Concerns about President Joe Biden's advanced age and mental fitness have grown substantially amid the increasing frequency and severity of his gaffes and misstatements.
Indeed, after a particularly disastrous week filled with numerous mental errors and gaffes, some of which featured racial aspects, serious and legitimate questions are mounting about Biden's cognitive state and his capability to serve effectively during a second term in office, according to the Daily Mail.
Unfortunately for the American people, it appears that the White House has no desire or intention to actually address such questions and concerns as the president's team has either flatly dismissed or made excuses for the president's dubious recent behaviors.
One of the latest examples of President Biden's age and mental health status came Saturday night when he mixed up the name of a legendary rapper and referred to him with the racially loaded term "boy" while addressing the Congressional Black Caucus, according to BET.
Both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris delivered remarks at the CBC's annual Phoenix Awards event, during which early 1990s rap artists LL Cool J and MC Lyte received lifetime achievement awards for their contributions to hip-hop music.
The president actually made several gaffes right off the bat in his speech while making introductions and giving thanks that were capped off by his fumbling of the rapper's name and use of a term that is considered racially derogatory when used by a white person to address a black male.
"And two of the great artists of our time, representing the groundbreaking legacy of hip-hop in America: LL J -- Cool J -- uhh -- by the way, that boy has got -- he’s got -- I think that man has got biceps bigger than my thighs," Biden said to some laughter from the audience. "I think he’s been -- and MC Lyte. Both of you, thank you."
That wasn't President Biden's only gaffe involving the CBC last week, however, according to the Daily Mail, as just days earlier he had mistakenly issued high praise for the Congressional Black Caucus while addressing members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus at that group's annual gala event.
That came amid a disastrous week of multiple flubs that started off with an apparent snub of an offered handshake from the Brazilian president while at the United Nations, which followed his nearly knocking over the Brazilian flag while stumbling around on stage.
The week also saw Biden tell the exact same dubious story about his decision to enter the 2020 race twice and "nearly word for word" in quick succession at a fundraiser event in New York City, as well as falsely state that he'd personally paid a visit to the site of "every mass shooting" while pushing his gun control agenda.
Fox News reported that White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked about the public's growing concern about President Biden's age and mental health on Monday but dodged that query and changed the subject to try and tout Biden's supposed accomplishments.
During Monday's press briefing, a reporter referenced a recent NBC News poll which found, among other things, that Biden had a low 37% approval rating for his handling of the economy, had a record-high overall disapproval rating of 56%, and that 74% of voters "have major or moderate concerns about the President’s age and mental fitness," and asked, "How troubling is that?"
In reply, Jean-Pierre first spoke in relation to an earlier question about Biden's support for striking union auto workers before then praising the president's "Bidenomics" agenda as being successful while also casting aspersions at his Republican opponents.
As to the reporter's actual question about the "troubling" poll results, the press secretary dismissively said, "So, I get -- I get the -- I get the polling that you’re laying out. I get that. But we -- we can’t -- we can’t be focused on that. We also have to be focused on really speaking directly to the American people. The next three days, you’re going to see the President go to three states to do just that."