President Joe Biden faced questions this week on multiple fronts as his administration addresses challenges ranging from inflation to violence in Israel.
In response, he attempted to project confidence — and, in the process, fueled speculation that he forgot the name of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) within hours of meeting with him, as The Daily Wire noted.
“I want to make it clear to you”
The president’s remarks began with a plea to parents to vaccinate their children against COVID-19.
“The bottom line is this,” Biden said, according to a transcript. “The vaccines for kids between the ages of 12 and 15 are safe, effective, easy, fast, and free.”
As he moved from prepared remarks to address questions from reporters, his comments seemed to grow more confusing.
In particular, he seemed to have trouble coming up with McCarthy’s name in response to a question about the recent meeting to discuss infrastructure funding.
“I want to make it clear to you,” Biden began, going on to tout “a solid meeting with, um, with uh, the uh, the Republican leader in the House.”
“I can’t resist your questions”
Of course, his latest remark was just the latest used by some critics to support their suspicion that Biden is experiencing some form of cognitive decline that could render him unfit to serve as commander in chief.
Even White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki revealed that Biden’s reticence to take questions from reporters is by design. Biden appeared to reference his aides’ instructions to avoid the press in statements this week.
“You guys are bad,” he told the reporters. “I’m not supposed to be answering all these questions. I’m supposed to leave, but I can’t resist your questions.”
Biden went on to field a few more questions, including one about what was then an ongoing fuel shortage sparked by the disruption of the major Colonial Pipeline. He asserted that his administration would “be getting that under control,” segueing into a desire to create a “better-educated workforce” to address the issue of cybersecurity.
On the topic of violence between Palestine and Israel, he predicted that the conflict would be “coming to conclusion sooner than later,” a vague statement that likely comes as little reassurance to the many Americans who already lack confidence in Biden’s ability to lead the nation.