The President's seemingly uncontrolled tendency to make unsettling remarks, particularly concerning children, continues to be a point of concern.
The American public was relieved to learn about the liberation of Avigail Idan, a four-year-old dual American-Israeli citizen. She was part of the third group of hostages released from Hamas captivity. Tragically, Avigail celebrated her fourth birthday while held captive. Her parents were both killed in a terrorist attack on October 7th, with her father losing his life while trying to protect her. The young girl witnessed her father's murder before being abducted by Hamas terrorists. Avigail's siblings managed to escape the attack by hiding in a closet. The trauma endured by this young girl and her family is unimaginable, with her brother reportedly not communicating since the incident.
President Biden's initial comments on Avigail's release were well-received, although some critics questioned the extent of his involvement in the release process. However, the President's subsequent remarks have drawn criticism.
In a tweet, Biden narrated Avigail's traumatic experience, stating, "Avigail was returned as part of the hostage release deal between Israel and Hamas." However, his subsequent comment, "I wish I were there to hold her," accompanied by a peculiar laugh, has been deemed inappropriate by some. Critics argue that the President should have simply expressed his sympathies and support for the family, rather than making such a comment.
This is not the first time Biden's remarks towards children have sparked controversy. At a military event last week, he asked a six-year-old girl if she was 17, another incident that raised concerns about his interactions with children. Despite these recurring incidents, Biden's team appears to be struggling to address the issue.
Furthermore, Biden's lack of clarity regarding the release of other American hostages held by Hamas has been criticized. When asked about guarantees for the lives of other hostages and the expected duration of the hostage situation, Biden responded, "I'm hopeful this is not the end, that it's gonna continue, but we don't know." Critics argue that his response was vague and lacked the necessary urgency.
Despite the ongoing hostage situation, Biden appeared to be in high spirits, a demeanor some have found inappropriate given the circumstances. The hope remains that all remaining hostages will be released soon. However, the President's recent comments and actions have raised questions about his ability to handle sensitive situations with the necessary decorum and tact.