Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich blasted President Joe Biden in a column Wednesday for failing leadership while war rages in Europe and other domestic problems get worse.
When Callista showed me the more than 2-mintue video of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy walking around Kyiv, I immediately thought of another recent video of President Joe Biden bicycling around New Castle, Delaware (which he does nearly every weekend). I was struck by the difference in seriousness, competence, and courage.
Johnson is not alone in showing a willingness to provide visible support for Ukraine’s fight against Vladimir Putin. In mid-March, the leaders of Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovenia traveled to Kyiv on a European Union mission.
Biden got within an hour of Ukraine when he was in Poland, but then he jumped on Air Force One and flew west to America instead of east to Kyiv.
Gingrich went on to cite a Newsweek report noting that Biden has spent more time on personal travel — most of it to go back home to Delaware on the weekends where he often bikes — rather than remain in Washington, D.C., taking care of business.
The former speaker, who was a GOP lawmaker from Georgia, then went on to list a number of issues and potential flashpoints that he believes Biden should be taking more seriously but refuses to do so.
“There is a war in Ukraine which may determine if the world’s future is led by democracies or dictatorships. Biden bicycles. There is a growing disaster on our southern border with an estimated 18,000 people a day (the equivalent of the city of Atlanta every month) expected to illegally cross the border. Biden bicycles,” Gingrich wrote.
“There is an artificial energy crisis with skyrocketing gasoline prices because of the Biden administration’s anti-American energy policy. Biden bicycles. The price of food is skyrocketing, and Americans are suffering. Biden bicycles,” he added, likely referencing data released by the Labor Department earlier this week showing inflation at 8.5 percent, the highest level since the early 1980s.
“There is a growing worldwide shortage of wheat, fertilizer, and other agricultural products because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Biden bicycles. There is an epidemic of homelessness and violent crime across the country (mainly in cities controlled by Democrats). Biden bicycles. There is a crisis of education which could soon make it impossible for the United States to compete with China. Biden bicycles,” Gingrich continued.
“Health care costs are out of control and creating problems for nearly every American family’s budget. Biden bicycles. Day by day, we learn more about Hunter Biden’s illegal activities – and how his foreign money was passed through to his father. Biden bicycles,” he wrote.
Later, he noted that watching Johnson walk through embattled Kyiv with Zelenskyy while Biden “hides in Delaware may be the most humiliating international performance by any American president in modern times.”