Biden Finally Does the Right Thing with Grandchild – Too Little, Too Late?
The Bidens finally recognized their youngest granddaughter in an online article for PEOPLE Magazine at 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday night.
Here is the statement from the First Family:
“Our son Hunter and Navy’s mother, Lunden, are working together to foster a relationship that is in the best interests of their daughter, preserving her privacy as much as possible going forward. This is not a political issue, it’s a family matter. Jill and I only want what is best for all of our grandchildren, including Navy.”
One of the most vocal critics of the President’s decision is law professor Jonathan Turley. In a column for The Hill, Turley called the decision “frankly insulting.” He argued that the President’s decision to recognize Navy only after she was exposed in the media is “an obnoxious reason to do so.”
“Even for those of us who merely followed this saga from the beginning, the statement was maddening and frankly insulting,” Turley wrote. “It suggested that there was some reason, until now, that prevented the Bidens from acknowledging the existence of their fifth granddaughter. That is false.”
“Washington is a hard town,” Turley said. “I have lived and worked here for decades and I am still amazed by the cold calculations of many in this city. Long-standing values and associations are routinely jettisoned for personal advantage. Here the moral strictures of the rest of the nation are flipped; vice is a virtue and integrity is a weakness.”
“Yet, even in this place of utter personal corruption, the Bidens shocked the local population,” he said.
A source told PEOPLE that the Bidens were simply following Hunter’s lead — for reasons that remain unclear.
“You have to remember there were some fairly contentious legal proceedings between Navy’s parents happening until just a few weeks ago. As grandparents, the Bidens are following Hunter’s lead,” the anonymous source told the magazine. “They are — and have been — giving Hunter and Lunden the space and time to figure things out.”
Friday night news dump: Joe Biden has finally acknowledged his granddaughter, Navy Roberts. It took him four years to acknowledge the four-year-old even existed. pic.twitter.com/M3HNCFYrmb
— Jesse Watters (@JesseBWatters) July 29, 2023