President Joe Biden decided to hold a press conference, much to the surprise of many, after the release of a special counsel’s report that described him as a “well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.” This report has raised concerns among the American people about Biden’s age and mental acuity.
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During the event, Biden deviated from his usual practice of taking questions from a pre-selected list of reporters provided by his staff. Instead, he personally chose which journalists to call upon, which led to some heated exchanges, particularly when he called on CNN’s MJ Lee.
Lee questioned the president about the concerns raised by the American people regarding his age and mental fitness. Biden became visibly annoyed and interrupted her, dismissing her judgment and claiming that the press did not share these concerns.
However, Biden’s assertion was contradicted by other journalists present. Peter Doocy from Fox News and Tyler Pager from The Washington Post also asked questions related to Biden’s age and the special counsel’s report, indicating that the concerns were not limited to one reporter.
The poll cited by NBC News revealed that a majority of voters, including Democrats, expressed concerns about Biden’s mental and physical health. Only 11 percent of the respondents said they had no concerns about his fitness for office. Furthermore, a considerable number of voters had similar concerns about former President Donald Trump.
The special counsel’s report stated that Biden will not face charges related to mishandling classified government documents due to his poor memory and age. However, it did highlight his willful and negligent mishandling of government secrets before he took office in 2021.
It will be interesting to see how these concerns about Biden’s age and ability play out as his presidency continues.