President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19. Despite his age, the White House seems unconcerned.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre cavalierly said it doesn’t matter where the 79-year-old president picked up the virus, Fox News reported. The official narrative is that there isn’t much concern despite Biden’s advanced age and physical frailty.
So far, the White House claims that Biden’s symptoms are mild, including dry cough, runny nose, and fatigue. The same administration that hammered former President Donald Trump for not taking the virus seriously seems to be shrugging off the precarious position the virus puts Biden into.
Dr. Ashish Jha, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, was cagey about the potential source of the president’s sickness, given all the protocols and precautions. “Look, I don’t think that that matters, right? I think what matters is we prepared for this moment,” Jean-Pierre stepped in to say.
Still, Fox News contributor Jason Riley couldn’t help but point out the “elephant in the room” they’re avoiding. “The real elephant in the room here is not just that a president has COVID, but that it’s a president who is pushing 80 years old,” Riley said.
He added that “most people get COVID these days – something similar to a cold, maybe a bad cold, and they’re just fine after a few days,” Riley said. “Except if you happen to be pushing 80, in which case you need to take it very seriously.”
“We have a president who’s pushing 80. And while his friends in the media will want to play this up as, ‘Oh, we have to be wary that the COVID pandemic is still with us and so forth.’ No, we don’t really,” Riley added.
“The pandemic is over. And if you get COVID, it’ll probably be like getting a cold. But the issue here is that the president is of advanced age, and he’s showing other signs of his age,” Riley said.
The president was already showing signs of frailty. Now with a COVID-19 infection, the odds that something bad happening goes up considerably — but the administration simply won’t acknowledge it.