New York Instances columnist Maureen Dowd blasted Joe Biden in a weekend column published Saturday in regards to the shunning of his granddaughter Navy Joan Roberts, the daughter of First Son Hunter born in 2018 after an affair with Lunden Roberts. Dowd accuses Biden of “callously scarring Navy’s life, simply because it will get began,” concluding with: “The president’s chilly shoulder — and coronary heart — is counter to each message he has despatched for many years, and it’s out of sync with the America he needs to proceed to guide.”
Dowd primarily based her column on a letter her Biden-voting Republican sister Peggy lately wrote to Joe Biden.
The D.C. press corps has protected Joe Biden for years because it grew to become obvious that he was snubbing his granddaughter regardless of his campaigning as a household man beloved by his “six grandchildren.” Even when Jill Biden hung Christmas stockings for less than six grandchildren on the White Home two years in a row, reporters had been largely silent.
White Home picture, November 29, 2021.
Dowd’s column comes days after the Times in a news report reported that Biden staffers are beneath directions to publicly acknowledge Biden having solely six grandchildren, not seven.
Then there’s President Biden. His public picture is centered round his devotion to his household — together with to Hunter, his solely surviving son. In technique conferences lately, aides have been advised that the Bidens have six, not seven, grandchildren, in line with two individuals accustomed to the discussions.
The White Home didn’t reply to questions in regards to the case, consistent with how officers have answered questions in regards to the Biden household earlier than.
Lunden and Navy Joan Roberts:
Even my Republican sister will not be proof against Joe Biden’s gregarious Irish appeal.
She met him at media vacation events through the years and was so impressed that she acquired seduced to the opposite facet for a time, voting for the Obama-Biden ticket in 2008 and writing in Biden’s title for president in 2012. She despatched out a Christmas card one 12 months with an image of herself cheek to cheek with Biden — and a few of her Republican mates stopped chatting with her.
So I used to be shocked lately once I found my sister writing a letter to President Biden, a plea that she had began in the midst of the evening, after mulling over the matter for fairly some time.
“I watched as you advised the nation that you simply had six grandchildren and you really liked every one among them,” she wrote. “I consider that. What I can’t consider and what I discover unconscionable is that you simply refuse to confess or settle for the actual fact that there’s a stunning little 4-year-old woman dwelling in Arkansas by the title of Navy Joan who’s your seventh grandchild.”
Peggy wrote about Hunter’s high-priced attorneys happening to Arkansas to ensure Navy couldn’t use the Biden title and to slash baby assist funds.
“She has the Biden blood working via her veins, and all she goes to have as a reminder of this are a few of Hunter’s unique work; appears like a awful trade-off, in the event you ask me,” Peggy wrote, referring to the settlement that assigned a few of Hunter’s art work to the daughter he has by no means met, regardless that DNA testing in 2019 established his paternity.
…“As she grows up, figuring out that her father and paternal grandparents needed nothing to do together with her,” Peggy wrote, “she’s going to most likely have the ability to see a video or two exhibiting her half sister Naomi getting married on the South Garden and also you watching the fireworks on the balcony with little Beau. And if she misses that, there will likely be loads of schoolmates to remind her that she wasn’t needed. Children may be imply that approach.”
Video of Joe and Jill Biden watching 4th of July fireworks on the White Home final week with their two kids Hunter and Ashley and their two younger grandchildren–however not Navy Joan.
On Wednesday, White Home Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre ducked a query about Navy Joan: