In a recent press conference, President Biden was left naked in front of a swarm of journalists who wanted to question him about his mental health. The incident occurred on Thursday, which will be remembered as a tragic day for Democrats. Although Biden had been exonerated by the special prosecutor of the Department of Justice in an investigation into the mishandling of classified documents when he left the vice presidency, some critics have pointed out that Hur described the president as “a nice, well-intentioned old man with a bad memory.”
Today, at 81 years old, Biden is the oldest person to serve as president and he is also the oldest to run for re-election. If he is successful, he would be 86 years old at the end of his term. This has raised concerns among opponents who have criticized Biden’s mental health based on his stutter and occasional confusion in public. Some have even suggested invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office if he is deemed unfit.
In response to these criticisms, Biden went out for an impromptu press conference at night where he tried to control damage by assuring Americans that his memory is fine and that Hur’s report was wrong. However, he was seen as confused and emotional during the press conference and made mistakes such as confusing one country with another when answering questions about Gaza. This has only added more doubts about his cognitive acuity and temperament when people were looking for stability and reasoning on this subject.
According to political experts like Clarion Christopher Arterton Professor Emeritus of Political Management at George Washington University, it is Biden’s age that poses a serious threat to his re-election prospects. Some phrases in Hur’s report touched on this issue and described him as having “diminished capabilities” which goes beyond what Hur has expertise in. Arterton believes that this combined with some recent mistakes has brought attention to this issue that could harm Biden’s re-election prospects in November.
The campaign has been hit hard by this incident because it touches on one of Biden’s biggest weaknesses – his age. Even though the economy is doing well, many Americans are concerned about his ability to govern for another four years due to his age. Donald Trump, who will likely be Biden’s opponent in November, has yet to directly attack him on this issue but may do so soon given their history together during previous campaigns.