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Sharp-Witted Biden Reminds Xi of Wife’s Birthday

President Joe Biden achieved all sorts of good during his meeting yesterday with Chinese President Xi Jinping in California. Biden got Xi to reopen U.S.–China military communications, promise action to stem illegal fentanyl trade, and send us more pandas.

President Biden also scored an alpha-dog diplomatic coup by averting a Chinese domestic crisis:

Chinese President Xi Jinping seems set to avoid a domestic black mark after Joe Biden pointed out that his life partner of more than three decades was about to celebrate her special day—on the same date as the US president celebrates his.

Peng Liyuan—a well-known soprano in China—turns 61 on November 20, the day Biden hits 81.

US officials said Biden, who was meeting Xi for a crunch summit on the outskirts of San Francisco, had asked the Chinese leader to pass on birthday wishes to Peng.

An embarrassed Xi said he had been up to his eyeballs in statesmanship and the date had passed him by, officials said.

Good job he stopped by, then.

Xi thanked Biden for reminding him and—presumably—put on his thinking cap to work out what to get for the woman he married in 1987 [“Quick! Buy Flowers: Biden Reminds Xi of Wife’s Birthday,” AFP via France 24, 2023.11.16].

Biden old? Pshaw! He’s going around remembering other world leaders’ wives’  birthdays! When’s the last time that tubby geezer running to beat Biden remembered anybody’s birthday? If he remembers Peng at all, it’s probably just from thinking he’d like to grab her pussy.

With this pleasant birthday reminder instead of his predecessor’s thoughtless rambles and insults, Biden didn’t just do Xi a favor. He signaled to his Chinese counterpart that he’s still a sharp-witted master of subtle diplomatic posturing: All this work, and I can still remember your wife’s birthday, and you don’t? Gee, Xi, try a little harder!


  1. LCJ 2023-11-16 07:29

    Slow Joe’s handlers must have had to practice that one for a long time.
    Xi got everything. America got nothing.

  2. jerry 2023-11-16 07:45

    Quick thinking Joe Biden not only got what was in the United States best interests, he managed to show the kindness he is known for. No amount of handling can accomplish kindness, you either have it or ya don’t. Take note LCJ. BTW, Biden avoids a war and he brings back home the panda’s!!

  3. e platypus onion 2023-11-16 07:51

    LCJ and that used car salesman troll from Soo Falls must have gotten up on the wrong side of the 2020/2022 election. Good for Biden.

  4. Donald Pay 2023-11-16 08:14

    That sort of small personal touch is what makes a good leader.

  5. LCJ 2023-11-16 09:37

    Supporters of this administration are shrinking every poll. Including, Black, Hispanic and of course Jewish voters.

  6. Tom 2023-11-16 09:56

    Old Joe just read a cue card as instructed…we are doomed.

  7. All Mammal 2023-11-16 10:00

    Fresh maga tears in my Dark Brandon mug this morning?! Now that is a fine cup of Joe. Thanks, haters. Mmm. Extra salty.

  8. Ben Cerwinske 2023-11-16 10:51

    Polls are showing themselves to be unreliable and/or of little use to the general public. There’s plenty of reasons to be dissatisfied with Biden and his administration. However, when it comes time to vote and make a decision between two viable options, the choice tends to not be that difficult. Hence the strong showing for more left leaning options last week.

  9. jerry 2023-11-16 13:00

    Polls are pointless. No such thing anymore. 92% of the time, I am right, according to my internal poll. 9% say I’m partially correct, while 81% disagree.

  10. sx123 2023-11-16 13:13

    If I was a bet’n man, and I am, I’d bet it wasn’t really Biden that remembered the bday…

  11. Dicta 2023-11-16 13:27

    Biden is not sharp in the cognitive sense, imo, but he has the good sense to surround himself with smart people that he actually listens to. It’s a refreshing change.

  12. All Mammal 2023-11-16 13:45

    I bet it comes down to simply doing his homework and being good at his job. When schmoozing, it is wise to learn about your mark and their loved ones. Its diplomatic and proper when dealing with the leader of another nation. Besides, President Biden is a capable scorpio. It isn’t hard to memorize prominent people who share your birthday.

  13. Arlo Blundt 2023-11-16 13:55

    Joe Biden is basically, a very nice man. His personal life has been marked by tragedy and he has prevailed. He remains consistently a man who deals positively with the challenges life throws at him and keeps his values as his guide through life. Yes, he is an older man. In his case, age has brought wisdom. We could do a lot worse than having Joe Biden as President.

  14. Donald Pay 2023-11-16 14:02

    Yeah, is Trump any better in the mental department? Intellectually, absolutely not. I’ve watched some of what passes for Trump’s speeches lately. He’s confabulating more than ever. He regularly lies, or perhaps, it’s just that he doesn’t have the mental capacity to remember the truth. Whatever is his problem, you can’t rely on anything he says.

  15. Dicta 2023-11-16 14:33

    Oh, no, I didn’t mean to intimate that Trump was better. His stream of thought speeches are borderline incoherent rambling. He also convinced himself he knows better than everyone around him, no matter the topic. Not Biden’s biggest fan, but he is a good bit better than the alternative.

  16. Neal 2023-11-16 16:09

    Posts like this damage your credibility, Cory.

    The man has obvious dementia. This is undeniable to anyone with even a tiny shred of objectivity. Even leaders within your own party are beginning to call for him to not run again.

  17. Dee 2023-11-16 16:48

    Joe on his worst day is 1000 times better than Mr. Orange Face on his best day.

  18. jerry 2023-11-16 16:52

    Leaders like Manchin perhaps Neal?

  19. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2023-11-16 17:45

    Neal, suggesting that Biden is demented while Trump sounds reasonable and informed damages your credibility. Listen to Biden’s statements on a wide range of topics in a wide range of settings, including meetings with world leaders like Xi. Compare his reasoned, experienced, and helpful statements to the tired old improvised and vacuous blather that Trump emits every time he approaches a microphone.

    Biden is old. He is older than Trump, But he remains a capable, caring, and effective public servant.

  20. sx123 2023-11-16 18:13

    I’m not a huge fan of Biden, but I consider him generally reasonable.

    Trump is just nuts.

  21. Edwin Arndt 2023-11-16 20:20

    How about Gavin Newsome and Nikki Haley? Or even better, Joe Manchin and
    Nikki Haley. Although Manchin is in his mid seventies.

  22. grudznick 2023-11-16 20:52

    Ms. Haley is very nice.

  23. Sion G. Hanson 2023-11-16 21:17

    I am only 65 and share a birthday with Gary Busey and I don’t even know if he is married. Go Joe Biden.

  24. Frank Kloucek 2023-11-16 22:00

    Joe Biden is a normal president.
    Joe Biden acts like a president.
    Joe Biden talks like a president.
    Joe Biden walks like a president.
    Goodness, gracious; Joe Biden is a decent human being and a normal president!


  25. Edwin Arndt 2023-11-16 22:36

    Biden may act like a normal President,
    and he may talk like a normal President,
    but he walks like his knees hurt.

  26. sx123 2023-11-16 23:23

    I don’t agree with a lot of Biden’s policies BUT, I don’t hear him calling names, I don’t hear him belittling other people, I don’t hear him blaming all his problems on someone else.

    Unlike Trump, who’s behavior is simply unnacceptable and a terrible example. It boggles my mind. ___And our governor supports this nonsense.___

    I could probably handle Haley and Manchin if that’s even a possibility. Too early to tell.

  27. V 2023-11-17 08:19

    Biden and Trump are polar opposites. Biden is a gentleman, intellectual, well educated, articulate, highly experienced in political matters, down to earth, compassionate, tolerant, egalitarian, trustworthy, witty, and kind. Does Trump possess any of these attributes?

    Trump may have money, but he has no class.

  28. Donald Pay 2023-11-17 08:23

    Anyone who thinks Biden is too old should just listen to Trump. I mean really the guy is demented.

    sx 123: It should be spelled “Mansion.” He’s never seen a billionaire’s butt he hasn’t licked. He has this folksy style that is as fake as Donald Trump’s “university.” Can’t stand the guy. Haley coddled the orange fascist for years. A lot of the mess that is the middle east right now is the result of the Trump-Haley policies.

  29. O 2023-11-17 13:01

    e platypus onion, was he ever not nuts?

  30. Blüfro Gináre Dpõt 2023-11-17 13:19

    Here are 23 of Joe Biden’s greatest accomplishments as president of the United States:

    1. Passed the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package to increase investment in the national network of bridges and roads, airports, public transport and national broadband internet, as well as waterways and energy systems.
    2. Helped get more than 500 million life-saving COVID-19 vaccinations in the arms of Americans through the American Rescue Plan.
    3. Stopped a 30-year streak of federal inaction on gun violence by signing the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act that created enhanced background checks, closed the “boyfriend” loophole and provided funds for youth mental health.
    4. Made a $369 billion investment in climate change, the largest in American history, through the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.
    5. Ended the longest war in American history by pulling the troops out of Afghanistan.
    6. Provided $10,000 to $20,000 in college debt relief to Americans with loans who make under $125,000 a year.
    7. Cut child poverty in half through the American Rescue Plan.
    8. Capped prescription drug prices at $2,000 per year for seniors on Medicare through the Inflation Reduction Act.
    9. Passed the COVID-19 relief deal that provided payments of up to $1,400 to many struggling U.S. citizens while supporting renters and increasing unemployment benefits.
    10. Achieved historically low unemployment rates after the pandemic caused them to skyrocket.
    11. Imposed a 15% minimum corporate tax on some of the largest corporations in the country, ensuring that they pay their fair share, as part of the historic Inflation Reduction Act.
    12. Recommitted America to the global fight against climate change by rejoining the Paris Agreement.
    13. Strengthened the NATO alliance in support of Ukraine after the Russian invasion by endorsing the inclusion of world military powers Sweden and Finland.
    14. Authorized the assassination of the Al Qaeda terrorist Ayman al-Zawahiri, who became head of the organization after the death of Osama bin Laden.
    15. Gave Medicare the power to negotiate prescription drug prices through the Inflation Reduction Act while also reducing government health spending.
    16. Held Vladimir Putin accountable for his invasion of Ukraine by imposing stiff economic sanctions.
    17. Boosted the budget of the Internal Revenue Service by nearly $80 billion to reduce tax evasion and increase revenue.
    18. Created more jobs in one year (6.6 million) than any other president in U.S. history.
    19. Reduced healthcare premiums under the Affordable Care Act by $800 a year as part of the American Rescue Plan.
    20. Signed the PACT Act to address service members’ exposure to burn pits and other toxins.
    21. Signed the CHIPS and Science Act to strengthen American manufacturing and innovation.
    22. Reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act through 2027.
    23. Halted all federal executions after the previous administration reinstated them after a 17-year freeze.

  31. jerry 2023-11-17 13:29

    23 great points of accomplishment!! That feller deserves another 4 years at the helm of this great experiment called The United States of America!! Booyah!!

  32. e platypus onion 2023-11-17 15:54

    Sad news, Rosalyn Carter has Joined hubby Jimmy in home hospice at age 96.

    Better news, drumpf and Marla Maples broke up and she immediately jumped singer Michael Bolton’s bones. drumpf got jealous, took her back and married her until the next name for an old time candle (sl#t) became available for drumpf to cheat with..(which I did, very carefully, and it turns out a “bitch light” refers to a piece of twisted rag, soaked in a pan of grease, usually bacon grease, lit for indoor illumination, in the pioneer era, when candles were in short supply, or too expensive to be had. In fact, there were a number of similar, but slightly different grease lamps – the Betty, the Phoebe, the cruise, the button, and the slutt (sometimes written “slut”) lamp

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