A steaming hot President Joe Biden held an emergency unscheduled news conference to defend his memory after the release of a devastating special counsel report but only confirmed that his mind is mush.
The bombshell findings of special counsel Robert Hur’s probe into his mishandling of classified materials predictably let him off the hook but portrayed him as a “sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory” who a jury wouldn’t convict, citing examples of Biden’s encroaching senility including his struggles to remember when his son Beau died.
In an ill-advised presser that only made things worse for the geriatric Democrat, Biden angrily jousted with reporters but got confused about world leaders for the third time in less than a week when he mixed up the presidents of Egypt and Mexico.
Asked a question about the conflict between Israel and Hamas, the 81-year-old misidentified Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi as the president of Mexico.
After assuring us that his memory is fine, Joe Biden refers to Sisi of Egypt as “the president of Mexico.” pic.twitter.com/D5Vbckkr1u
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) February 9, 2024
“As you know, initially, the president of Mexico Sisi did not want to open up the gate to allow humanitarian material to get in. I talked to him. I convinced him to open the gate,” Biden said, unintentionally confirming Hur’s brutal assessment of his mental state.
Biden’s seemingly spur-of-the-moment decision to publicly defend himself after the special counsel report dropped is yet another wet mop cleanup for his handlers who have had their hands full with the deteriorating commander-in-chief whom they desperately need to portray as mentally competent for reelection despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary.
Reactions to Biden’s disastrous presser were brutal as X users held nothing back.
Biden not making the best case for himself that he’s not too old by refering to Egypt as Mexico, saying that Mexico had a gate next to Gaza. Who on earth thought it was a good idea to roll Joe Biden out past bedtime? Unless, of course the Democrats are throwing him under the bus.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 9, 2024
Setting aside the dishonest framing of what the special counsel report said, Biden is not reassuring anyone right now.
Blood is in the water, folks.
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) February 9, 2024
Glad to see Joe dispel mental acuity concerns.
— Max Abrahms (@MaxAbrahms) February 9, 2024
That Biden presser was one of the most uncomfortable moments in presidential history.
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) February 9, 2024
Tonight as Putin gave intelligent, scholarly answers that delved into a thousand years of Russian history, President Biden was babbling incoherently about how the president of Egypt is actually the president of Mexico
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) February 9, 2024
The administration knew in advance about Hur’s depiction of the doddering Biden as borderline senile and tried in vain to get the special counsel to change it, according to Fox News White House Correspondent Jacqui Heinrich.
Biden’s lawyers wrote to Hur asking that he revise descriptions of the President’s memory – notable given voter concerns about his mental capacity. pic.twitter.com/Eke92sZH2s
— Jacqui Heinrich (@JacquiHeinrich) February 8, 2024
“Not only do you treat the President differently from other witnesses when discussing his limited recall of certain years-ago events, but you also do so on occasions in prejudicial and inflammatory terms,” Biden’s lawyers wrote to Hur. “We request that you revisit your descriptions of President Biden’s memory and revise them so that they are stated in a manner that is within the bounds of your expertise and remit.”
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