President Joe Biden encountered an incident on Sunday night that added a physical bump to the challenges he faces in responding to a special counsel’s report critiquing his mental acuity. Specifically, Biden seemed to hit his head on the frame of Marine One as he and first lady Jill Biden disembarked from the presidential helicopter upon returning to the White House from Delaware, as reported by Fox News.
Last week, special counsel Robert Hur’s report scrutinizing the president’s handling of classified documents suggested that to a jury, Biden could appear as “a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.” This lack of precision in recalling crucial dates in his life was cited as a reason not to pursue charges against the 81-year-old president.
In an effort to counter doubts about his cognitive abilities, Biden held a news conference on Thursday night, during which he mistakenly referred to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi as the president of Mexico.
The report from Hur has sparked concern among Democrats. Political commentator Paul Begala noted that the report “clears him legally and kneecaps him politically.” He emphasized the potential negative narrative surrounding Biden’s age, stating, “Obviously with Biden, it’s ‘old.’ So, this really really hurts him.”
David Axelrod, a former senior adviser in the Obama White House, mentioned that the report “just amplified Biden’s greatest challenge.” A recent ABC News/Ipsos poll highlighted this challenge, with 86 percent of respondents considering Biden too old to serve a second term.
Republicans have seized on the findings of the Hur report. Senator Tom Cotton expressed that the report revealed a double standard and argued that if Biden isn’t facing criminal charges, then neither should Donald Trump.
Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley questioned the cognitive abilities of both Biden and the GOP front-runner, former President Donald Trump. She emphasized the need for leaders to be at the peak of their capabilities when making crucial decisions on national security and the economy.