US President Joe Biden (79 years old), the most powerful person in the world, has lost a thread several times in front of reporters, talking nonsense and sometimes seeming completely confused, staring into space, lost in thought.
This happened recently at a Biden press conference. It is heartbreaking to see Biden struggle for words. Then Biden freezes again, losing a thread several times within two minutes and stuttering incoherently.
Biden is not as present as his predecessors, who spend their tenure in travel or in the Oval Office of the White House as the office requires. US media revealed last week that Biden spent more than a quarter of his first year in office at his home in the US state of Delaware. His travels can be counted on one hand.
Exactly how Biden spends time in his homeland remains unclear. The President of the Republic exempted his homes from revealing the lists of visitors. It is classified as secret who is visiting or whether Biden is working at his main residence in Wilmington or at his Rehoboth Beach vacation home.
A special feature of US policy remains that presidents regularly have to disclose the state of their health. Biden’s first annual check was due in November. Kevin O’Connor, the president’s personal physician, described Biden as “healthy and energetic” – fit enough for his age to fully perform his duties as head of government and commander-in-chief.
The routine examination also included a colonoscopy under general anaesthesia. The check is an explicit physical examination. The president’s cognitive abilities have not been determined. Biden’s mental lapses in public appearances are now well documented. (Bag)
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