While President Biden was dealing with a challenging week, he was also confronted with a scathing report from the special counsel that called into doubt his mental sharpness. At the same time, he made many mistakes that added to the problem.
The concerns that detractors have regarding Biden’s cognitive capacities have been raised for some time, but the issues that have been raised in recent days have been highlighted maybe more than they have been in any previous week throughout his presidency.
The report that was delivered on Thursday by Special Counsel Robert Hur about the mishandling of sensitive documents by Vice President Joe Biden recommended that the president not be charged with any criminal offenses. However, the investigation identified “evidence that Biden willfully retained and disclosed classified materials after his vice presidency when he was a private citizen.” This evidence was discovered during the investigation.
In addition, the study generated problems for Vice President Biden and the White House since it raised worries about his memory. During conversations with investigators, it was revealed that the president had difficulty recalling important aspects of his life, such as the time he served as vice president and the time his son Beau went suddenly.
According to the report, while Mr. Biden was being interviewed by our office, his memory was significantly worse. “He did not remember when he was vice president, forgetting on the first day of the interview when his term ended (‘if it was 2013 — when did I stop being Vice President?’), and forgetting on the second day of the interview when his term began (‘in 2009, am I still Vice President?’).”
“He did not remember, even within several years, when his son Beau died,” the statement stated. On the other hand, his memory seemed cloudy while discussing the argument about Afghanistan, which had been so significant to him in the past. In addition to other things, he made the mistake of stating that he “had a real difference” of opinion with General Karl Eikenberry, while in reality, Eikenberry was an ally whom Mr. Biden acknowledged with approval in his Thanksgiving note to President Obama.
As a result of the investigators’ perception of Biden as a “well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,” they ultimately feared that his attorneys would utilize his “limitations” in his defense if the case went to trial.
“In a case where the government must prove that Mr. Biden knew he had possession of the classified Afghanistan documents after the vice presidency and chose to keep those documents, knowing he was violating the law, we expect that at trial, his attorneys would emphasize these limitations in his recall,” according to the investigation.
Biden’s week was full of gaffes that made the problem much worse, in addition to the study that explained the concerns that were raised about his “hazy” memory. It was during his defense of his memory that he made the mistake of referring to Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi as the “president of Mexico.” This happened after the report was released.
Earlier on same day, Vice President Biden delivered a speech at the House Democratic Caucus Issues Conference. During his remarks, he confused the terms “red state and blue state” with “red state and green state.”
“When I said — when I pushed these programs — I said I’m going to be the president of everybody we live in a red state or green state,” stated Vice President Biden.
Prior to that, on Wednesday, Biden gave a speech at a fundraiser event in New York City. During his remarks, he recalled previous discussions and stated that he had a conversation with the late German Chancellor Helmut Kohl in 2021.
Kohl reportedly asked Biden what he would say if he found out that one thousand people stormed the British Parliament in an attempt to prevent the next prime minister from taking office. Biden answered that Kohl asked him what he would say.
Kohl, on the other hand, did not show up to the annual conference because he had been deceased for four years at the time that his death occurred. The gathering was attended by Angela Merkel, who had previously served as the Chancellor of Germany.