Dementia watch: Again, Joe Biden refers to himself as ‘Joe Biden’s husband’

Dementia watch: Again, Joe Biden refers to himself as ‘Joe Biden’s husband’
Joe Biden (Image: Fox News screen grab)

Is this some sort of running gag that most Americans aren’t in on, and, if so, shouldn’t the Democratic nominee let us all in on it?

I am referring to Biden introducing himself as “Joe Biden’s husband.” ABC News seems to think it’s perfectly normal. Watch:

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The joke or symptom of cognitive decline came at the end of last night’s Democratic Convention. Biden entered a school classroom where his wife, was waiting for him — a perhaps unintended reminder that the title “doctor” so frequently appended to Jill Biden’s name represents a doctorate in education. (RELATED: Whoopi Goldberg: ‘Dr. Jill’ Biden should be Surgeon General)

As for the curious “husband” comment, Heavy reports that some viewers claim they heard the former vice president say “I’m Joe Biden’s husband” while others insist he said, “I’m Jill Biden’s husband.”

My strong suspicion that he said the former is based on a video of a virtual rally from July in which he again said, “I’m Joe Biden’s husband, Joe Biden.” On that occasion, his wife was not present as he spoke.

What suggests this may be some kind of private joke is an inaudible stretch in the earlier recording that sounds a bit like “As Lily already indicated.” Maybe Lily, whoever she is, is in on the “joke.”

On the other hand, it is entirely possible that this utterance is further evidence of a descent into dementia that is apparent in other things Biden has said and his frequent lapses of memory.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.