Written by Ashton Snyder on
 July 4, 2024

Biden Attributes Debate Flub To Jet Lag

Biden apologized for the disastrous debate at a fundraiser and said winning the upcoming election is vital.

According to USA Today, President Biden attributed his poor performance in the debate to fatigue from recent overseas travel, despite having returned to the US 12 days before the event.

Addressing supporters at a fundraiser in McLean, Virginia, Biden admitted that his June 27 debate performance wasn’t his best. He detailed that his jet lag, following extensive overseas travel, played a significant role in his subpar showing.

Post-Travel Fatigue Blamed For Poor Performance

Returning to the U.S. from his foreign engagements 12 days before the debate, Biden acknowledged at the fundraiser that he didn’t heed his staff’s advice. He humorously added, "I nearly fell asleep on stage," generating some laughter from the donors present.

Biden’s rigorous travel schedule began with a trip to France from June 5 to 9 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day and to meet French President Emmanuel Macron. He then attended the Group of Seven nations summit in Italy from June 12 to 14.

Upon his June 15 return to the U.S., Biden immediately flew to Los Angeles for a fundraiser, followed by a return to the White House on June 16. A brief visit to his home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, ensued on June 18.

Camp David Stay Before Debate

President Biden spent the days leading up to the debate at Camp David, where he arrived on the evening of June 20 and departed on the morning of June 27 for Atlanta. Despite this period of rest, the lingering effects of his travel took their toll.

"It’s not an excuse but an explanation," Biden said, emphasizing that despite prior preparations, the travel impact was significant. He openly apologized for disappointing his supporters with his less-than-stellar performance.

The president’s reflection on his debate performance and the associated reasons comes amid mounting concerns from fellow Democrats regarding his capacity to meet the demands of a second term.

Calls For Withdrawal Emerge

U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett of Texas became the first Democrat in Congress to publicly urge Biden to withdraw from the race. Concerns about Biden's stamina and ability to handle the pressures of the presidency are growing.

During the fundraiser, Biden reassured his supporters about his commitment and reiterated the critical nature of the upcoming election. He stressed that it was imperative to win against Trump, given the stakes involved.

At the event, Biden expressed regret for disregarding his staff’s advice and acknowledged the poor judgment in undertaking such demanding travel just before the debate.


President Biden acknowledged his travel-related fatigue to show transparency and accountability to his supporters. His remarks suggest he understands the need to prepare thoroughly for public appearances. By apologizing and explaining, Biden aims to maintain the confidence and support of his followers as he emphasizes the necessity of winning the election against Trump for the nation's future.

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