President Joe Biden has long sparked speculation surrounding his penchant for gaffes and confusing comments. At one point during a recent MNSBNC interview, he appeared to confuse even himself.
As the Republican National Committee’s researching account tweeted on Thursday, Biden referenced “somewhere between 700 billion and a trillion 300 million billion dollars” in his remarks the previous night.
“If we hire more IRS agents”
Biden apparently became tongue-tied in estimating the amount of money the federal government would recover “if we hire more IRS agents and we go after the folks who are avoiding taxes at the top end.”
The gaffe only contributed to a growing number of misstatements that some critics find humorous while others deem them cause for concern.
After all, such comments are not intended as comedy — they are taken from serious speeches by the nation’s leader.
— Parodies4Conservs (@P4Conservatives) May 8, 2021
Every president sees unflattering or comical moments, but some Americans fear that Biden’s ongoing gaffes might be a sign of something more serious for the 78-year-old leader.
Plenty of questions remain
Earlier this week, a group of more than 120 former military officers signed a letter expressing concerns that the president is not “mentally fit” for the role of commander in chief.
Reports from within the White House seem to signal possible signs of such concerns among his staff. In addition to bestowing a number of priorities to Vice President Kamala Harris, the administration has confirmed that Biden is instructed to keep interactions with reporters limited.
While the ongoing public health crisis has provided an excuse for his comparatively light travel schedule, he is now fully vaccinated and experts are increasingly advising that travel is much safer.
These attributes date back to his presidential campaign, which critics claimed he led from his basement. After spending five decades in politics, it is increasingly clear to many Americans that the president is not as sharp as he once was.
No matter a citizen’s political affiliation, however, one can only hope he can continue running the government during his term in office. We’re all counting on him — whether or not he can figure out his counting.