President Joe Biden talks on the phone with U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, during congressional call time on Friday, July 16, 2021, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

NEW YORK — President Joe Biden got elected largely because millions of voters found him caring and empathetic. Mr. Nice Guy, the argument went, would be a welcome relief from the sometimes abrasive and combative President Donald J. Trump.

But Biden’s winning, grandfatherly persona is among the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Americans abandoned in Afghanistan. As the President retreated from Kabul, to the beat of the Taliban’s drummer, Nice-guy Joe morphed into Mean Mr. Biden.

The president’s true colors now shine with searing clarity. He has exposed himself as calculating, callous, and cruel.

Reuters reported Tuesday that Biden spoke by phone on July 23 with his then counterpart in Kabul. According to a leaked official transcript, Biden told Afghan President Ashraf Ghani: “I need not tell you the perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan, I believe, is that things are not going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban.” Biden added, “whether it is true or not, there is a need to project a different picture.”

These astonishing comments unmask Biden as a calculating, global-grade liar. 

Biden pushed Ghani to project toughness, “whether it is true or not.” Rather than actual fortitude, Biden pressed Ghani to practice strength-signaling: Fool the world by appearing powerful, even as Afghanistan crumbled.

Mr. President, if Americans are still in Afghanistan after the deadline, what will you do?” NBC News’ Peter Alexander asked Biden August 25.You’ll be the first person I’ll call,” Biden quipped.

On Sunday, Biden irritated the Gold Star families of the 13 U.S. service members murdered by an ISIS-K suicide bomber on August 26. Meeting behind closed doors at Delaware’s Dover Air Force Base, Biden reportedly spoke to these survivors at length about his late son Beau, who served honorably in Iraq, not Afghanistan. He died tragically at age 46, but of cancer, not combat. Biden’s dwelling on his own son backfired on multiple levels when he should have comforted these grieving survivors.

At the dignified transfer that followed in Dover, Biden checked his watch multiple times, thus deeply dishonoring the GIs whom terrorists had slaughtered just three days earlier. Biden’s sign of disrespect further wounded their loved ones, literally as their flag-draped caskets were escorted from a C-17 transport plane.

Runaway Joe repeatedly has refused to answer journalists’ inquiries about this life-and-death matter. On Sunday, Biden also visited FEMA during Hurricane Ida.

“I’m not supposed to take any questions, but go ahead,” Biden said.

A newswoman began, “Mr. President, on Afghanistan —”

“I’m not going to answer Afghanistan now,” Biden snapped in disgust. He then wheeled around and left his podium.

Monday evening, Kabul time, U.S. forces withdrew fully from Afghanistan. “No American citizens came out on what we call the last joint tactical mission —  last five jets to leave,” Marine Corps General Kenneth McKenzie Jr. explained, adding, “none of them made it to the airport and were able to be accommodated.”

Biden never deployed US GIs to collect Americans and whisk them to the airport, as British and French troops did for their countrymen. Biden never cleared a corridor into the airport, so Americans and allied Afghans could enter safely. And Biden’s deputies in-country reportedly handed the Taliban the names of Americans and Afghan allies en route to the airport and on flight manifests out of Kabul. The Taliban — heavily re-armed with U.S. weapons that Biden neither extracted nor destroyed — now can abuse this information to torture and/or execute those who never made it out or the associates and relatives of those who did.

Never mind! Biden tone-deafly declared America’s chaotic, disgraceful, deadly exit “an extraordinary success.”

Biden’s public schedule for Wednesday: Meetings on the economy, Hurricane Ida, and U.S.-Ukrainian relations. Afghanistan? Nope. 

Thursday: Remarks on natural disasters, followed by zero questions. 

Days after shouting at his fellow Americans about decamping Kabul in shame and leaving hundreds of his constituents behind, Mean Mr. Biden has moved on.

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.

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MD Anthony
15 days ago

It’s is astonishing that the Joint Chiefs sat on their hands and did not put into actin a proper withdrawal
Obviously Biden threatened to cancel their pensions(he can do that) if they did the right thing.
Biden’s days are numbered – he may run but where will he hide

barbara yano
11 days ago
Reply to  MD Anthony

who is going to remove him??

15 days ago

Mean Mr. Mustard sleeps in a hole in the road
Such a mean old man
Such a dirty old man.

15 days ago

Here we have senile,frail,old,sockpuppet,fool, dementia,joe installed by the deep state. This total,failure and embarrassment, is a clown show. With three generals,milley,austin,mckenzie,blinken,sullivan and other minions, who planned this catastrophe, as part of his circus, What the hell is wrong with these generals, that can’t think for themselves, that let an empty suit, and airhead, that has stage three dementia, and out of touch with reality, follow his orders to abandon Americans and allies. All of these people need to step down, or get thrown out of office for total incompetency, and for the deaths of our soldiers/kids dying because of your total failure of departing.These people need to be arrested and tried for treason and espionage, their iincompetent, to lead this country. They have armed the terrorists to take on anyone, they have made the terrorists more dangerous than ever, and their coming for the US/Israel, this blunder will cost us for decades to come, if we don’t get nuked under spineless,incoherant,egomaniac,hidenbiden, before hand. He isn’t mentally fit to lead.

15 days ago

Joe Biden has been deceptive his entire life. What he did is truly horrible and sad. Unfortunately, his entire staff who works for Susan Rice will get away with murder.

15 days ago

That’s how it goes with dementia. If they were mean before, that wall comes down and they are
worse than ever. My husbands mother was mean all her life and then got dementia. His sister took care of her until she woke up one night with their mother standing over her with a knife. That describes Biden. Always a liar, a cheat and now it’s worse.

15 days ago

Commenters with long observation of Biden’s betrayals over DECADES of political manipulations have consistently remarked about his routine corruption, distortion, occasional perversions (must be an inherited trait) and arrogant, but clumsy remarks. He is a self-centered, resentful, vindictive piece of work. If and/or how this was missed in the last “election” is for each to decide.


15 days ago

Look, Biden is senile. He was always stupid, and always stubbornly attached to whatever dumb ideas formed in the spongy mass of cells that passes for his brain, but now it’s perfectly clear that this guy is riding the Acela Express to Dementiaville. And the media, sitting front row on what could be the biggest story in political history, just sort of pretends that the guy who is one forgotten Depends short of wetting himself on national television is A-OK. – Kurt Schlichter / TownHall

Mr. Schlichter nails it!

8 days ago
Reply to  Casey

The dangerous whirlwind that this satanic, senile, SOB has unleashed in the middle east will spread around the world like evil lightening. Those who put him in office will rue the day.

Ben Matthews
15 days ago

Just more evidence that the electorate is mostly into “sniffing swamp-gas” & other flatulence, there’s just no cure for being willfully ignorant and stupid… ppl always end-up getting the government they deserve❗️

15 days ago

Biden, by his behavior, has amplified the veracity of the age-old saying “NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER.”
There is a big difference in the intellect required to write the book compared to that needed to do the graphic design of the cover.
The Nation, and its citizens, should demand a REFUND from the book seller – Jill Biden and Jim Clyburn – since the book did not turn out to be what it was billed as.

8 days ago
Reply to  Timbuktu58

Willful blindness and woeful ignorance is what put the pretender in the White House. His record has been on display for fifty years for anyone who bothered to check it. A complicit press and social media bears much of the blame for censoring information about this tragedy in motion.

Lee DeLellis
15 days ago

Runaway Joe, the man who single handily destroyed the most sacred principal of THE US Military. LEAVE NO MAN BEHIND.
Thank you sir, for taking away the soul of the American fighting men and women. You just made Mogadishu look like a boy a boy Scout camp. The difference though is the boy Scouts have adult leaders. Who’s pulling these strings ? Why is there no further mention of the CIA CHIEF visiting the president of The sand box ? Why did they leave packs of 100 bills behind ?
Obama 101…and again, the masses are too stupid to understand.

15 days ago

This is what you get when the only thing that matters is the next election and what’s in it for themselves.

14 days ago

Try biden for for treason and execute when found guilty.

Old Sarge
14 days ago
Reply to  Festus

That should include his handlers because he was only following their orders. They are the ones actually running the country.

14 days ago

Any one who has followed this nasty man’s career through forty seven years in the Senate knows he has no morals, is an indecent pervert, is a thief, a plagiarist and a liar. They voted for him anyway. Now I don’t want to hear a peep or dry the tears away for any Democrat who voted for this piece of crap. Unfortunately it would take a revolution to get his butt out of the office his party rigged the election to place him in. Republicans are too meek and too nice to revolt. Probably half of both. Also, the Republican party is too riddled with RINO’S to be a cohesive and progressive remedy for the Marxist plague. In the meantime the Republic will become a Marxist gulag and all those who propped the pretender up will hold high positions in the Marxist government and Republicans will be in reeducation camps, branded the American Uighers for the rest of our miserable lives.

14 days ago

New Democrat slogan:

Braindead, Biden, Boondoggles!

barbara yano
11 days ago

There never was a “Mr. Nice Guy”! That was an act to get elected. The man doesn’t know what day it is. Joe Biden/Kamala Harris are a threat to the stability of America. Biden and his cult are not working for the American citizen, they a working for forge their progressive agenda down the throats of America and to secure their leadership for generations to come. Every American should write or call their member of Congress and ask that these two un-Americans be removed from office.

TS Wallace
10 days ago

I have never understood so many peoples’ obsessive dislike for President Trump’s personality…there have been times when I wish I could’ve whispered to DJT “Dude, don’t say that” but I loved having a President who is a smart, successful businessman who can’t be bullied and is going to call bullshit on you. Nobody was going to f**k with USA with Trump in office. So many Americans are extremely naive and can’t see a professional conman for what he is because he seems “nice.” They are only nice while they are trying to get what they want. Where do you think Hunter learned his crookedness from?

8 days ago

Joe Biden was never a nice guy. Anyone who has bothered to follow his long career in politics knows this. He has made a fortune selling his votes to lobbyists, set his immediate family up in shady deals and been mister nasty opposing busing and any racial progress that didn’t benefit him politically. As one prominent Democrat colleague was rumored to say—
“Joe was the kind of guy when you saw him coming toward you down the hall you took the first exit. “