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Biden’s Late Brezhnev Period

Aged President Biden tries to shake hands with someone who isn't there

Well, this is disturbing:

The president attempted to shake hands with someone who isn’t there, then stumbled around confused before finding his way off the stage. Take a look at this clip from Barack Obama’s recent visit to the White House. President Biden wandered around disoriented, and again tried to give a greeting with his hands to someone who wasn’t there.

This is not funny. This man is the Commander in Chief, and he is clearly not in full control of his faculties. The other day he called Russian war crimes in Ukraine “genocide” — a term that has specific meaning in international law, and that commits the US to certain acts in its face. As horrible as what Russia is doing is, it’s not genocide, and it cheapens the term for the sake of scoring political points against the Russians. The point is that the President of the United States is not in control of his mental faculties enough to stop himself from running off at the mouth in a time of war. You’ll remember how in Poland, he called for regime change in Russia — a radical statement that White House aides had to walk back.

I’ve been thinking about Biden as a Jimmy Carter, in terms of his weakness at the polls. But he is also late-period Leonid Brezhnev.

He’s not the only possibly senile politician in Washington:

Some colleagues of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) are concerned she’s no longer fit to serve in Congress, according to a new report.

Four senators, a California Democratic member of Congress, and three former staffers of Feinstein told the San Francisco Chroniclethat “her memory is rapidly deteriorating.”

According to the report, Feinstein, 88, at times “does not seem to fully recognize even longtime colleagues,” and one lawmaker described an instance in which they had a conversation with her in which they had to repeatedly reintroduce themselves and she raised the same questions multiple times, apparently unaware they had previously discussed them.

“It’s bad, and it’s getting worse,” an anonymous Democratic senator said.

This follows a similar report from The New Yorker in 2020, which said Feinstein’s “short-term memory has grown so poor that she often forgets she has been briefed on a topic.” That report also said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) “wanted her to step aside on her own terms.” Her term ends after 2024.

America does not need to be a gerontocracy. If he runs for the presidency in 2024, and wins, Donald Trump would turn 79 on the year he is inaugurated — the same age Biden is right now. If Biden runs and wins — no, really, imagine it happening — he will be 82 on inauguration day, and turn 83 the first November of his second term.

This is too much.

 

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. A veteran of three decades of magazine and newspaper journalism, he has also written three New York Times bestsellers—Live Not By Lies, The Benedict Option, and The Little Way of Ruthie Lemingas well as Crunchy Cons and How Dante Can Save Your Life. Dreher lives in Baton Rouge, La.

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