Joe Biden Needs to be Renominated

I don’t mind saying I was wrong about something. To err is human. I watched Lawrence O’Donnell last night, and he made a compelling case for ending talk of replacing Biden as the Democratic nominee. He pointed out that a President’s job is first and foremost, making decisions, not speech making.

I like and admire Joe Biden and believe he had been a first-rate President, but he may have lost the election the day the Special Counsel released his report. The report from Special Counsel Robert Hur characterized Biden as a “well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory”

While Biden is the oldest president in American history. He took office at 78, the same age Reagan was when he left the White House. If Biden serves a second term, he’ll be 86 at the end of a second term if he lives this long. A

Memory, regardless of age, is susceptible to errors and can be reshaped over time. The human brain processes immense amounts of information, leading to limitations in storage capacity. Interestingly, forgetting is a natural and necessary function of memory.

Recent incidents involving memory lapses by President Biden and Donald Trump have sparked a national dialogue on the implications of memory errors for aging and cognitive health. For instance, Matt Griffin, employed in communications, vividly recalls the night his father passed away but struggles to pinpoint the exact date.

Experts acknowledge that occasional forgetfulness is commonplace across all age groups. However, significant memory impairments can hinder daily activities like driving or using a phone. It is crucial to distinguish between mild forgetfulness and more serious cognitive issues such as mild cognitive impairment or dementia. As individuals age, their memory capabilities evolve, and understanding these changes can aid in managing memory lapses effectively.

Donald J. Trump has commended Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, for his leadership in Turkey, and has confused figures like Nikki Haley and Nancy Pelosi. Similarly, President Biden has mistakenly referred to deceased former European leaders while discussing contemporary peers and has even mentioned Egypt as Mexico.

The Raw Deal Biden is Getting from Mass Media

Why are the major media outlets giving more coverage to Biden’s age than Trump’s? Between April 25, 2023, and September 20, 2023 as tabulated by Media Matters:

  • The New York Times disproportionately published 98 stories scrutinizing Biden’s age while only dedicating a mere 48 to Trump’s age. 
  • The Washington Post disproportionately published 82 stories scrutinizing Biden’s age while only dedicating a mere 39 to Trump’s age.
  • The Wall Street Journal disproportionately published 78 stories scrutinizing Biden’s age while only dedicating a mere 36 to Trump’s age.
  • The Los Angeles Times disproportionately published 53 stories scrutinizing Biden’s age while only dedicating a mere 27 to Trump’s age. 
  • USA Today disproportionately published 21 stories scrutinizing Biden’s age while only dedicating a mere 10 to Trump’s age.

Since the Special Counsel’s report, the unbalanced coverage has only worsened and resulted in a poll like this one:  In a recent ABC News/Ipsos poll, 59% of respondents said both Biden and Trump, 77, are too old to serve again. Another 27% said only Biden is too old. 3% said only Trump is too old.