President Joe Biden is clearly not a ‘young’ 80-years old.
And it seems Father time is catching up with him with each passing day.
Case in point: it seems President Biden took a pretty hard fall during a recent commencement speech at the U.S. Air Force Academy today.
While people fall all the time, it seems Biden has more of these slips than most.
This is a clear reason why many Americans are worried about his age and overall cognitive abilities.
As my 19FortyFive colleague Harrison Kass points out, maybe Joe Biden is just too old to be president:
“I would argue that, yes, Biden is too old to be president.
Why? There are a few reasons.
One is Biden’s mental acuity. While, admittingly, I am not qualified to medically assess his mental acuity, nor have I ever even met Biden, but my sense, reinforced through years of documentation, is that Biden’s mental acuity is in decline.
To my eye, the president is not as articulate or responsive as he once was.
If you watch interviews and speeches from Biden’s senate days, back in the 70s, 80s, 90s – he’s notably more “with it” than he is today.
Actually, if you watch footage from Biden’s vice-presidential days in the aughts and 2010s, he’s notably more “with it” than he is today, which suggests to me that he is in decline.
And that downward trend is something that can reasonably be expected to continue.
Biden is 80 now; it seems reasonable to assume that was Biden to serve out a second term (which would take him through his 86th birthday), he would continue to decline throughout the term.
Frankly, the prospect of a Joe Biden, who is 8% older than today’s Joe Biden, still serving as president doesn’t sound right.”
Even though Harrison and I are on very opposite ends of the political spectrum, I do have to agree with him on this one.
Harry J. Kazianis (@Grecianformula) is a Senior Editor for 19FortyFive and serves as President and CEO of Rogue States Project, a bipartisan national security think tank. He has held senior positions at the Center for the National Interest, the Heritage Foundation, the Potomac Foundation, and many other think tanks and academic institutions focused on defense issues. He served on the Russia task force for U.S. Presidential Candidate Senator Ted Cruz, and in a similar role in the John Hay Initiative. His ideas have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, CNN, CNBC, and many other outlets across the political spectrum. He holds a graduate degree in International Relations from Harvard University and is the author of the book The Tao of A2/AD, a study of Chinese military modernization. Kazianis also has a background in defense journalism, having served as Editor-In-Chief at The Diplomat and Executive Editor for the National Interest.
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