Joe Biden told a half-empty town hall meeting sponsored by CNN this week that if you get the vaccine then you won’t get COVID, that he plans to ban both handguns and rifles, and that a small restaurant owner struggling to hire workers who would rather be paid COVID dollars not to work should simply increase the wages he pays.
These lies and absurdities are of course not the first, and are only one facet of a man who is weirdly and wildly declining – from an already low base. He’s been a serial plagiarist since college days. Back in 2006 he said, “You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.” In 2007 he congratulated Barak Obama for being “articulate and bright and clean.”
In his most recent presidential campaign, a young woman asked him about his weak showing in the Iowa caucus. His answer was to ask her if she’d ever been to a caucus. She said she had. He then called her “a lying dog-faced pony soldier.”
Biden called a man at a campaign stop last year “full of shit” for contending that he wanted to take away guns – which is exactly what he promised to do in this week’s CNN townhall meeting.
He called a questioner at another town meeting “fat” and a “damned liar” and then challenged the man to a pushup contest or an IQ test.
Which brings us to Biden’s recent physical and mental stumbles. He has repeatedly referred to his vice president as “President.” He referred to his Secretary of Defense as “senator” and later that same week forgot his name entirely. He hemmed and hawed and finally was reduced to calling him, “the guy who runs the outfit over there.” He gestured as if in the direction of the Pentagon while actually gesturing in a different direction.
He said 120 million Americans have died of COVID. The actual number at that time was 120 thousand. He told the story of President Franklin Roosevelt going on TV to talk about the stock market crash. Except Roosevelt wasn’t president when the market crashed and TV hadn’t been invented.
Biden’s speech is slurred, rambling, omni-directional and often nonsensical. His handlers shield him from even the fawning and protective press. For his rare press conferences, they supply him cheat sheets and a list of friendly reporters to call on. Biden himself admits that he gets in unspecified “trouble” with unnamed persons if he answers impromptu questions.
For Biden’s struggles, he deserves our sympathy.
But not our presidency. The president is the most powerful person in the world, and the presidency is the most important job in the world. It’s not a gift for demented and senile elderly people because we feel sorry for them.
Is Biden indeed demented or senile? That’s a medical question. Any physician examining a person of Biden’s age and symptoms would seek the answer to that question in order to provide medical care and treatment. Specifically, the physicians would administer cognitive tests to their patient, just as they did with Trump when his mental fitness was questioned. (Recall that Trump aced those tests.)
It’s inconceivable that Biden’s physicians have not administered cognitive tests to Biden. It is inconceivable that in treating the president of the United States they would commit obvious medical malpractice.
Why won’t whomever or whatever is running the Biden administration release those tests? And why won’t the media — whose job is to uncover and report newsworthy facts — insist on it? Is dementia or senility OK in a president if he’s a Democrat? Are the Democrats and their media allies that scared of the person Biden calls “President Kamala Harris”?