A series of serious gaffes have President Joe Biden’s cognitive fitness under scrutiny.
Back in the summer, Joe Biden flubbed the name of the country that Vladimir Putin had invaded, suggesting that the Russian dictator was losing in Iraq instead of Ukraine.
“It’s hard to tell,” Biden replied to a reporter’s question about Putin. “But he’s clearly losing the war in Iraq. He’s losing the war at home. And he has become a bit of a pariah around the world.”
The day before, Biden claimed: “If anybody told you — and my staff wasn’t so sure, either — that we’d be able to bring all of Europe together in the onslaught on Iraq and get NATO to be completely united, I think they would have told you it’s not likely … The one thing Putin counted on was being able to split NATO.
The White House attempted to spin these flubs as examples of where Biden made a joke to a reporter; however, pool reporters don’t recall him making one.
Joe Biden’s Gaffe-Filled June
Earlier in June, Biden suggested that his administration planned to build a railroad across the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
“We have plans to build a railroad from the Pacific all the way across the Indian Ocean. We have plans to build in Angola – One of the largest solar plants in the world. I could go on but I’m going off-script and I’m going to get in trouble,” Biden said.
He followed that doozy by saying blurting out “God Save the Queen, man” without context.
“Although many journalists did a fine job this week highlighting the president’s apparent confusion regarding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, one can’t help but feel as if the news industry as a whole is avoiding the obvious follow-up question. Namely, ‘Is Biden OK?’,” Hill contributor Becket Adams wrote. “It’s not an unfair question, either, considering the Iraq/Ukraine gaffes were not an isolated series of incidents. They are simply the latest in a string of bizarre, confused and mostly unintelligible statements from Biden in the much longer string of bizarre, confused and mostly unintelligible statements that have come to define the Biden presidency.”
Joe Biden Team Denies Anything Wrong With President’s Health
The Biden team has long denied that the president has any serious cognitive impairment. During the campaign, the Biden camp had the doctor who operated on him in 1988 following his brain aneurysms talk to Politico during which he denied there were problems.
“He is every bit as sharp as he was 31 years ago. I haven’t seen any change,” Dr. Neal Kassell, now teaching neurosurgery at the University of Virginia, told Politico. “I can tell you with absolute certainty that he had no brain damage, either from the hemorrhage or from the operations that he had. There was no damage whatsoever.”
Earlier this year, White House Physician Kevin C. O’Connor wrote he could not find any indications that Biden suffers from dementia during his most recent physical.
Considering that 68 percent of Americans told a summer Newsweek poll that they don’t believe Biden has the mental acuity to be president the issue will likely keep raising its head during the 2024 election cycle.
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, 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.
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