WASHINGTON TIMES: DAVID BOSSIE: Biden’s pathetic and bizarre reelection launch: Not a worry in the world

President Biden doesn’t have a worry in the world. His staff is telling him that everything is going as planned. Democrats on Capitol Hill are telling him his policies are working perfectly. And because of that, no Democrat of any consequence is challenging him for his party’s nomination — because how could they? All you have to do is read the papers — we’re in the midst of the great American comeback, according to the Biden-Harris administration.

Mr. Biden’s reelection campaign pledge to “finish the job” tells you everything you need to know. We’re almost there, he says — all we have to do is persevere for a little longer to get to that sunny utopia that Uncle Joe is promising. According to the biased corporate media — the folks that decide what is information and what is disinformation — Mr. Biden’s first term has been an amazing thing to behold. Just trust us, they say — and don’t ask any questions — just like with the Trump-Russia hoax and Hunter’s laptop.

These are indeed uncertain times in America, and the once-respected mainstream media is doing its part. These years will be remembered as the moment when the Fourth Estate became a full-time political partner of the Democratic Party and no longer pretended to care. We’re seeing the death of impartial journalism and, sadly, the havoc it’s wreaking on an open society. President Biden’s remarks at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner were fitting of the situation: “In a lot of ways, this dinner sums up my first two years in office. I’ll talk for 10 minutes, take zero questions, and cheerfully walk away.”

As Mr. Biden delivered this punchline the other night, the who’s who of the D.C. media elite exploded with laughter, with a wink and a nod. Mr. Biden’s behavior is so extraordinarily arrogant and carefree these days because the legacy media has become his enabler. You see, the president understands the game that’s afoot — the media is “all in” in its cover-up for him — because former President Donald Trump is still out there.

Mr. Biden’s reelection launch was pathetic and bizarre — and the liberal media in his pocket gleefully went along for the ride. They didn’t ask any tough questions, like, when’s the swing state rally in front of thousands of supporters? What problems have your policies fixed?

Are Americans better off today than they were four years ago? And perhaps most urgently, should a person in your condition — someone who didn’t remember just being in Ireland — really be in charge of the nuclear codes?

It was certainly clever how the disingenuous left-wing media made it about Mr. Biden’s age for a split second, then agreed in unison that it wasn’t cause for concern because he’ll probably be fine. But common sense tells us that things are far from all right in Mr. Biden’s America because people have an uneasy feeling — and that’s something the mainstream media can’t manipulate.

Hardworking American taxpayers are concerned about a prolonged economic downturn; they’re worried about interest rates, and they’re sick and tired of the high price of gas and groceries due to Mr. Biden’s out-of-control spending habits. They don’t like the new normal that this president’s have brought about.

This is not the second coming of the election of 1984, as Mr. Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and their allies in the media so desperately want you to believe. But rest assured; this is not President Ronald Reagan’s morning in America; this is a souped-up version of President Jimmy Carter’s malaise. In 1984, Reagan revitalized our economy with pro-growth policies and had America out in front leading the world again as the shining city on a hill. Reagan spoke optimistically about hope, growth, and opportunity for all.

The Biden-Harris team has produced the exact opposite. We’re back to the failed big government ideas of the past that didn’t work then, and, surprise — aren’t working now either. And on foreign policy, peace through strength abroad has been junked for the Obama doctrine of leading from behind. Our adversaries are toying with us again because they don’t respect us again.

Mr. Biden didn’t have any good news to share in his reelection campaign rollout because there isn’t any. Crime is up; our border is a sieve; fentanyl deaths are through the roof; we’re funding another forever war in Ukraine; and our national debt is a once unfathomable $31 trillion with no end in sight — thanks to Mr. Biden’s unwillingness to compromise with House Republicans.

Make no mistake about it; If 2024 looks and feels a lot like 1980, then maybe it is 1980 all over again. If Mr. Carter had chosen “finish the job” as his slogan in 1980, he would have been laughed out of the room — by the mainstream media. But today, they laugh, wink and nod — and ask no tough questions of the old man — ever.

• David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United and served as deputy campaign manager for Donald J. Trump for President.