Post-Debate, Biden to Discuss Future of Re-Election Campaign with Family at Camp David

Despite maintaining a confident public image after his lackluster performance in Thursday’s debate with President Trump, Joe Biden reportedly feels “humiliated and devoid of confidence” behind the scenes. This information was revealed by an NBC News report on Saturday evening, which also stated that Biden would be meeting with his family at Camp David on Sunday to discuss the future of his re-election campaign.

On Saturday, Biden attended fundraisers in New York and New Jersey. He was seen looking stunned and clinging tightly to Jill as he walked across the tarmac at an airport in the Hamptons on Long Island:

Several liberal figures and newspapers, such as The New York Times and Atlanta Journal-Constitution, have called for Biden to withdraw from the race following his underwhelming performance during the debate. They believe this shows he cannot serve another four years (or even six more months) as president. However, no elected Democrat has publicly asked for Biden to step down. Former Presidents Obama and Clinton continue to support Biden’s continued participation in the race.

The NBC report states that Joe and Jill (whom the report refers to as having the “ultimate influence” on Joe) will meet with their son Hunter, daughter Ashley, and their grandchildren (excluding Navy Joan).

Excerpt from the NBC News report:

President Joe Biden is expected to discuss the future of his re-election campaign with family on Sunday, following a nationally televised debate Thursday that left many fellow Democrats worried about his ability to beat former President Donald Trump in November, according to five people familiar with the matter.

Biden’s trip to Camp David was planned before Thursday’s debate. He and first lady Jill Biden are scheduled to join their children and grandchildren there late Saturday.

…Despite delivering a rousing speech at a rally in North Carolina Friday that calmed some of his allies, Biden was described by one person familiar with his mood as humiliated, devoid of confidence and painfully aware that the physical images of him at the debate — eyes staring into the distance, mouth agape — will live beyond his presidency, along with a performance that at times was meandering, incoherent and difficult to hear.

“It’s a mess,” this person said.

Another person familiar with the dynamics said Biden will ultimately listen to only one adviser.

“The only person who has ultimate influence with him is the first lady,” this person said. “If she decides there should be a change of course there will be a change of course.”

In response to these revelations, the Biden campaign declined to comment. Instead, they referred to a memo released on Saturday by campaign chair Jen O’Malley Dillon. The memo argued that Biden can still win, citing the more than $27 million they raised between debate day and Friday evening.

As Biden traveled to the fundraiser in the Hamptons, he was met by protesters demanding him to withdraw from the race:

UPDATE via pool report. An official has downplayed these reports, insisting that there’s nothing unusual about this family gathering:

A Biden official spoke briefly to the pool on the tarmac of McGuire Air Force Base about POTUS schedule and an NBC story that just posted.

“The premise of the story is not accurate,” the official said.

On the travel to Camp David, “It was public in our guidance before the debate. It’s been on the schedule for weeks. There is nothing more to it.”

Officials said the Biden family is taking a family photo at Camp David.

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