White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has insisted her boss is incredibly healthy and vivacious.
However, questions are swirling about whether she sees a different President Joe Biden in private than what the public gets to see, which have been fueled by Special Counsel Robert Hur’s shocking report about him.
During a press conference on Monday, a reporter asked, “Is [Biden] behaving differently behind closed doors? Because we don’t get to see that at all. And… when you interact with him privately, is there kind of a different level of vigor that is perhaps not as visible when we are all seeing him?”
Jean-Pierre began her response by noting the president’s recent travel.
“When he was in Vegas, he took some questions that you all had and he tends to answer them in a lightweight, a funny way, and he’s sharp with his answers,” she added.
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REPORTER: Is Biden different in private than he is in public? Because we certainly aren't seeing this "vigor" you keep talking about…— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) February 12, 2024
KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: "He took some questions that you all had and he tends to answer them in a lightweight, a funny way, and he's sharp with his… pic.twitter.com/bse8sA6vPE
Jean-Pierre also insisted Biden is “sharp” and “engaged.”
The press secretary has previously tried to defend the president against concerns about his age.
In 2022, she told then-CNN journalist Don Lemon she can’t “even keep up with.”
But on Thursday, Special Counsel Hur released a report on his investigation into Biden’s handling of classified documents.
He declined to recommend charges against the president, even though investigators “uncovered evidence that President Biden willfully retained and disclosed classified materials after his vice presidency when he was a private citizen.”
Still, the report included several damaging sections. One portion labeled Biden a “a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.”
The report also claimed Biden “did not remember, even within several years, when his son Beau died.”
And on Sunday, an ABC News/Ipsos poll found a whopping 86% percent of Americans believe Biden is too old to serve another term.