- President Joe Biden repeated a story about the 2017 Charlottesville riot and his subsequent decision to run for president in 2020 almost verbatim and minutes apart.
- Medical experts assert that such repetition of phrases and stories can be an early sign of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, especially in the elderly.
- Various incidents and stumbles in public statements have fueled ongoing debates and concerns about Biden’s cognitive fitness to serve a second four-year term.
In what can only be described as a concerning display, President Joe Biden recently repeated, almost verbatim, a story within minutes at a Manhattan reception.
This account was related to the Charlottesville riot in 2017 and his decision to run for the presidency in 2020.
Biden was at a gathering hosted by billionaire real estate heiress Amy Goldman Fowler. He narrated the violent scenes from Charlottesville, emphasizing the presence of individuals “carrying torches, with Nazi swastikas.” He highlighted the tragic death of a young woman during the chaotic event.
Almost immediately after finishing this account, Biden retraced his steps and reiterated the story with scarcely a change in wording.
This incident wasn’t just a moment of déjà vu. According to medical experts, such repetition, while common in the elderly, might be a precursor to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
These instances have sparked conversations and concerns regarding Biden’s cognitive capabilities and his fitness to govern, particularly if he were to secure a second term. A recent Associated Press-NORC poll showed that 77% of Americans share this concern about Biden’s age and capability to govern effectively.
Biden’s allies often attribute his frequent verbal missteps to a chronic stutter. However, the debate over his cognitive fitness intensifies with each new incident, raising questions about his ability to serve another term.
For instance, while welcoming Israeli President Isaac Herzog, Biden referred extensively to notecards, avoiding eye contact. In another instance, Biden seemingly forgot that Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) had passed away the previous month when he asked her to stand and be recognized during an event.
A book by Franklin Foer disclosed Biden’s struggles with name recall and his private admissions of feeling fatigued.
Despite these growing concerns and discussions about his cognitive health, Biden has given no signs of reconsidering his 2024 run, leaving many to ponder the implications of his potential re-election amidst apparent signs of cognitive decline.
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