President Joe Biden’s recent unscripted press conference has left many Americans questioning his mental health. On Thursday, the report exonerating him of charges related to the mishandling of classified documents when he left the vice presidency was released. However, the special prosecutor, Robert Hur, described Biden in his report as “a nice, well-intentioned old man with a bad memory.” This comment touched on a sensitive and explosive topic: Biden’s mental health.
At 81 years old, Biden is the oldest person to serve as president and is running for re-election at an unprecedented age. If he wins, he would be 86 years old at the end of his term. Despite his advanced age, Biden has faced criticism for his stutter and occasional confusion in public statements. Some opponents have even suggested invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office if they believe he is mentally unfit.
Biden attempted to control damage by holding an impromptu press conference at the White House at night. However, he was seen as confused and emotional during his answers to questions about Gaza, leaving further doubts about his cognitive abilities and temperament when people were looking for stability and reason.
“The issue of Biden’s physical and mental capabilities is the most serious deficit that threatens his re-election,” said Professor Christopher Arterton of George Washington University. “Some of the phrases in the Hur report that determined that he should not be prosecuted touched on this problem and went so far as to describe him as having ‘diminished capabilities,’ which goes beyond the expertise of the Special Prosecutor.” This combined with some recent mistakes has brought attention to this issue that could harm Biden’s chances of re-election.
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