After Joe Biden showed signs of confusion at several recent public events, the New York Post’s Karol Markowicz remarked on how much of the liberal media have sought to downplay this disturbing reality. She observed that Biden’s mental “decline is obvious to everyone but the press.” Similarly, Jazz Shaw notes that “many major newspaper columnists and cable news talking heads” still “insist that any questions about the President’s current grasp on reality are simply insulting, spurious plots by his critics to discredit him and that everything is just fine. But… that’s becoming an increasingly difficult position to maintain.”
Markowicz highlights the question-and-answer session on April 21 when Biden showed signs of confusion when he was asked an important question about ending Title 42, a Trump-era policy used to prevent a flood of illegal immigration. As Shaw notes, Biden “launched into a meandering answer that probably sounded confusing until you realized that he was actually answering a question about the mask mandate for public travel.”
Markowicz also pointed to comments Biden made on April 22, when Biden emitted a confusing word salad when attempting to criticize Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for recent Florida legislation opposed by Disney. As Markowicz noted, it didn’t go well for Biden:
This isn’t simply misspeaking. He seems fully out of it, and we’re all watching quietly.
On Friday, Biden tried to comment on Florida’s new Parental Rights in Education law and came out with this word salad: “There’s nothing conservative about deciding you’re going to throw Disney out of its present posture because Mickey Mouse? In fact, do you think we should be not be able to say, you know, ‘gay’? I mean, what’s going on here?”
What is going on here, indeed? Is the president OK? He doesn’t seem like it.
It’s funny, sure, but it’s also kind of scary. Who is really running the show at the White House? The president often makes comments about what he’s “allowed” to say, how many press questions he’s permitted to take and which specific reporters he can call on. Who is making these decisions? Is Joe Biden the president or not?
Similarly, on Easter, when a reporter asked Biden a question about Afghanistan, he began to answer but then a woman in a rabbit suit rushed up, waved her arms in front of the President’s face and ushered him away to another area. The woman in the costume turned out to be the White House director of message planning, Meghan Hays.
As Shaw notes, this inability to handle basic questions from the public is a recurring problem for Biden:
When Joe Biden answers a question from the press that isn’t a complete softball, his aides inevitably wind up rushing out to “clarify” what he said, frequently describing a policy that’s almost entirely the opposite of his answer. Joe Biden does not make policy in his own White House. And we’re not being told who does.
He frequently seems confused and his answers sometimes don’t make sense. But the answers a president gives matter, particularly when we’re in a situation in Ukraine that is teetering on the verge of World War 3. And if someone else who nobody in the country voted for is actually pulling the strings, we deserve to know who that person is and what avenues are available to ensure they are accountable to the public.