In light of mounting complaints about his disastrous economic policies and concerns about his dwindling cognitive function, a growing number of once-loyal mainstream media outlets are beginning to offer harsher assessments of President Joe Biden’s performance in office.
Nevertheless, he received some praise from a seemingly unlikely source this week following an Oval Office address calling for increased funding for Ukraine along with financial support for Israel amid its ongoing war with Hamas.
Although many Americans across the ideological spectrum have determined that U.S. aid to Ukraine should stop, or at least involve strict oversight, a number of prominent voices continue to push for more largesse. Fox News Channel chief political analyst Brit Hume appears to fall squarely in the latter camp.
He heralded Biden’s Thursday evening speech as “one of the best, if not the best” that the president has delivered while in office. That might be a low bar to clear given Biden’s struggle with coherency, but Hume nevertheless offered a glowing review of the remarks.
“He was firm, he was unequivocal, he was strong, as he has been particularly in recent days before he went to Israel and while he was over there,” Hume claimed.
The Fox News personality went on to assert that he “was struck by the fact that [Biden] spent as much time as he did on Ukraine,” determining that it was a good strategy to ensure that American taxpayers continue footing the bill for that country’s war against Russia.
There were other aspects of Biden’s speech that Hume found particularly praiseworthy, including the president’s remarks about Iran’s role in the Israel-Hamas conflict.
Of course, many others found his rhetoric on this and other topics to be completely insufficient.
Joe Biden’s Oval Office address was a weak speech that did not spend enough time addressing the threat facing the Jewish state.
Once again, Biden failed to hold Iran accountable, commit to freezing the $6 billion to Iran, or pledge to withhold aid to Hamas.
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) October 20, 2023
U.S. Sen J.D. Vance (R-OH), for example, accused Biden of “using dead children in Israel to sell his disastrous Ukraine policy to skeptical Americans.”
Denouncing the president’s “disgusting” strategy, Vance added: “They are not the same countries, they are not the same problems, and this effort to use Israel for political cover is offensive.”
U.S. Rep. Wesley Hunt (R-TX) shared a similar perspective on Biden’s effort to tie Ukraine to Israel in his request for more money from Congress.
“We must protect the American homeland,” Hunt asserted. “We must reject Hamas and their allies in Congress. And we must stop funding the failed proxy war in Ukraine. The appropriations must be separate. FULL STOP.”