On October 2, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson suffered a stroke, leaving him paralyzed on his left side, and with only partial vision in his right eye. By the following February, his condition became largely known; however, no one was willing to constitutionally certify his inability to fulfill the requirements of the presidency. Thus, his wife Edith essentially ran the country for the final 17 months of his term due to his incapacitation.
Since the onset of the 2020 presidential campaign, one need have paid only minimal attention to Joe Biden in concluding that something is similarly wrong with his cognitive health. His sound bites are replete with instances where he loses his train of thought, misquotes statistics, and forgets the names of political allies and those in his cabinet.
Most recently, there was also the incident in which Biden lost his footing three times while climbing the stairs onto Air Force One; an episode that one staffer poorly attempted to attribute to the wind.
While plagiarizing speeches in the past, Biden’s history further includes regular instances of fudging the truth. The question now is whether this practice is more recently simple habit or symptomatic of a general mental decline.
In the case of his March 25th press conference (presented on day 65 of his term in office), it was one Biden waited to deliver longer than any president since Calvin Coolidge (who ultimately had a record 521 such sessions). And per usual, Joe’s comments were rambling, disjointed and painful to watch; a literal train wreck that even his access to cue cards couldn’t salvage.
Among its highlights or low-lights, Biden favors returning to the filibuster that existed when he was in the U.S. Senate “120 years ago,” stated that GOP attempts at election reform make Jim Crow look like “Jim Eagle,” (huh?) and claimed nothing had changed on the border; falsely suggesting that the surge of migrants happens annually during this time of year. Though Biden did commit to “eventual transparency” on the border which is so good to know.
To further reassure American voters, Biden announced that he intends to run for a second term; likely eliciting a volume of gasps that can never be successfully measured. And Joe actually believes that he’s bringing the country together, which leads many to wonder exactly what medications he’s actually taking.
Another thing was also certain; the media absolutely adores Biden, with one reporter referring to him as “moral and decent.” For Joe’s part, he was provided with a pre-approved reporter listing containing respective photos so he knew who to call on for softball questions; inquiries that were arranged in order by Joe’s handlers for his selection.
Yet even as things were made as simple as conceivably possible, Biden’s verbal stumbling, agitation and visible confusion were undiminished. And even as he was able to get in a couple shots at Donald Trump, his performance was clearly enough to make some question how he will ever be able to present a remotely coherent State of the Union Address. After all, the real power behind this presidency can’t deliver it for him.
Woodrow Wilson was unable to complete the last 17 months of his time in office. Joe Biden is severely hampered in just his 4th month on the job; with a world much more complex than the one Wilson inhabited.
Prior to the Biden presser, it was reported that half of Americans have doubts about his cognitive state. The question now should be, after seeing his recent live performance, what is the opinion of the other 50%?
Mark Figley is a political activist and guest columnist from Elida. His column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Lima News editorial board or AIM Media, owner of The Lima News. Reach him a firstname.lastname@example.org.