Talk about wanting to be a fly on the wall, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre let slip during Monday’s press briefing that her cognitively challenged 79-year-old boss, President Joe Biden, had a recent conversation with Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman, who is dealing with his own mental impairment due to a stroke earlier this year.
Biden is set to appear on the stump with Fetterman this week in Pennsylvania as Republican opponent Dr. Mehmet Oz closes the gap in the race and a reporter cited the “lively debate over Fetterman’s health following his stroke” to ask Jean-Pierre if the president believes there is “any sort of reason for concern on that point specifically?”
Her response was noteworthy in that Jean-Pierre declared that President Biden found Fetterman “to be an impressive individual.”
“Speaking only about the president’s personal conversation with Lieutenant Governor Fetterman, the president has found him to be an impressive individual who is just as capable as always, and who is carrying out his office,” Jean-Pierre said. “He’s currently the lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, as we know, and he’s doing that with great ability and heartfelt concern for the people of the Commonwealth.”
“So, yes, the President feels that he is — he is very much capable of doing the job,” she added.
The reporter followed up, “Sorry, you said that was based on a recent conversation that the two of them had?”
“Well, they’ve had — they’ve met many times, as you know. Most recently, I believe, on Labor Day — may have been the last time they’ve seen each other in person,” Biden’s spokesperson replied. “And they’re going to see each other again, as you know, this Thursday. But the president and Lieutenant Governor Fetterman have had many interactions over the past several months.”
There has been plenty of concern about Fetterman’s mental agility since his interview last week with NBC News, where he relied on a computer to transcribe the questions from reporter Dasha Burnson, who noted that Fetterman appeared to have trouble engaging in small talk before their on-air exchange. The liberal media turned on Burnson almost in unison for reporting the truth.
“He is still suffering from auditory processing issues, which means he has a hard time understanding what he’s hearing, so NBC News agreed to closed captioning during this interview,” Burns told anchor Katy Tur on MSNBC. “You’ll see in the clip that I’m about to play, he has a screen in front of him that is transcribing my questions as I ask them. He’s reading those questions. Once he can read, he can fully understand what I’m asking, and he’s also still suffering from some of those speech challenges.”
On that note, the latest verbal struggle from the Democratic candidate took place over the weekend when he declared: “Abortion rights deserve to every woman regardless of where straight—uh, excuse me, what state that you live.”
Fetterman has avoided debating Oz and has agreed to one debate, which is scheduled for next Tuesday, Oct. 25 — with early voting well underway, the date is significant in that many votes will have already been cast.
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