As much as people try to claim that presidential candidate Joe Biden is where he is today by riding former President Barack Obama’s coattails, the man does have a lot going for him. Or at least he did. But to anyone with eyes and ears, there is no doubt that the man running for the White House is not the same one who entered it 13 years ago as Vice President.
In his prime, there is no doubt Biden was a force to be reckoned with. And the following video from 2007 proves it.
He always appeared to be calm, collected, and was quite the smooth talker, not unlike his running mate. Time after time, he could be seen as the level-headed voice of reason, and he had the experience to back that up.
But more than that, he was quick-witted, and dare I say, even enjoyable to listen to. As you can see from the video, he could make people laugh, even those running against him. It was what allowed him to travel up the totem pole and become one of the leading senators and then second in command in our nation.
However, in the last 13 or so years, the man seems to have aged quite a bit. And I’m not just talking about a few more wrinkles here and there or his hair being whiter.
It’s his mind that is beginning to go.
The once clear and concisely spoken vice president now seems to talk in riddles, frequently not remembering where he is, who he is with, or even what his current position is. And I’m not using the word ‘often’ to be overly liberal here. The running total of mistakes, blunders, or whatever you want to call them that he has made since beginning his presidential campaign is absolutely astounding.
In fact, the number is so high that it has become a significant concern to many in the nation as whether he is mentally capable of handling the stress of the Oval Office carries with it. The video below offers a view of what the man is now, blunder-prone and nearly incomprehensible at times.
Now, undeniably some of these mistakes are just that, simple mistakes. We all make them occasionally. And no doubt being second in command of this nation and then being on a long and strenuous national campaign trail has to be grueling.
With always being in the public eye, the late-night flights, and even longer bus rides, the strain would wear on even the most energetic of souls. But for Biden, this all just might to be too much, as these gaffes seem to prove.
This is a man who can’t remember the first few lines of the Declaration of Independence, who called Bernie Sanders “the President,” and who recently claimed that over half of our national population had been killed off due to gun violence in the last decade. He also claims to have been arrested for trying to visit Nelson Mandela in South Africa and that the Obama administration began in 1976.
Researchers from the Republican National Committee have even begun to keep a running list of all his blunders, as a way to possibly safeguard the nation from being given into the hands of a politician who is simply too far beyond his prime.
And it’s not just the right that has pointed these things out. Most of Biden’s former rivals have mentioned his lack of “clarity” and declining “ability to carry the ball across the end line without fumbling.”
Now, I am not calling these mistakes out to simply poke fun at the man and run his name through the mud. I am doing so because, as President of the United States, he will have to make spur of the moment decisions that will and can have worldwide consequences, even choosing life or death for specific individuals.
And we can’t have a man sitting in that position who, try as he might, no longer knows his wife from his sister, or who makes up stories just to please his audience. Or worse yet, what if he actually believes these falsities to be true.
Instead, we need someone fully capable of keeping their head in the game, no matter what is going on, who they are with, and how stressful their day has been. If Biden can’t handle a single campaign event, how are we to trust him with foreign affairs or the national economy?