President Joe Biden has faced mounting speculation from across the political spectrum regarding his age and his mental ability to serve in the office.
But for some reason, his handlers continue to allow him to speak directly to the public, including in a news conference on Thursday during which the issue of his cognitive function was a prominent theme. Things went pretty much like anyone who has seen him speak in recent months might have expected.
In a press conference aimed at convincing Americans his memory is fine, President Biden forgets the name of the church where his late son Beau got the rosary he now wears every day. pic.twitter.com/YsvgNvbd33
— Dan O'Donnell (@DanODonnellShow) February 9, 2024
Biden says, on the Israel vs. Hamas war: "Initially, the president of Mexico Sisis did not want to open up the gate to allow humanitarian material to get in."
The Rafah Gate is the border of Gaza & Egypt, not Gaza & Mexico. Sisi is the President of Egypt, not President of Mexico pic.twitter.com/ZN8caYLnvM
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) February 9, 2024
At one point, a reporter actually confronted Biden on his obvious cognitive decline, and it evoked an angry reaction:
REPORTER: "[The] American people have been watching and they have expressed concerns about your age…"
JOE BIDEN (pissed off): "That is YOUR JUDGMENT!"
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) February 9, 2024
As the Daily Wire reported:
In an apparent attempt to push back on the serious questions that were raised about his fitness for office, Biden announced a press conference with only several minutes’ warning.
During the event, Biden snapped at reporters for asking him about his mental fitness, even though 76% of Americans have said that his mental and physical fitness was a concern.
When asked about voters’ concern, Biden snapped: “That is your judgement! That is your judgement! That is not the judgement of the press.”
Biden’s apparent dementia symptoms have become a common topic of social media commentary recently.
Joe Biden has senile dementia. I have been saying this for some months now.
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) February 9, 2024
Biden’s Alzheimer’s is a feature, not a bug.
He was selected by the Powers That Be, not in spite of the dementia, but because of it.
This was so painfully obvious to anyone with a pulse and an ounce of objectivity from day one, it’s maddening to watch so many *just now* come…
— Mel (@Villgecrazylady) February 9, 2024
A Dementia Patient Is President Because It Doesn't Matter Who The President Is
So it turns out the dementia symptoms Biden's supporters have long dismissed as a "stutter" are actually exactly what they look like.
Reading by Tim Foley. pic.twitter.com/DxpmYAfdbD
— Caitlin Johnstone (@caitoz) February 9, 2024
I’m not convinced they’re gonna get rid of Biden. They might, or might not. Seems equally likely they’re thumbing their noses at us because they know they can get away with a dementia patient in the White House because they rigged elections & Republicans have done ZERO about it.
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) February 9, 2024
The latest focus on his mental function, or lack thereof, came in response to a special counsel’s finding that he should not face charges related to mishandling of classified material due to his shockingly poor memory.
According to the BBC:
Department of Justice Special Counsel Robert Hur determined Mr Biden had improperly kept classified documents related to military and foreign policy in Afghanistan after serving as vice-president.
The scathing 345-page report, released earlier in the day, said the president’s memory had “significant limitations”.
Even as Mr Biden sought to rebut reporters’ questions about his age and mental acuity, he inadvertently referred to Egyptian leader Abdul Fattah al-Sisi as the “president of Mexico”.
Asked to comment on the latest in the Israel-Gaza war, he said: “I think as you know initially, the president of Mexico, Sisi, did not want to open up the gate to allow humanitarian material to get in.”
Mr Hur interviewed the 81-year-old president over five hours as part of the inquiry.
Here’s some additional analysis of the report: