Joe Biden’s No Good, Very Bad Day
Some people have unfortunate weeks. But if you’re a certain octogenarian chief executive of the United States of America with a reputation for declining cognitive abilities, you just might have a terrible, horrible week that culminates in a purely distilled no good, very bad day of escalating awfulness.
As the incumbent and enormously unpopular resident of the White House, Joe Biden’s chief selling point is that at least he’s (allegedly) not as bad as presumed main challenger Donald Trump.
“The choice is clear. Donald Trump’s campaign is about him, not America, not you,” Biden told a Pennsylvania audience on this year’s anniversary of the 2021 Capitol riot. “Our campaign is different. For me and Kamala, our campaign is about America. It’s about you.”
That’s a fair enough bid for votes, so far as these things go. But, leaving aside Vice President Kamala Harris for the moment, as most Americans would very much like to do, it’s convincing only to the extent that President Biden remembers where “America” is and is clear about the identity of the “you” he is addressing. And as a series of recent incidents illustrate, that’s not at all certain.
A Cascade of Mental Slips
“Right after I was elected, I went to a G7 meeting in southern England,” Biden said last week at a Nevada political rally. “And I sat down and said, ‘America is back!’ and Mitterand from Germany—I mean France—looked at me and said, ‘How long you back for?'”
Nice catch that Mitterand was French, not German! That’s a save. But forgetting that Mitterand has been dead since 1996 and that today’s French president is named “Macron” is not.
Later in the week, in New York, Biden twice attributed a supposed 2021 comment by then-German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Helmut Kohl, who held that position in the ’80s and ’90s and died in 2017.
He also appeared to forget the name of the Hamas terrorist group that attacked Israel while he was updating the press on the continuing conflict.
This, of course, plays into the public’s perception that Biden may not be at the top of his—or anybody’s—game when it comes to his cognitive status.
Last June, an NBC News poll found “68% of all voters say they have concerns about Biden having the necessary mental and physical health to be president, including 55% who say they have ‘major’ concerns.” A similar 52.21 percent of respondents told pollsters in September that they are “very concerned” about “Joe Biden’s cognitive health affecting his ability to serve another term as President effectively.”
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