Franklin Foer, the author of a new tell-all book about Joe Biden, spoke on NBC’s Meet the Press and said that the president is self-conscious about “being perceived as stupid” because of the plagiarism scandal derailing his first presidential campaign.
Foer explored Joe Biden’s worries and how they influence the President’s behavior in an interview aired on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. Chuck Todd is the moderator of the talk show.
The author explained that Joe Biden’s battle with several anxieties, many of which govern his interactions with the outside world, is one of the things that makes him one of the most interesting persons in the world, in his view. He said his greatest fear is being considered an idiot, which stems from the fact that he was accused of plagiarism in the 1980s and has haunted him ever since.
In addition to the plagiarism, Biden famously argued about his IQ, schooling, and degrees. Biden boasted about scholarships, awards, and being tops in his class and later had to admit that it was all a lie. It turned out he was at the bottom of his class.
The author said he now seeks to approach an interview or press conference with a firm grasp of the material he will be discussing. His practice sessions may carry on for lengthy periods, says Foer.
Meanwhile, more often than not, Biden doesn’t seem to have a grasp of any topics at hand during speeches and appearances.
Todd asked the author how much of a surprise it would be, based on his reporting if Joe Biden announced at the end of the year that he would not seek a second term.
Foer said, “It would be a surprise to me, but not a big surprise.”
Foer and Todd discussed the discrepancy between Joe Biden’s management approach and public persona. Foer’s next book, “The Last Politician,” gives readers a glimpse behind the scenes during the first two years of the Biden administration.