Joe Biden’s mental detachment from the world around him became strongly apparent during his visit with Britain’s King Charles III.
Biden had a blank look on his face and seemed confused as the two reviewed the Coldstream Guards at Windsor Castle.
At one point, the king appeared to have to guide the president around because he seemed lost.
Joe Biden In Trouble
It stood in contrast with prior presidents who projected confidence and strength during the same ceremony.
Former President Ronald Reagan participated in a similar ceremony ―aged 77 at the time ― in 1988.
He projected alertness and projected confidence in contrast with Biden.
Reagan likely had the early stages of Alzheimer’s that ultimately took his life in 2004 in the later years of his presidency.
During Biden’s trip to Ireland in April, he similarly seemed aloof and needed his son Hunter to guide him.
Biden also appeared to break with protocol by putting his hand on the king’s back.
Horrible Optics For Biden
“The optics of this are horrible for Biden. He looks like Mr. Magoo inspecting the troops,” Nostalgia Network president David Bishop wrote.
Usually, meetings between American presidents and British monarchs are state affairs intended to show off the special relationship between the U.S. and U.K.
This time the American contribution looked weak and tired.
It was the latest indication that America’s chief executive may have aged out of the world’s toughest job.
“Judging by the images from Windsor, it did appear that at times Biden almost didn’t know where he was, and that’s increasingly the case when he travels on the international stage. It’s very hit or miss,” Nile Gardiner, director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, told Newsweek.
“It’s not always clear that he’s in complete control, and he seems to be sort of wandering around … When Biden was inspecting the British troops at Windsor, he seemed to be sort of wandering around, and Charles had to really guide Biden significantly.”
Biden’s Aging in Public Projects Weakness on the Global Stage
Biden’s frailty is on display for all to see, friend and foe alike.
A month ago, Joe Biden tripped and fell during the Air Force Academy’s commencement address. Images flashed across the globe of Biden on the ground.
“It’s a sad thing to see,” Republican Presidential Candidate Ron DeSantis said in Beaufort County, S.C., on Friday. “You don’t want to see anyone do that. But it was frustrating because honestly that was symbolic of the state of our country.”
DeSantis continued: “Our country continues to stub its toe … Our country continues to trip and fall. Our country continues to go in the wrong direction.”
Americans are deeply concerned about Biden’s age. An NBC News poll taken last month found that 68% of Americans worry about his mental fitness.
“When we talk about cognitive, these are perhaps, for the presidency, the most concerning, which is our cognitive ability to what’s called crystalline ability, and that’s to recall long-term things, memory vocabulary,” Dr. Anthony Harris, CEO of HFitHealth, said regarding Biden’s mental abilities as he ages farther. “Certainly, those cognitive fluid abilities are concerning as well, when we’re talking about processing new information, how quickly we do that those things decline as we age, and that’s a natural process.”
John Rossomando is a defense and counterterrorism analyst 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, The National Interest, National Review Online, 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 for his reporting.