Joe Biden, master of puppets? - The Spectator
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They've finally found a way to make Joe Biden look young and vigorous: put him next to puppets of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter
They've finally found a way to make Joe Biden look young and vigorous: put him next to a Jimmy Carter doll. It's elder abuse, though I'm not sure who's being abused here.

I had thought that the most alarming image of this year would be the one of the QAnon shaman at the Speaker's desk in the Capitol Building. But the photo of Joe and Dr Jill with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter really is a riot. The Bidens look like ventriloquists, dropping by a seniors' center to cheer up the inmates. The Carters look like dolls, awaiting the insertion of their owners' hands so that they can jump into jerky life.

This is the official photo, selected by the Carter Center. We have to wonder what obscenities are contained in the outtakes. Did Joe and Dr Jill lever Jimmy and Rosalynn onto their knees and go into a Punch-and-Judy routine? Did Jimmy and Rosalynn go rogue like Fats, the foul-mouthed dummy in the movie Magic, who turns on his creator, Corky, played by Anthony Hopkins? Will the shade of Shari Lewis be taking over the press office at the State Department and issuing threats to China via Lamb Chop?

The official explanation is that the Bidens dropped by because the Carters could not attend the President's inauguration. The political explanation is that Biden wants to firm up the Democrats' grip on Georgia. He also wants to keep the Democratic left happy for as long as he can, before he makes the inevitable turn to the center before the midterms. This is the usual harmless puppeteering.

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