Biden's Camp Fires Back at Clooney Following Harsh Critique

Clooney challenges Biden's vigor in a candid op-ed

by Zain ul Abedin
Biden's Camp Fires Back at Clooney Following Harsh Critique
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Unexpectedly and honourably, acclaimed actor George Clooney struck first in this increasingly strange political realm and became fodder for fiery exchanges between President Joe Biden's communications team and Clooney in a highly public dispute over an opinion piece he penned for The New York Times.

In his article, Clooney dramatically called upon Biden to seek election for a second term in office and expressed worries about the president's cognition. This media battle, which seemed more suited to a movie than real life, took place when President Biden's aides tore apart Clooney's plain critique.

According to The New York Times congressional reporter Annie Karni, writing on X (formerly Twitter), the White House derided Clooney's recent fundraiser guest appearance. This was contrasted with President Biden's long grind at it.

"The President stayed for over three hours, while Clooney took a photo quickly and left," a generally reliable source straight from the White House told. Nicholas Kristof, another voice that appeared in On X, was a sceptic of the president's effort to appear more vital than Clooney.

"Biden is really trying to claim that he’s more vigorous than George Clooney? Really?" Kristof reflected, "I’ve traveled with Clooney for days over rough roads in sub-Saharan Africa, and it’s just sad to see Biden pretend that he can outlast Clooney at anything.

I admire Biden. So does Clooney. But at least Clooney put his name on his essay; this is anonymous White House backstabbing and incompetent to boot."

Biden vs. Clooney Clash

The president's team further noted Biden's arduous schedule, including the fundraiser immediately following his attendance at the G7 summit in Italy.

This was designed to highlight his energy and commitment. With his carefully made idea, Clooney soon roused bursts of applause and boos in political circles. Meanwhile he looked back at Biden's displays recently, didn't feel they were as full of life as the debate with Donald Trump.

"He called himself 'big F-ing Deal' back in 2010. He wasn’t even the Joe Biden of 2020. He was the same man we all witnessed at the debate," commented Clooney. Democratic Party insiders, Clooney noted, were saying the same thing as what senators, governors, and Congressmen told him in private.

Clooney felt that the conclusion can be drawn from these conversations: If Biden continues in office, not only will he lose the presidential election but also Democrats' control of Congress will be endangered. As the conversation gets more heated now, heavyweight people like Michael Douglas have begun joining, too.

During an appearance on "The View," Douglas agreed in essence with what Clooney was talking about, presenting the deep bench of talent that exists within the Democratic ranks and surely could rejuvenate the future of the party just fine.