President Joe Biden wandered out before the press on Air Force One after his historic, mostly successful trip to Israel to show solidarity with Israel in its hour of need (while insisting that Israel restrain itself in its military response to Hamas).
The forty-sixth president looked confused. His speech was slurred. Biden was surrounded by a phalanx of Secret Service agents, most of whom looked annoyed that he had clearly made an unplanned stop to chat with the press.
Behind him, looking apprehensive and pale with worry, was Secretary of State Antony Blinken. It was obvious that none of Biden’s minders wanted him there.
For their part, the reporters assembled who had started shouting barely coherent questions and hurriedly scratching out whatever utterances the president made in response, appeared equally shocked to see the forty-sixth president wandering about. Cameras feverishly snapped pictures of the president as he looked upon them in visible confusion and attempted—haphazardly—to answer their questions.
Biden’s Slurred Statement
Biden begins his off-the-cuff remarks by burbling on about mass shootings in America and how they’re similar to what Israel just went through at the hands of Hamas. At one point, though, he completely stops speaking and stares for an uncomfortable period of time at the wall.
The longer he stares, the more uncomfortable Biden’s handlers appear.
In fact, it was so awkward and Biden so clearly forgot what he was saying midway through his statement that the NBC News reporters commentating about the event in the newsroom cut in to tell audiences, “Blinken over his shoulder,” as if to distract audiences watching the event live from asking themselves, “What is going on with Biden?”
There is one image in particular that stands out of Biden’s bizarre interaction with the press on Air Force One. He is staring directly at a camera with a distinct look that anyone who has ever dealt with a family member suffering with dementia—as I have had to deal with—has in their eyes.
It’s the look of distress about not knowing where one is or what one is actually trying to say.
It was obvious that Biden was having yet another senior moment. You can tell that’s what this was because immediately after staring into the camera with that look, Biden snapped at a reporter who had asked him a question.
That reporter had simply asked if Biden believed it had been worth the risk traveling to war-torn Israel to address the people of the blighted Middle East. Rather than simply answer the question, Biden snapped, “What do you think?! I’ll let you answer that.”
Anger and Dementia
Biden was snapping at the reporter because, as is so often the case with those suffering from dementia, they try to mask their forgetfulness with anger. This is a self-defense mechanism. He then answered another question about Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) failing to win the speakership position on the House of Representatives with a sarcastic quip.
This, too, was a self-defense mechanism designed to move the conversation on because he was clearly winded.
Next up, Peter Baker of the New York Times asked about why President Biden did not agree with many of his fellow Democratic Party leaders who insist that Israel blew up a hospital in the Gaza Strip, murdering 500 innocent people (here is yet another example of the New York Times’ irrational hatred of Israel as the event has been proven to be a lie created by the terrorists to evoke sympathy from the softheaded members of the Left).
Biden began by defending the belief among many of his fellow Democrats that Israel had blown up the hospital.
He then switched his position and stated that the evidence didn’t show that, but that he “understood” why many of his colleagues would still cling to that lie, before looking away from Baker, clearly losing his train of thought, and wistfully muttering, “anyway…” before explaining that he thinks Hamas may have accidentally blown up the hospital.
Biden was all over the map. He clearly was confused. The president kept it together but barely.
As time progresses, these displays of cognitive dissonance and age-related mental decline will worsen, creating many more problems for the United States on the world stage and engendering a terrifying sense that the United States has no real leadership.
Joe Biden stumbles with his words and has awkward moments of silence as the U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken watches him from inside the toilet on Air Force One.
— Oli London (@OliLondonTV) October 18, 2023
Biden is already the oldest president in history. If he were to be reelected in 2024, he’d be the oldest president to have ever won reelection.
Biden is Ancient
Should Biden make it through his full second term, he’d be a staggering 86 years old. Given his already declining mental and physical state (his hands looked to be shaking as he spoke on Air Force One), it is increasingly likely that Biden’s presidency would be little more than a caretaker presidency with his radical advisers—and Vice-President Kamala Harris—increasingly running the country (into the ground).
A 19FortyFive Senior Opinion Editor and an energy analyst at the The-Pipeline, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (Encounter Books), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert occasionally serves as a Subject Matter Expert for various organizations, including the Department of Defense.