President Joe Biden, who will turn 80 the next week, has been under continual criticism during his presidency due to an ongoing sequence of public gaffes, which have led many to assert that his cognitive capacities prevent him from performing the duties of the office. Biden’s age was a factor in the 2020 election campaign, as those who perceived the problem asserted that Biden’s declining health would be damaging to the office.
Biden has produced a slew of linguistic gaffes, ranging from mumbling and incoherence to acute memory lapses. He has also often slipped and fallen throughout his leadership.
Biden stressed, though, that his stamina is enough. “I’m in good health. All my, everything physically about me is still functioning well, so you know, and mentally too,” he stated.
26 percent of Democratic supporters favored a second term for Biden, according to a July survey by The New York Times/Siena College. However, Republicans and detractors have pounced on Biden’s verbal and physical gaffes to suggest that he lacks the mental competence to serve a second term.
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Claims of poor mental acuity have plagued Biden since the start of his presidency, but a slip-up in September in which he publicly referred to a congresswoman who had died the previous month increased the pressure on the Democratic Party as the United States prepares for midterm elections next month.
“Jackie, are you here? Where’s Jackie?” Biden called into the crowd at a conference, referring to the late Republican congresswoman Jackie Walorski, who was part of the bipartisan group behind the White House health conference on food and diet.
“I think she was going to be here,” Biden said.
In August, Walorski died in a vehicle accident, although Biden, the oldest president, could not recollect this detail.
The US president is anticipated to seek for re-election in 2024. He would reach the age of 86 if he served a second term, making him the oldest person to ever hold office.
Jonathan Capeheart, Biden’s interviewer, recently challenged him on his own mortality during an interview on MSNBC.
Joe Biden admitted that he could “drop dead tomorrow” and that it was legitimate for voters to be concerned about his health.
He said: “I could get a disease, I could drop dead tomorrow. I think it’s a legitimate thing to be concerned about, anyone’s age, including mine. I think that’s totally legitimate.
“But the best way to make a judgment is to, you know, watch me. You know, am I slowing up? Do I not have the same pace? Or, you know, and that old joke, you know – everybody talks about the new, you know, 70s, 50s, you know all that stuff…”
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But asked during an interview with MSNBC to respond to voter concerns that he was too old for a second term, Biden urged voters to judge him on his energy levels rather than his age. He added, “In terms of my energy level, in terms of how much I’m able to do, I think people should look and say — can he still have the same passion for what he’s doing?” CONTINUE READING…