You’ve probably heard all the rumors about how bad the Biden-Harris administration is to work for. Vice President Kamala Harris seems particularly unlikeable as a boss. In fact, over the course of her 18 months in office, she has lost no less than eleven aids and advisers, with two leaving just this month.
Naturally, this has led to no shortage of questions as to why. Some say they are leaving for better jobs, to spend more time with family, etc. But are those really the reasons?
Or perhaps is Harris and her office “abusive,” as some say?
Maybe it’s not just Harris, either.
This week, Fox News confirmed that Biden has an aide leaving as well, although it is the first that we know of.
According to the outlet, Biden’s personal aide, Stephen Goepfert, is resigning from his position under Biden. Jacob Spreyer, who is the current official White House receptionist, will be taking his place on Friday.
Goepfert has been at Biden’s side from the beginning, or at least nearly the start of his 2020 presidential campaign.
Biden said of his soon-to-be departing aide, “From the campaign to the White House, Stephen Goepfert has been by my side. In moments big, small, and extraordinary, he’s been a trusted and loyal confidant who everyone counts on and who always delivers.”
He added that the aide would be missed but that the Biden family is proud of him and glad that he will continue to serve the American people.
It is noted that after leaving Biden’s office on Friday, Goepfert will take a position within the Transportation Department. At present, both the title and duties of his new role there are unknown.
But that’s not really the important part, is it?
No, the thing to note here is that Biden’s handler is leaving him. I mean, this is the man tasked with ensuring that the President gets through his day with the least number of incidents possible.
He’s the one getting him from one point to another, who hands him the note cards he’s supposed to read off of. This is the guy who’s supposed to keep him on track and on schedule, whether that be walking him from one interview or meeting to another or telling him what to do next.
As one of Biden’s counselors said of Goepfert, “he has had the ability and the willingness to help the President navigate everything he did throughout the day. That ends up being a critical role.”
Especially when that president doesn’t usually know where he’s supposed to step next, let alone what to say or even who he is.
As White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain says, the position Goepfert has held, assisting Biden in everything, is “a tough and grueling job.” Lucky for Biden, Goepfert has done an exceptional job of it. As Klain noted, “no one has done it with the competence, kindness, and warmth that he has.”
Sounds like the perfect nursing home aide, right?
Now, of course, I’m sure Goepfert is much more skilled than your average person working with the elderly at the local nursing home. After all, he is in the White House, of all places.
No, but in all seriousness, Goepfert is probably a great and much more capable man, which is why he’s leaving his post at Biden’s side to work with the Transportation Department. Although, I don’t know what kind of experience he would be bringing to the Department since all he’s done for the last two to three years is take care of Biden.
Again, that’s probably why he’s leaving. I can’t imagine anyone in politics, whether on the backside, behind the curtain, or in the public eye, would want to deal with that for any real length of time.
The question now will be whether Goepfert’s successor, Spreyer, will be able to keep Biden in line and on task as well as he did. In the coming weeks, we could see quite a few more typical Biden gaffes than usual as a result.