Joe Biden called President Donald Trump “George” on Sunday, as if he were running against George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, or maybe George Washington, before catching himself. (Or being helped by someone outside the camera’s view.) He appeared to be a tired old man in need of help with his everyday life. Yet at both debates, though he made mistakes, he looked to be far more sentient, at times even sharp, in stark contrast to the doddering senior citizen we usually see. How can this happen?
“What kind of country we’re gonna be,” Biden asked in a weekend interview with George Lopez. “Four more years of George, uh … George, uh … he, uh — we’re gonna find ourselves in a position where if, uh, Trump gets elected we’re going to be, we’re going to be in a different world.”
The campaign’s explanation that the former vice president “was addressing George Lopez, the interviewer, as is a common practice” is a desperate attempt make a real issue a non-issue. It’s obvious he wasn’t talking to Lopez. Watch the video.
The media also tried to cover for him. They responded like a toddler making up things after he was caught painting the family dog or stealing brownies. Watch the video again. Try a longer version. The attempt to spin Biden out of trouble is pathetic.
Biden’s staff, which includes much of the media, must by now be weary of having to cover his repeated stumbles and descents into a momentary, but growing, madness. In only the last year, Biden:
- Called the Declaration of Independence “you know, the thing.”
- Addressed Chris Wallace as “Chuck.”
- Failed to recall Mitt Romney’s name so just labeled him “the senator who was a Mormon.”
- Said he was running as “a proud Democrat for the Senate.”
- Identified himself as an “Obiden-Bama Democrat.”
- Apparently thought Dec. 7 is D-Day.
- Blundered his way through the U.S. COVID-19 death toll – was it 20, or 200,000 or 200 million?
- Struggled to recall the word “manifesto,” which is not a term unknown to politicians, until it was provided to him by someone at a campaign stop who had asked him about the New Green Deal and Medicare for All.
- Lost count before he got to three while going over a list.
- Either said Arizona is an “important city” or so thoroughly slurred the word in question that no one could be sure what he said.
Heaven knows Biden has a long history of making gaffes. And maybe some of his bungling can be attributed to him just being a natural-born blooper machine. But all of it? Unlikely. The volume of slip-ups is too much.
Just as disturbing as the constant misstatements are his appearances in public and on video outside of the debates. He looks to be in a hard decline. His facial expressions are dull and empty. He seems to drift, get lost in his thoughts. Or simply has no thoughts and blanks out. He forgets where he is. Staffers feed him words when he can’t come up with them.
While Trump has been energetically engaging a number of large crowds, Biden has hardly campaigned, often shutting down his day’s activities before the morning is over. VodkaPundit Stephen Green has noticed that “Biden goes on TV with notes or even a teleprompter, yet still gets lost three times in the middle of one sentence.” An honest person would conclude that, in the last year, he has aged rapidly.
We won’t speculate as to the cause behind the sharp differences in the Biden of the debates and the Biden we’ve been seeing at other times. We just wish to note the wide gulf between the two and hope that the voters who haven’t yet cast their ballots, as well as those who have an opportunity to change their votes, will do the same over the next seven days. America deserves better than a president who is likely to soon become incapacitated, leaving the White House in the hands of progressives who would rule rather than govern under constitutional restraints.