As confounding as it may be for most Americans, President Joe Biden said this week that he actually has “no idea” why anyone would be concerned about his mental fitness or, more to the point, his lack of mental fitness.
Biden was asked about the issue during a presser on Wednesday following a report detailing Politico and Morning Consult survey results showing nearly half of respondents — 48 percent — said they had questions about his mental health.
“I’d like to raise a delicate subject, but with utmost respect for your life accomplishments and the high office you hold,” Newsmax White House correspondent James Rosen began. “A poll released this morning by Politico Morning Consult found (48) percent of registered voters disagreed with the statement Joe Biden is mentally fit.”
“I’ll let you all make the judgment whether they’re correct,” Biden responded.
But even as Biden struggled to respond — which seemingly proved the point of the survey — Rosen pressed the president.
“A majority of Democrats who responded strongly affirmed that statement,” he said, asking, “Why do you suppose such large segments of the American electorate have come to harbor such profound concerns about your cognitive fitness?”
“I have no idea,” said Biden.
The Daily Mail adds:
It comes as further results from the Politico and Morning Consult poll found that 37 percent of Americans would rate Biden’s performance as President an ‘F’, while over 50 percent of respondents agreed with the statement ‘President Biden is a weak leader.’
The poll showed that 48 percent of voters disagree with the statement that the President is ‘mentally fit’ and only 43 percent of Democrats said they ‘strongly agree’ with the statement.
A whopping 68 percent of Republicans who responded said they strongly disagree.
The awkward exchange between Biden and Rosen came amid what was generally seen as a disastrous press conference for the President, with critics describing his performance as rambling and incoherent.
Biden himself was resolute in his positive view of his performance.
“I didn’t overpromise, but I have probably outperformed what anybody thought would happen,” Biden said. “Can you think of any other president that’s done as much in one year?”
He went on to tick off his COVID response, which has been pathetic, and the passage of trillions of dollars in government spending as ‘accomplishments.’ By comparison, during Biden’s first year, inflation has skyrocketed, the southwest border is practically wide open with hundreds of thousands of migrants streaming into the U.S. each month, energy costs are rising, the pullout from Afghanistan was a disaster, and Russia and China are threatening their neighbors in ways they did not when Donald Trump was president.
“I don’t think there’s been much on any incoming president’s plate that’s been a bigger menu than the plate I had given to me,” Biden continued. “The fact of the matter is, we got a lot done.”
The fact of the matter is, there wasn’t a lot for Biden to do:
— The border was secure but Biden reversed Trump’s enforcement policies and halted wall construction.
— Gas prices were low and stable; now they’re double what they were and Biden has canceled the Keystone XL pipeline as well as a host of exploration projects, all while pushing a ‘green’ transportation agenda he was not elected to do.
— Food prices are skyrocketing thanks to a supply chain crisis that was initially due to global pandemic shutdowns but which Biden’s hapless Transportation secretary, Pete Buttigieg, has done nothing to fix.
— Shortages of commodities are a fact of life in America today; they weren’t when Trump left office.
And look, Biden can barely get through a couple of statements let alone a press conference, which is precisely why this White House doesn’t let him do many of them.
The American people may be divided, but they’re not dumb. They see Biden struggling mightily and many ask, ‘Who is most responsible for letting this happen?’