The president told reporters on Friday that he would be holding a “holding a major press conference this afternoon.” He was actually scheduled for an interview.
Biden stated, as reporters were leaving the Roosevelt Room in the White House.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do and I’m doing a major press conference this afternoon, but I love y’all but I’d like to ask you to leave so we can get down to business,” Biden said.
A White House spokesperson then told CNN that the president was “referring to a previously announced interview.”
Joe Biden: Senior Presidential Moments
This is the latest example of him appearing confused or incorrectly remembering persons or events.
During Biden’s trip to Ireland, he appeared dazed and confused. His son, Hunter, had to keep him focused. He even touched off a firestorm with the British media, which was angered by Biden’s refusal to attend King Charles III’s coronation.
During a stop at a pub in Dundalk, Ireland Biden, seeking to talk up his Irishness, said: “’This was given to me by one of these guys, right here, was a hell of a rugby player. He beat the hell out of the Black and Tans.’”
The Black and Tans were members of the Royal Irish Constabulary who were known for their brutal tactics during the Irish War of Independence 100 years ago.
In reality, he was attempting to refer to his distant cousin, Rob Kearney, who played for the Irish national rugby team when it beat the New Zealand All Blacks Rugby Team at Soldier Field in 2016
Last September, Biden asked where Indiana Rep. Jackie Walorski was even though she had recently died in a car crash.
“I want to thank all of you here, including bipartisan elected officials like Representative [Jim] McGovern, Senator [Mike] Braun, Senator [Cory] Booker, Representative Jackie — are you here? Where’s Jackie? — I think she was going to be here,” the president said.
Biden had released a statement a month earlier offering his condolences after she was killed.
He conceded in 2018 that he had a knack for making dumb comments.
“I am a gaffe machine,” Biden said in 2018. “But my God, what a wonderful thing compared to a guy who can’t tell the truth.”
Americans Worried About Biden’s Mental Acuity
A March Yahoo News/YouGov poll found that 68 percent of Americans believe that Joe Biden is too old to be president; 18 percent of Democrats agreed. It also found that 77 percent of Americans worry about Biden’s mental acuity.
This trend has continued. A Rasmussen poll released Friday found that 73 percent of likely voters think Biden is too old to be president. Of those individuals, 49 percent said they thought his health would be a very serious problem.
Biden dismissed this, following his announcement earlier this month that he plans to seek a second term, after a Los Angeles Times reporter informed him that 70 percent of Americans did not want him to run again.
“(The American electorate is) going to see a race, and they’re going to judge whether or not I have it or don’t have it. I respect them taking a hard look at it. I take a hard look at it as well – I took a hard look at it before I decided to run, and I feel good, I feel excited about the prospects,” Biden said. “I think I still would be running if (Trump) wasn’t. I do know him well … Look, there’s just – there’s more to finish the job. We have an opportunity to put ourselves in a position where we are economically and politically secure for a long time … So, I think we have to finish the job and nail it down.”
If Biden wins re-election, he would be 86 at the end of his second term: three years older than Ronald Reagan was when he announced his fight with Alzheimer’s in 1994.
Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton has questioned Biden’s abilities past age 80.
“My stomach clenches at the prospect of a venerable president becoming incapable of strong leadership for all the dangers of aging past 80, at the inevitable wince-worthy moments that may accrue to the point of putting our nation at risk,” Lawton said.
John Rossomando was a senior analyst for Defense Policy and served as Senior Analyst for Counterterrorism at The Investigative Project on Terrorism for eight years. His work has been featured in numerous publications such as The American Thinker, Daily Wire, Red Alert Politics, CNSNews.com, The Daily Caller, Human Events, Newsmax, The American Spectator, TownHall.com, and Crisis Magazine. He also served as senior managing editor of The Bulletin, a 100,000-circulation daily newspaper in Philadelphia, and received the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors first-place award in 2008 for his reporting.