Government Watch / Politics

Macron’s Biden Snub Says It All

AMAC Exclusive – By Daniel Roman

As results poured in for the second round of France’s presidential election last week, Ron Klain, Joe Biden’s Chief of Staff, took to Twitter to make an observation of the highest diplomatic subtlety. “An interesting observation, just fyi,” Klain wrote, “President Macron appears to have secured a double-digit victory over LePen, at a time when his approval rating is 36%. Hmmm….”

“Hmm” indeed. Was Klain implying there was something odd about the results? Engaging in wishful thinking about the political prospects of his own boss, who touched 35% approval in a Quinnipiac poll in early April? Or was he suggesting that the victory really wasn’t a credit to Macron’s presidency or his campaign, merely the awfulness of the opposition? Macron seemed to take the message that way. When Joe Biden tried to reach the French President for a congratulatory phone conversation, Biden was informed that Macron was celebrating his victory at the Eiffel Tower with his wife and effectively sent to voicemail. “I tried to talk to him last night. I spoke to his staff and he was at the Eiffel Tower having a good time,” Biden told the press Monday, before insisting that he was “going to be talking to him today.”

Douglas McArthur famously said that old soldiers don’t die, they merely fade away. The same increasingly seems to be the case with old politicians. While some, like Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad, defy the odds to perform in third acts even in their nineties, it is increasingly clear that Biden and his team are not among them. Biden appears a bystander to events, unable to secure control over even his own border policy, and left impotently raging against changes to state-level curriculum in local school districts.

Donald Trump was not universally beloved around the world, but he was undeniably a factor everyone had to take into account. Leaders, especially Angela Merkel, might not have looked forward to his calls, but they took them. Under Biden, the United States is a non-factor. Macron may or may not have avoided Biden’s calls because he was irritated by Klain’s tweet, but he was able to afford to do so because he knew it would cost him nothing. The call would be useless. Anything that might be accomplished in it could just as easily be accomplished another time or in another format. Biden is not worth talking to.

On the contrary, Biden’s almost pleading response where he tried to justify the rebuff and insist that he was still on speaking terms with the French president radiated desperation. Biden was clearly embarrassed and hurt, and the only solution to that embarrassment was for Macron to speak with him – something which was within the power of the French president to withhold. The lesson was clear: refusing to pick up the phone when Joe Biden calls increases rather than decreases the leverage of a foreign leader over the United States. This might explain why the Saudis and Emiratis have been so quick to embrace the approach.

Donald Trump, largely through his background, seemed to understand the concept of leverage. Biden and his team appear entirely to miss it. And while it is a failing of the elderly president himself, he is responsible for surrounding himself with a team that has no grasp of the concepts of either leverage or urgency.

Klain, if not the sole source of the problem, clearly is one of them. If there is one thing which typifies Klain and has come to define American elites, it is the lack of any sense of urgency. Klain’s Twitter remarks about Macron’s reelection with a 36% approval rating display a worldview where everything will probably work out if left alone. Klain displayed the same lack of urgency on Al Gore’s behalf during the Florida recount back in 2000, and again when Obama appointed him as “Czar” in charge of responding to Ebola in 2014. In both cases, Klain acted as if he had all the time in the world to make decisions and consequently postponed any hard ones until they were overtaken by events. In public, Klain displayed a contempt for anyone in the press who questioned why he or his boss were not doing things, with the implication being that only fools worried or acted.

This attitude also explains the Biden administration’s approach to inflation. They believe it is probably not as bad as it seems and will likely work itself out. The same approach was applied to Afghanistan: it appears they assumed the situation was probably not as bad as the military was warning and things would likely work themselves out. Even with Russia and Ukraine, there seems to be no long-term planning, just a view that if the administration continues doing what it is doing, continues shipping weapons and upping the rhetoric, somehow the conflict will work itself out. What that would look like is left an open question. Do they want regime change in Russia? A return to the pre-invasion status quo? Would that involve Russian possession of the Crimea? Would they support concessions on Ukrainian neutrality which were not on the table last fall? They do not seem to feel the need to consider these questions.

This is bad enough when it is adopted in a vacuum. It is worse when the secret is out and everyone knows you have no plan. Macron is aware that there is no loop to be cut out of.

Maybe things will work out for Biden. Maybe presidents can win reelection by double-digits with 36% approval. The overwhelming evidence is that the Biden administration has no particular interest in doing anything to avoid finding out. And the American people, not to mention the entire world, are suffering from that lack of leadership.

Daniel Roman is the pen name of a frequent commentator and lecturer on foreign policy and political affairs, both nationally and internationally. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics.      


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BigggeeeB
1 month ago

F-0’biden and who cares, 0’biden is a criminal!

Marie Langley
1 month ago

RED=REMOVE EVERY DEMOCRAT
in November

TIKA
1 month ago

macron is a jerk; biden is a bigger jerk.

WilliamB
1 month ago
Reply to  TIKA

That’s almost too close to call, but I think Biden is edging him out.

Willy
1 month ago

I think the drain to the swamp is plugged with political excrement. Where can we find a tanker load of Draino?

DEAN
1 month ago

TRUMP WON THE WHOLE WORLD KNOWS IT!

ops
1 month ago

A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

Linda Baker
1 month ago
Reply to  ops

Brilliant.

Judy K.
1 month ago
Reply to  ops

THIS!!

Mario Capparuccini
1 month ago

Please understand that I voted for Donald Trump in 2016 and 2020. One of Biden’s campaign slogans was that the grown ups would be back in charge if he was elected. If this is how grown ups act, give me back the children!

DonS
1 month ago

The Director of Arlington Memorial was faced with a dilemma. A decrease in cemetery plots! Thinking outside the box, he came up with a very novel solution. In the immediate future when a celebrity, politician or president passes away, Arlington will give the deceased an enema and bury him or her in a match box.

Good ole American Sense of Humor!

james michalicek
1 month ago

Klain is evil. So is Rice.

Becky
1 month ago

This situation is so hideously embarrassing it is beyond words. America is literally being stripped naked and spanked in front of the whole damn world.
And we have the demonRat Communist Party to thank for this, along with their Globalist leaders controlling them.
We must end this. NOW.

ops
1 month ago
Reply to  Becky

It is a direct reflection on the character of those who earn $174,000 a year plus benefits and can only find fault with the very country that made it possible. Losers in life and in public service.

Linda Baker
1 month ago
Reply to  Becky

Sadly, the rhinos and republicans will not. Need new blood.

Richard Slate
1 month ago

Most of the French are leftist so it does not surprise me that macron won. The French really are not our allies most of them hate America and allot of it has to do with us not giving them strong support when they were in Vietnam in the 50’s

Becky
1 month ago
Reply to  Richard Slate

It comes from WWII, actually. They had a Communist DeGaul leading them. We were not friendly.

BAE
1 month ago

No one wants to talk to the President of the United States of America. Joe Biden, need I say more?

Linda Baker
1 month ago
Reply to  BAE

Most if not all of the other leaders know the election was stolen.

Ken Westenkirchner
1 month ago

The Biden administration from top to bottom lacks credibility & no one respects him worldwide, publicly embarrassing them time and again. How sad as we are the laughing stock of the world as represented by our s

Tim Toroian
1 month ago

Where is Woody Woodpecker when you need him?

Norm
1 month ago

Why would anyone want to speak to a “Four Flussher, serial liar and cheat?”

CHRIS B GRODHAUS
1 month ago
Reply to  Norm

Current Americans.

Jane CA
1 month ago
Reply to  Norm

Uh, I’d like to speak to Biden and it wouldn’t be pretty. I’d tape the whole thing and prove he is both neither competent or capable. It’s almost impeachment time!

joe mchugh
1 month ago

How many other Americans are tired of being ashamed of their government? I, for one, am increasingly depressed when I witness another speech by the Potato-In-Chief.

And the puppeteers in the Democrat Party? I don’t think that they could be any more Marxist in mentality or deed. These acolytes of Karl Marx have recognized the utility of the false political theory of socialism. It enables them to gain power over the masses, and to maneuver the authority of their positions to make that power immutable. Power and money, two sides of the same coin. If you have one, you can get the other. The salient question? Will the liberal elite become so successful that they bring about the only thing that could unseat them, namely a general upheaval?

By the way, I don’t own a gun. And consequently, I don’t have a large store of ammunition. When one considers that every Internet communication is monitored by an NSA program that scans for
“dangerous” words such as guns, revolt, ammunition, and especially that dread of the Democrats and RINOs, any mention of the Second Amendment, one becomes circumspect about appearing to be
(gasp!), an armed citizen.

Firearms have a magic quality about them, they can be officially invisible …………until they are needed.
Oh, did I say that I don’t own a gun?

Carma
1 month ago

I read Klain’s remark to mean that even while Biden is way down in the 30’s himself in polls, he could win again just like Macron did. Ha! Magical thinking….

Kim
1 month ago
Reply to  Carma

Or…what I used to call “Hocus Potus” during the Tea Party days!

Smili'in Jack
1 month ago

What world or any other leader would look forward to an intelligent satisfying and informative conversation with joe Biden? It is difficult enough for anyone to have a meaningful conversation with someone with dementia but with the “president” that call would be repeated on the media countless times, and it would be like talking to a baby and only appear to make the other guy look foolish.

jim carlyle
1 month ago

I believe that the lack of initiative by the Biden regime is positive. He seems to muddle everything he does act on, i.e., ineffectiveness beats planned destruction.

elysummers
1 month ago

Speaks volumes.

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