Joe Biden is at it again. The 46th President of the United States recently snapped at an ally during a speech in Baltimore, Maryland. The incident has many people questioning the President’s age and his cognitive abilities.
The spectacle began when Biden was talking about the impeachment of former President Donald Trump. He made a joke about only making one mistake in a speech, which was met with a few chuckles from the crowd. An ally then repeated the joke, which incensed the President.
“Don’t talk about my age,” Biden said sharply. “Don’t do that. That’s not nice. I’m not—I mean, come on, man, don’t do that.”
The President’s age has been a topic of discussion since he took office in 2021. At 78, Biden is the oldest president in U.S. history. Many Republicans have used this fact to attack the President, citing his advanced age as a sign of weakness.
“It’s clear that the President is not as sharp as he used to be,” said Republican Senator Tom Cotton. “His age is taking its toll on his mental faculties. We need a president who is clear-headed and decisive, not one who snaps at his allies in public.”
Politico, of all rags, which published a quote from Biden “earlier this year” said that, so far as I can tell, has never been reported before.
“The president has vented to allies about how often his age is mentioned in the press — ‘You think I don’t know how f***ing old I am?’ he said to one earlier this year,” the outlet wrote Tuesday. “But who knows what the fates have in store for someone who just turned 80 a few weeks ago (Sorry, Mr. President!).”
The incident has raised new questions about the President’s ability to lead the nation. It has also sparked a debate about ageism and whether it is appropriate to criticize the President for his age.
“It’s wrong to assume that someone is too old to lead simply because of their age,” said Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “Age should not be a factor in the evaluation of a leader’s abilities. Age is just a number, not a measure of a person’s worth.”
The incident has certainly sparked a debate about ageism and the President’s mental faculties. Only time will tell what the ultimate outcome of this incident will be.