Biden Will Be Without Both ‘Shadow Presidents,’ So Who Is Really Running The Show?

Susan Rice, Joe Biden, Ron Klain
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President Joe Biden’s former Chief of Staff Ron Klain is long gone from the White House and domestic policy advisor Susan Rice will soon be departing — that raises the question, who will be left to really run the White House?

Biden is not really in charge of the country. That is obvious to anybody, and it is proven by the fact that the White House constantly walks back his statements and that he uses cheat sheets for press questions. It also doesn’t help that he practically waltzes out each day to read a script that he clearly doesn’t write or understand. Here’s an example:

In fact, on Thursday, Biden even lamented that he isn’t as authoritative as he expected the president to be.

“I thought when I got to be president, I’d get to give orders,” Biden said. “But, I take more orders than I ever did.”

In the past, even typically establishment Republicans have wondered whether somebody else was pulling the strings in the Oval Office — especially Klain.

“We’ve gotten the impression from our members that have been in meetings down there that he’s kind of the guy behind the curtain,” said Senate Republican Whip Senator John Thune (R-SD) of Klain to The Hill in 2021.


Additionally, aides to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) nicknamed Biden’s former right-hand man as “Prime Minister Klain.”

Klain was so powerful in the Biden White House, that even progressives praised him.

“A lot of people see him as one of the few avenues they have to have a glimpse into the dynamics and considerations of what’s happening in the White House,” Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said of Klain to POLITICO. “When I think about some of the conversations that build trust, build the sense of open communication, he’s usually part of that.”

And then he left this past winter.

If Klain had been the progressive’s best friend calling the shots in the White House, Rice served as more of the moderate figure who blocked them out. Her role in Biden’s administration was so powerful that POLITICO described her as ruling a “fiefdom” within the West Wing and beyond. The outlet even reported that she had Biden’s ear around the clock and he heavily depended on her for policy-making decisions.

When Rice isn’t around to tell Biden what to say, he flounders.

Consider what happened in October when somebody asked him about his gender policies, unprompted.

“What do you say to Americans who disagree with your gender policies?” a reporter asked.

“My gender policies?” Biden said.

The reporter clarified, “Transgender policies like bathrooms, women’s sports, things like that.”

“I stand by my policies,” a confused Biden said before walking away.

As conservative strategist Greg Price put it, “Dude has no idea what his policies even are. He just reads what his handlers put on the teleprompter.”

The president couldn’t even remember he was in Ireland two weeks ago. How is he possibly going to lead the nation without his two shadow presidents?

Maybe they have stepped away because they know Biden won’t be attempting anything radical in the run-up to the 2024 presidential election. It appears that he is slipping into a self-imposed lame-duck presidency, so as to appear moderate in the next general election. Whatever the case, we’ll keep tabs on who might be running the show.

The views expressed in this piece are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Wire.

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