

"I staffed a simple fundraiser at a private residence, but they treated it like it was a NATO summit with his movements," according to a person who staffed a Biden event in the past 18 months.

Driving the news: Before a presidential event, the White House sends event staffers a document to emulate when preparing their own materials for the president.
When staffers are preparing an elected official for a public appearance, it's totally understandable that they would include some key points to keep in mind. Presidents in particular usually go to a number of events (not so much these days) and there are plenty of issues and personalities involved. They might remind him of key, influential members of the audience that should be greeted and recent, relevant data that might support the points they are hoping to drive across. --->READ MORE HERE
AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta
Staff provides Biden with instructions ‘on how to enter and exit a room’:
Staffers for President Biden use large print and photos to provide him with directions and a planned path of entry ahead of events, according to a report.
Documents obtained by Axios on Sunday reveal the various methods employed by the president’s team, including specific guidance on how to reach the podium at functions.
The report emerges amid ongoing questions regarding Mr. Biden’s fitness for office, following a challenging debate performance on June 27 against former President Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee.
“It surprised me that a seasoned political pro like the president would need detailed verbal and visual instructions on how to enter and exit a room,” an anonymous staffer, who assisted at a Biden event in the past 18 months, told Axios.
The staffer elaborated, “I staffed a simple fundraiser at a private residence, but they treated it like it was a NATO summit with his movements.”
According to Axios, the White House prepares a template for event staffers to follow as part of the president’s “advance work.” The template reportedly includes large photos of the event space with big text labels such as “View from podium” and “View from audience.” Additionally, it features separate photos labeled “Walk to the podium.” --->READ MORE HERE
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