Biden’s Gaffe Awful But Fits A Caricature Republicans Have Long Painted of The President.

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“…Mr. Biden looks older than just a few years ago,…While impressive for a man of his age, his energy level is not what it was, and some aides quietly watch out for him. He stumbles over words during public events,…” The New York Times noted in a July story on Biden’s age, citing current, former senior officials and advisers: On Wednesday, Biden didn’t make it to the end without a gaffe.

 In Summary:

  • Joe Biden’s mishap plays into a grotesque parody Republicans have long been painting of him. . He tried to acknowledge the presence of Representative Jackie Walorski, who died in a car accident in August.
  • The White House tried to argue that it was a way to show that she was on the President’s mind.
  • The President’s age is an issue for many voters, not just the hard-core Republican base. Joe is 79 years. He is the oldest person ever elected President for the first term; if he runs for a second term, he will also be the oldest person to do so.
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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House, [Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images]

Joe Biden’s latest Slip-up Plays Right Into Republicans’ Hands.

President Joe Biden once referred to himself as a “gaffe machine,” and his most recent faux pas is big. On Wednesday, Biden tried to acknowledge Rep. Jackie Walorski at the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, even though the Indiana Republican had died in a car accident in early August.

“Jackie, are you here? Where’s Jackie? I think she wasn’t going to be here – to help make this a reality,” Biden said.

The White House tried to play the bizarre moment as nothing more than Walorski being “top of mind” for President.

The White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, said, “There will be a bill signing in her honor this coming Friday, so of course, she was on his mind.” “She was top of mind for the President.”

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Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind.

But that’s a reasonably big blunder to render. And it plays nasty for Biden because it fits a stereotype that Republicans, led by former President Donald Trump, have been painting him for a long time.

“This guy doesn’t have a clue. He doesn’t know where the hell he is,” Trump said of Biden during the 2020 campaign. “This guy doesn’t know he’s alive.”

Trump said at yet another time, “Biden is shot. I’m telling you, he’s shot. Something is going on.”

Biden’s Mental Health “Gotten Worse” Over The Past Year

The health of the US president did not matter much in the 2020 election, though. In the 2020 exit poll, 41% of voters said that only Biden was mentally and physically healthy enough to be President. The exact number, 41%, also said that only Trump had the mental and physical strength to do the job. 8% more said neither did.

In 2021, when the US was pulled out of Afghanistan gravely, Tennessee Republican Sen. Bill Hagerty said that the handling of the situation “created doubt not only in my mind, in the minds of many, many Americans, but also in the minds of our allies” about Biden’s capacity to do the job.

Sen. Roger Marshall, a Republican from Kansas and a doctor, said earlier this year that Biden should take a cognitive test every year. Marshall said, “I think we’re all concerned about the President’s mental health.” He also said that he thought Biden’s mental health had “gotten worse” in the past year.

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Former President Donald Trump speaks at a Save America Rally at the Aero Center Wilmington on September 23, 2022 in Wilmington, [Allison Joyce/Getty Images]

We know for sure that the President’s age is 79. He is the oldest person to be elected to the first term as President, and if he runs for a second term, he will also be the oldest person to do that. His last checkup was in November of last year. At the time, the White House doctor said that Biden “remains fit for duty and fully carries out all of his responsibilities without any exceptions or accommodations.”

We also know that the President’s age is an issue for voters outside the Republican base.

In a summer poll by the New York Times and Siena College, Democratic voters who said they wanted someone else to be the party’s nominee for President in 2024 cited Biden’s age as the main reason.

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