Following Robert Hur’s report, which revealed a significant decline in President Joe Biden’s mental acuity, the White House is unfortunately blaming the president’s preoccupation with the Hamas attack on Israel for his “significantly limited” memory. The report, released Thursday, details Biden’s significant cognitive decline — perhaps more politically damning than his handling of classified materials.
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In a post from White House spokesman Ian Sams following the report, the White House is calling attention to a section at the end of the report where the president’s lawyers attempt to rebut the Special Council’s assertion, slamming the “inappropriate criticisms of the President’s memory,” which they deem “inaccurate, gratuitous, and wrong.”
In addition, White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates cited the section, highlighting the part by the president’s defense counsel responding to the Special Council’s findings, stating, “We do not believe that the report’s treatment of President Biden’s memory is accurate or appropriate. The report uses highly prejudicial language to describe a commonplace occurrence among witnesses: a lack of recall of years-old events.”
The White House lawyers’ letter to the Special Counsel in response, claims that the report’s treatment of President Biden’s memory are both inaccurate and inappropriate and that the “highly prejudicial language” contained in it “have no place in a Department of Justice report.”
On the contrary, the president’s attorneys state the interview demonstrates that Biden “did well” in answering the questions posed about past events. They make an effort to point out that the interview took place the day after the October 7 attacks on Israel and that the President was engaged in conducting calls with heads of state, Cabinet members, members of Congress, and meeting repeatedly with his national security team during that time.
Hur’s report is full of examples that the president’s mental faculties and memory have deteriorated, noting that “Mr. Biden’s memory also appeared to have significant limitations.” It shockingly states that he was unable to remember when his son Beau passed away — “even within several years,” in addition to the exact time he served as vice president.
In response, Republican officials called to invoke the 25th Amendment, stating that “if ever there were a time to do so, now would be it,” while insisting that if the president “is not competent to stand trial, then he is certainly not competent to lead the free world.”
The matter comes as concerns about the 81-year-old’s age and mental fitness in an election year continue to increase, with questions about his cognitive acuity already making headlines for his having confused a world leader with a dead predecessor twice in the last week. A May Yahoo News/YouGov poll revealed that a whopping 82 percent of Americans harbor concerns about Biden’s physical and mental health.