White House Blunder Turns into Powerful Metaphor for Biden’s Presidency

(ReliableNews.org) – President Joe Biden is facing an uphill battle for reelection, not just because of his policy positions. Many Americans believe the 81-year-old commander-in-chief is too old to run again. They’ve pointed to a number of falls and gaffes as proof. Recently, an accident happened near the White House, and the president’s critics turned it into a metaphor to describe the administration.

On November 28, the National Christmas Tree fell over due to strong winds. The 40-foot Norway spruce from West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest sits on the Ellipse, in front of White House’s South Lawn, where the famous Truman Balcony is located. The accident happened two days before Biden held an event to mark the 100th anniversary of the first National Christmas Tree lighting.

Workers with the National Park Services quickly arrived at the Ellipse and used a crane to lift the Christmas tree off the ground. That didn’t stop administration critics from piling on the president and using it as a metaphor for him and his occasional stumbles, including the time he fell while walking up the stairs of Air Force One and another time on stage at a graduation ceremony.

Kristen Hawkins, the president of Students for Life, said the accident made sense because “a stiff breeze blows Biden over too.”


Townhall.com’s Kevin McMahon joked that the Christmas tree fell “while trying to board Air Force One.” The House Judiciary GOP account shared the news on X, formerly Twitter, and said the incident “perfectly [sums] up Joe Biden’s presidency.”


Other X users made memes of the tree falling. One of them photoshopped a picture of Biden on the ground in front of the toppled spruce.


Workers managed to save the tree, and on Thursday, November 30, Biden held the lighting ceremony. Fortunately, he managed to make it through the ceremony without being knocked over by the breeze.

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