Joe Biden is clearly manifesting the early symptoms of dementia. From Ted Rall at unz.com:
The president has dementia.
I’m a cartoonist and a writer, and I am most assuredly not a gerontologist. I did not go to medical school. If I am not an expert in aging and cognitive decline, how do I know President Biden has dementia? The same way you and I and everyone else know things to be true despite our lack of credentials: experience and pattern recognition.
I don’t need to be an ornithologist in order to identify a blue jay.
I’m not a doctor, yet I was right and my doctor was wrong when I told her I had a hernia and she said I didn’t; I’d had one on my left side in 1999, and this felt like that but on my right. Knowing your own body sometimes counts for more than formal education.
I didn’t go to New York University film school. Despite my lack of official accreditation in cinema, I know, as do you, that Meryl Streep is a better actor than Brendan Fraser. We know this to be true because we have seen a lot of movies.
When my car’s wheel well issues a rubbing sound that gets faster when I accelerate, I know it’s probably an issue involving brake pads, ball bearings (if the car has significant mileage) or wheel alignment. I’m not a mechanic. But I’m 57; I’ve driven since I was 15 and had enough rubbing sounds to have learned what it probably means.
When I watched Biden’s first presidential press conference last week, I didn’t have to be an M.D. or a Ph.D appended to my name to recognize the clear, painfully obvious signs of dementia. My mother died of Alzheimer’s a little over a year ago. The president looked and acted like my mom about two years before she died: valiantly struggling to hold it together, moments of lucidity and occasional brilliance alternating with terrifying brain freezes, random rambling in search of connection and reaction, and cringy rhetorical crashes when the fremdschamen-o-meter shot to 11.
A real press conference would expose the full extent of Biden’s mental deterioration. From John Kass at realclearpolitics.com:
How long will President Joe Biden’s handlers keep shielding him from White House news conferences? Just how long will the “Hide Biden” strategy last?
No modern president has gone this far into a term without holding a real news conference, according to The Associated Press. And of course, being The Associated Press, this is described as “discipline,” not avoidance. It is described by a sympathetic press ally as a White House “strategy.”
But it is avoidance. And the fact is, he should be having news conferences. And by news conferences, I don’t mean questions he can ignore as he’s led off the stage by first lady Jill Biden, holding his elbow to direct him if he turns the wrong way.
And I don’t mean Biden reading from a teleprompter. He even has difficulty with that lately.
I mean a real honest-to-God news conference where Biden stands and answers hard questions about his policies:
Questions on China. On the Middle East. On the crisis at the southern U.S. border and the surge of immigrants entering the country illegally, including kids and teens, some of whom have been sent to a facility in Texas, which is renewing criticism of kids in cages — a direct result of Biden’s policies and campaign speeches advocating for opening the nation’s doors.
White House mouthpieces won’t call it a crisis. They call a “challenge.” But it’s a crisis of his own making and they know it.
Senile and pliable are just what the Democrats ordered, and then they cooked an election to make sure they got them. From Kurt Schlichter at theburningplatform.com:
It’s weird that our elite betters of eliteness and betterness refuse to acknowledge that the emperor not only forgot to dress himself today but that he’s actively drooling. Check out President Asterisk trying to figure out who the Secretary of Defense is. Not that SecDef is an important job anymore or anything. His gig now is mostly to rid the ranks of extremists who don’t think men can change into women through the power of activists demanding everyone else pretend they can. But still, the president ought to, you know, know who he is.
It would be nice to have a CINC who isn’t manifestly senile. Which * is. And it matters – right now we have an alleged president who might start WWIII by pressing the wrong button thinking it’s his remote and that he’s changing channels from Matlock to Murder, She Wrote.
I’ve never been much taken by the threat that, “History will judge you harshly!” It’s one of those hacky flexes by people who don’t actually believe that history is a thing – at least not before 1619, or maybe when Obama got crowned – that is along the same line of lame rhetoric as the “Have you no decency/principles/honor?” move employed by people who inevitably have no decency/principles/honor. Who cares what history thinks? It’s impossible to give a damn what people today think, much less future people jetting around in flying cars and munching on Soylent Green. But history will totally judge our garbage elite harshly for pretending that Señor Sundowner has still got his “A” game instead of his “R” one.
The mainstream media, including CNN, appear to be overlooking Biden’s disastrous performance on a recent CNN Town Hall. From Jon Hall at fmshooter.com:
Tuesday night, CNN hosted a Town Hall with President Joe Biden where he took questions from Americans on a variety of different topics. Discussion included the COVID-19 pandemic, the re-opening of schools, a minimum wage increase, vaccines, and racism in America. The media engagement was the first glimpse citizens have had of Biden and his stances and views since he became President.
During the night’s conversation, Biden said that he disagreed with the notion that the nation is divided. He detailed:
…You have fringes on both ends… It’s not nearly as divided as we make it out to be and we have to bring it together.
Even whilst urging unity, he labeled the nation’s greatest domestic terror threat as white supremacists, saying that his administration would focus on the “rise of white supremacy” – a vague statement for a specific agenda. Biden also predicted things may return to normal in America by “next Christmas” after the Coronavirus outbreak despite earlier timelines from Anthony Fauci that Autumn 2021 would potentially see normalcy return.
As if all of this wasn’t already bewildering enough, it doesn’t end there.
Speaking of China, Biden claimed that “more people are retired than working” which simply isn’t the case. As of 2019, there were 775 million employed people and 254 million aged 60 and above. While bringing up the population of undocumented immigrants in America, Biden also falsely stated that the majority of the 11 million undocumented weren’t Hispanic. In 2018, it was estimated that 73% of undocumented immigrants speak Spanish at home and 68% are from Mexico or Central America – succinctly disproving Biden.
Biden’s dementia is getting worse, and that may pose a huge problem for the Democrats. From The Zman at theburningplatform.com:
An old expression mothers used to say to their children in the before times was, “Be careful what you wish for.” Getting what you want often comes with unforeseen and undesirable consequences. The logic behind it is that a strong desire for something is a near term thing. You want whatever it is now. The trade-off that comes with that thing you desire, on the other hand, has long term consequences. This is something that the managerial class will be experiencing this year.
The 2016 election became an identity event for the managerial class. The cool belief to hold was that Trump was a rube and his voters were all yesterday men condemned to the dust bin of history. The same people who thought the same thing of Hillary Clinton in 2008 were suddenly sure she was the future. It is the nature of luxury beliefs that they have no intrinsic value. What matters is their moral potency in the moment. In 2008 the cool kids mocked Clinton. In 2016 they loved her.
The traumatizing effect of having those luxury beliefs rejected and mocked by the voting public in the 2016 election transformed opposition to Trump from a luxury belief into a moral imperative. Opposing Trump before the election was like any other fashion statement in that it was confirmatory. The beautiful people were confirming a truth by displaying it to the public. When that was mocked by Trump and the public, opposing Trump became the identity of these people. It was who they are.
Joe Biden is not all there, and hasn’t been for a long time. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:
In his first such public appearance since the campaign, President Biden joined CNN’s Anderson Cooper on stage last night in Milwaukee in a town-hall-style discussion. It did not go well… but you’d never know that if you only read the mainstream media.
The president faced no pushback from Mr.Cooper for failing to denounce China’s Uyghur genocide calling it a “cultural norm”, or claims that black or brown ‘folks’ don’t know how to use the internet, that military is fueling the “growth of white supremacy, or the fact that he wakes up every morning wondering “where the hell are we?”
As Summit News’ Steve Watson details below, the question, after watching this, should be “this guy is in charge now?”
When Anderson Cooper asked the hard hitting probing question ‘What is it like to live in the White House?’ Biden responded by stating “I wake up every morning, look at Jill, and say ‘where the hell are we?’”
There is no way the Democrats can let demented Joe Biden get on a stage with President Trump. From Kurt Schlichter at theburningplatform.com:
There are a few safe bets in life – the sun will rise in the East, the mainstream media will tongue-bathe the Dems, the Never Trump sissies of the Ahoy crew will die alone, forgotten, and unloved – but there is no safer bet than on Joe Biden not taking the debate stage with Donald Trump.
If he does debate Trump, Grandpa Badfinger is toast. And if he doesn’t debate Trump, Grandpa Badfinger is also toast. Either way, that post-moderate muppet is a breakfast entrée. Dodging the debate is merely his least bad choice, sort of like going with chlamydia over syphilis.
The media and the Biden campaign are doing everything they can to avoid the moment where the public consensus coalesces around Biden’s obsolescence. You know how that goes. One day, a politician is defined by his positions. The next day, there’s a moment in time when a new perception gets locked in stone, where the mere mention of his name gets people nodding and a single word seems to define him forever. With Biden, the word will be “senile,” just like with Bill Clinton the word is “humidor.”