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Douglas Andrews / March 10, 2021

Joe Biden Stumbles On

The president is scheduled to speak tomorrow, but he’s unlikely to convince anyone that he hasn’t been slipping cognitively.

Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced that Joe Biden will, on Thursday, deliver his first primetime address since having taken office. The address will commemorate a dark moment in our nation’s history — the one-year anniversary of the ill-conceived lockdowns that marked the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and have plagued us ever since.

This will be a busy stretch for Biden and his handlers, as Psaki on Friday committed the president to holding a full press conference “before the end of the month.” When it happens, Biden’s record-setting streak of consecutive days without holding that first presser will come to an end.

What won’t come to an end at that time, though, is Biden’s term in office. His handlers are likely to keep him propped up until the task becomes untenable and until they can figure a way out of the mess they’ve created — most likely by compassionately escorting him off the stage in favor of The First African-American-Indian-Jamaican Woman President in History.

Given the president’s noticeably deteriorating condition, though, we might reasonably ponder whether one of these two media events will mark, as Winston Churchill put it, the beginning of the end, or just the end of the beginning, of the Biden presidency.

The sad signs of Biden’s cognitive decline have been apparent for months now. As we wrote on Election Day, “Joe Biden simply isn’t the man he was when he first ran for president more than 30 years ago. And he isn’t the man he was when Barack Obama tabbed him as his VP a dozen years ago. He was 65 then, and he was eligible for Social Security. He’s 77 now, and he looks and sounds and behaves like a man a decade older than that.”

Indeed, Biden, who’s now 78, was older when he took office than our nation’s oldest-ever president, Ronald Reagan, when he left office after two full terms.

Biden’s incoherence has become alarming, and not just to us news junkies. A new Rasmussen Reports survey finds that 52% of likely voters are concerned that he hasn’t held a press conference, including 37% who are “very concerned.” Clearly, the other 48% aren’t paying attention.

Fox News’s Sean Hannity has been paying attention, and last night he called out the lawmakers who have so far been ducking the condition of their party’s standard-bearer and our nation’s commander-in-chief. “One important question,” said Hannity, “must be addressed: Who’s in charge? Who’s running the show here? Is it Kamala? Is it [Biden Chief of Staff] Ron Klain? Is it Susan Rice, Barack Obama, some combination of those people? Pelosi and Schumer? Do they see it? Every single Democrat needs to be asked, ‘Do they see Joe struggling cognitively?’ It is a legitimate question. It’s a question that Democrats and the media mob had no trouble asking about Ronald Reagan in 1984. The age question. They had no problem raising these issues with John McCain when he was running in 2008. The age issue. Because … that’s not the same guy I remember just four short years ago.”

Yesterday, Biden left the White House briefly to visit a small local business, but even that brief excursion turned out to be too much for his handlers. It’s hard to watch this video and listen to the alarm, the urgency, in the voice of his media staffer and not wonder what’s going on.

Millions of Democrats who voted for Joe Biden last year might not be watching him these days, but the rest of world is watching him. And us. And they’re taking copious notes.

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