t was only a matter of time.
The mainstream press, once firmly in President Joe Biden’s corner, gave the go-ahead to criticize the world leader on both his advanced age and ability to lead Democrats in 2022 and beyond.
The same press that cheered on Biden’s favorite ice cream flavors now suggests the 79-year-old isn’t vigorous enough for a second term.
The Hollywood fallout from the press’ shocking reversal didn’t happen overnight.
Late-night comedians spent the first 16-plus months of the Biden administration avoiding jokes that would make the leader look bad. They snapped off a few “old age” gags now and then, toothless barbs that avoided geopolitical truths.
Instead, they focused their firepower on all things GOP.
They slammed former President Donald Trump as if he still called 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW home. They also savaged Republicans like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Fox News superstar Tucker Carlson.
Now, they’re suddenly giving Joe Biden a hard time via their nightly monologues.
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This week, both Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon mocked Biden for mispronouncing the COVID-19 treatment known as Paxlovid.
Here’s Colbert imitating Biden:
“I took me some Plaxivoid, the Plaxivid, the platypus polish, I took it. The point is that little pill knocked the Clovis right out of my bread basket,” Colbert said.
“Now I am easy breezy breathing…where am I?”
Colbert didn’t just poke Biden for the mispronunciation. He suggested Biden suffers from dementia, a line of attack conservatives have been making, with copious evidence to back them up, for two years.
It’s also something “Saturday Night Live” teased last year but quickly abandoned.
Plus, Biden has made far worse verbal blunders over the past year-plus without rousing any late-night alarms. He’s read teleprompter cues as part of his speeches, misstated key officials’ names and repeatedly lost his train of thought.
Jimmy Kimmel saved Biden from one such miscue by cutting to a commercial, stat.