Biden: I Was VP During the Pandemic, You Know

This has become one of the persistent questions that we’ve been wrestling with over most of the first three and a half years of this presidency. Does Joe Biden simply lie to the American people all of the time? Or does he actually believe that many of the things that he says actually happened when they are readily provable as being false? Even more frighteningly, can he even tell the difference anymore? The latest incident cropped up yesterday while Biden was addressing reporters, apparently off the cuff (which his staff absolutely hates). He recounted how things “got kind of bad” when he was the Vice President during the COVID pandemic. Of course, he had been out of office for three years before the pandemic struck. But he went on to elaborate about how Barack Obama had told him to “go to Detroit” and to “help fix” the pandemic. What he was supposed to do about the pandemic in Motor City was not specified. This is like watching a train wreck in slow motion at this point. (NY Post)

President Biden declared Sunday that things got “kind of bad” when he was vice president during the COVID-19 pandemic — even though the virus hit more than three years after he left office.

The 81-year-old Biden, who finished his eight years as Barack Obama’s veep in January 2017, suggested he was still in post at the time of the outbreak during a campaign event with the NAACP.

“When I was vice president, things were kind of bad during the pandemic and what happened was, Barack said to me, ‘Go to Detroit! Help fix it,’” Biden said.

“Well, the poor mayor, he’s spent more time with me than he ever thought he’s gonna have to!” the president added.

Perhaps the legacy media expects us to start simply ignoring these types of incidents because they happen so often that people have just sort of started taking them for granted. But this one is particularly disturbing for a couple of reasons, at least as I am reading the tea leaves. Forgetting some details and getting things wrong is completely understandable as the years go by. I’m no spring chicken myself and I find there are things I can no longer clearly recall. If you forget who you were talking to at a convention back in the 1970s, I’ll give you a pass. The other day I couldn’t remember the name of one of the first cats my wife and I adopted about 37 years ago.

But the story Biden was telling yesterday was about the pandemic. That struck all of four years ago. It happened while he was running for president. Even if he was somehow confusing it with some other crisis (I don’t see how), it would have been something that he was supposedly dispatched to Detroit to do only four or five years earlier. When he was the Vice President. None of this is ancient history.

This leaves us with one of two or possibly three potential explanations for what we’re observing. The first is that Joe Biden honestly believes – or did believe in that moment – that the pandemic happened when he was the Veep and Barack Obama sent him to Detroit to “fix it.” That’s pretty terrifying, isn’t it? The second possibility is that he knows it’s not true but he’s saying it to make himself look better as a campaign tactic. If so, exactly how stupid does he believe everyone is? This is very similar to when he recently claimed that inflation was at nine percent when he took office. Even CNN was forced to fact-check him and admit that it was 1.4% when Donald Trump left office. 

The third possibility is something of a mixture of the first two. And it might be the worst. Joe Biden has been in politics for a very long time and he used to be very good at it. Sure, he would lie at times like nearly all politicians do, but he was fairly skillful at it. But that’s not what we’re seeing today. Could his cognitive decline be at the point where his various memories and fantasies are floating around in his head in an unrecognizable mixture and he just snatches them up at random when it seems useful in the moment? This is the guy in charge of the nuclear codes. Surely his staff is aware of all of this. Why would they still send him out to keep talking and rambling if they know he’s in this poor of a condition? This isn’t just a lack of competence. It’s dangerous at a global level.

Many people in conservative media have had a good time poking fun at Joe Biden’s cognitive issues. Others in the liberal media have done their level best to ignore it all and pretend that none of this is happening. Both approaches are incorrect in my opinion. This is an extremely serious situation and something should be done. We may not be able to wait until next January. I never thought I would hear myself saying this and many people may choose to unfollow me for doing so, but I’m reaching the stage where I think we might almost be safer if Joe Biden were removed from office by the Cabinet at this point and replaced by Kamala Harris. (God help us all.)

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