A mistake happened again at the last minute. Joe Biden almost walked out of the room Thursday afternoon after a fiery statement to reporters that there was nothing wrong with his mental faculties. But when he was asked a question about Gaza, he backtracked. Then came another tongue-in-cheek slip: “You know, President Al-Sisi of Mexico doesn't want to open the gate to let in aid supplies…”
Mexico instead of Egypt, it is impossible to know what was going through the mind of the 81-year-old president at the time. Everyone slips, but Biden's slips of the tongue are going viral, especially among supporters of Donald Trump.
For those unconvinced or unwilling by select pieces, there was Thursday's report on Biden's handling of classified documents.
As a former vice president, he had a lot to offer, attorney Robert Hur said. Biden even shared the contents of some with his ghostwriter. But he will not be persecuted for all that. Because, Harr argues, a jury will gain sympathy if Biden “plays a well-meaning old man with a bad memory.”
Biden made that impression during his hearing, according to Hur, noting that Biden wasn't even ready the year his son Beau died.
“How dare he engage in that,” Biden blasted during a hastily arranged press conference. According to him, there is nothing wrong with him. “I'm fine, I'm old – I know what I'm doing.”
If Biden wants to be re-elected, he still needs to convince voters of this. That job became more difficult after the prosecutor's report. In national polls, Biden was already slightly behind Donald Trump. He's nearly four years younger and sometimes says strange things, but according to the same polls, he's more important to voters than making a tough-talking and sometimes reluctant president.
Claudia Denny, a Republican member of the House of Representatives, called on Biden's cabinet to see if the president could be removed from office, which would be allowed if he could no longer handle his position.
Not a great impression
If so, Vice President Kamala Harris will be President. Harris is the obvious Democratic nominee if Biden withdraws. However, in the last three years, he has not made much of an impression on the electorate. But passing over a politician of black and Indian descent as the nominee would anger a core black electorate already dissatisfied with Biden's policies.
Other major Democratic politicians were not immediately ready, and voters did not have much time to familiarize themselves with them before the November election. After all, the primary exams have already started. Besides Congressman Dean Phillips and author Marianne Williamson, Biden was the only participant. Phillips received no votes, and Williamson dropped his bid this week.
In 2020, Joe Biden was the seasoned, stable candidate for the Democratic Party who seemed best positioned to oust Donald Trump from the White House. He would be an interim president, he suggested, retiring after a term as the nation's savior.
The first worked, the second failed. Trump is back as the Republican nominee. Now committed to his high office, Biden wants to stop Trump again. The question is whether he can still do it. He himself is sure of it. But many voters have heard it in their own context and thought about it in their own way.
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