Joy Reid and Brit Hume disagree on whether Biden’s SOTU proves his age is not a factor

 February 8, 2023

Joy Reid of MSNBC responded to President Joe Biden's second State of the Union address, which was riddled with slurred words and fumbles, by claiming it was proof positive that age was not a limiting factor for him.

Brit Hume, a political analyst for Fox News, stated the inverse, according to a report by The Daily Wire.

Reid offered her take after the speech wrapped, saying, “There’s a lot of anxiety in the Democratic political world about Biden’s age. He shattered that tonight.

"He’s obviously … it’s similar to what Nancy Pelosi is able to do. There’s certain things that an experienced politician can do … that an inexperienced politician, even a Kevin McCarthy, who’s been around a long time, but is obviously not as ready for primetime as Joe Biden.”

Reid explained his opinion

Reid then suggested that Biden had used his experience negotiating as a U.S. Senator, adding that he had personally negotiated with many of the people in the room and had used that as president.

As Fox News' senior political analyst, Hume argued that Biden's speech did not reassure those concerned that his age was catching up with him.

Not even a little bit.

"And looking at this one and this man giving it, I think there are two ways to look at this speech," Hume continued, noting that he had seen a number of State of the Union speeches.

He went on to say that people could look at the content of the speech and determine whether or not it was based on fact and had an impact based solely on what was said, or they could look at Biden and how he looked and sounded while delivering the speech.

More of Hume's comments

“The other way is looking at this man, this 80-year-old man, the oldest president I guess ever, and whether he got through the speech well,” Hume continued.

“It seemed to me there was an awful lot of stumbling and slurring and words left out and so on. So the question becomes this: does someone sitting at home worried about the future of our country — perhaps suffering from inflation and the other maladies, worried about crime, worried about the border — look at this man delivering this speech tonight and say, ‘I have confidence to give him four more years. He’s the man who’s led our nation so well, he’s fully in command’?”

“Or do they have doubts?” he concluded.

“Doubts that they may already harbor based on Afghanistan and certain other things. I have considerable doubt as to whether this was a confidence-inspiring speech tonight.”

As usual, Hume was spot-on in his assessment.

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