Joe Biden's cognitive decline

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Joe Biden in 2013.

Joe Biden (born November 20, 1942) is turning 77 in November 2019. He will be nearly 78 years old on Election Day 2020. Biden hasn't disclosed his medical history since 2008, when physicians found he had an irregular heartbeat.[1] Biden has long been troubled by health issues.[2][3] Biden has promised to release his medical records in the next several months.[4] See also: Biden's age

According to the British Medical Journal, "The brain’s capacity for memory, reasoning and comprehension skills (cognitive function) can start to deteriorate from age 45, finds research published on bmj.com today."[5]

According to Politico:

The New York Times, the Washington Post, Politico, CNN, the Atlantic, the Associated Press, Slate and just about every other.. outlet you can name has crossed the ageism line to ask the “too old” question in recent articles about Joe Biden, age 76, often in the headline itself.

...after tallying Biden’s repeated stumbles, miscues and mental lapses, journalists tend to retreat from calling Biden too infirm to run the White House. The greater press taboo, it seems, isn’t asking the question about Biden but answering it.[6]

Matthew Walther, a national correspondent for The Week, wrote about Biden's age:

These days, Biden is confused about everything and everyone virtually all the time... He routinely says things that are absolute gibberish... These are not ordinary slips of the tongue. They are signs of cognitive decline that will be familiar to anyone who, like me, spends a good deal of time in the company of people who are roughly Biden's age."[7]

The columnist Michael Goodwin wrote about Biden's performance during the Democrats’ third presidential primary debate: "Nearly all his efforts to make a point were swamped by a sudden change of direction mid-sentence, and then another change a few words later as a random thought popped into his head and out his mouth. None of his rivals needed to interrupt him — he did it to himself."[8]

After Biden's poor performance in Iowa, a Democratic county chair told The New York Times, "He’s pressing against Father Time, who is a very tough competitor."[9]

Donald Trump on Joe Biden's mental decline

CNN's Chris Cuomo recently declared that President Donald Trump isn't aging as fast as past U.S. presidents.[10]

See also: United States presidential election, 2020, Donald Trump's age and Biden-Ukraine scandal

Donald Trump (born on June 14, 1946) is 74 years old (see: Donald Trump's age).

President Donald Trump has called Joe Biden "sleepy" and said that "he looks different than he used to, he acts different than he used to, he’s even slower than he used to be".[11]

The New York Times stated:

Meeting with a group of union officials in the West Wing this year, the president appealed for their support in part by tapping on his head and saying, “Biden is losing it,” according to a participant in the meeting who disclosed the president’s comment on condition of anonymity.[12]


Cenk Uyger on Joe Biden's mental decline

The progressive Cenk Uygur, who is a supporter of Bernie Sanders, is angry that the mainstream press doesn't point out Biden's mental decline and does not call out Biden's lies (Joe Biden lying about being arrested with Nelson Mandela, etc.).[13]

Cenk Uyger says Biden is not going to win against Trump due to his mental decline and due to his lies being called out by the political right.[14]

Joe Biden, grief and cognitive decline

See also: Joe Biden, grief and cognitive decline

A study indicated that individuals with prolonged grief syndrome showed a decrease in global cognitive function over time compared to a control group.[15]

Joe Biden's life has been greatly shaped by grief and he indicated that he has "wounds that don't ever really heal".[16][17][18]

The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry in a journal article entitled Prolonged Grief and Cognitive Decline: A Prospective Population-Based Study in Middle-Aged and Older Persons indicated that individuals with prolonged grief disorder (PGD) compared with a reference group "showed a decrease in global cognitive function".[19] See: Prolonged grief disorder and cognitive decline

Medical journal: Unresolved/prolonged grief and cognitive decline

See also: Prolonged grief disorder and cognitive decline

Bereavement can result in unresolved/prolonged grief, which is often called prolonged grief disorder (PGD).[20]

The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry in a journal article entitled Prolonged Grief and Cognitive Decline: A Prospective Population-Based Study in Middle-Aged and Older Persons

Compared with the reference group, participants with PGD showed a decrease in global cognitive function, MMSE scores, and World learning test (immediate and delayed) over time. Participants with normal grief did not show a stronger cognitive decline in any of cognitive tests than the reference group.[21]

Cognitive decline

This really happened in August 2020, verbatim:

Interviewer: Have you taken a cognitive....

Biden: No I haven't taken the test. Why the hell would I take a test? C'mon, man....That's like saying you, you know, before you got in this program if you take a test were you're taking cocaine or not. What do you think? Huh? Are you a junkie? (laughs)
Interviewer: What do you say to President Trump who brags about his test and makes your mental state an issue for voters?

Biden: (laughs) Well, if he can't figure out the difference between an elephant and a lion, I don't know what the hell he's talking about. Did you watch that? Look, c'mon, man....I know you're trying to goad me. But I mean, I'm so forward-looking to have an opportunity to sit with the President, or stand with the President, and debates. There can be plenty of time. And by the way, as I joke with him, you know, I shouldn't say it, I'm going to say something, I don't, I probably shouldn't say. Anyway, I am, uh, I am very willing to let the American public judge my physical mental phyl...my physical as well as my mental fil... fitness.[22]

According to Biden at a speech in Michigan on September 9, 2020, Trump somehow caused a rise in the cost of "prescription jugs".[23]

At an interview with Chris Wallace, the following occurred:[24]

Wallace: Mr. Vice President, thank you, thanks for your time, please come back in less than thirteen years, sir.

Biden: Alright Chuck, thank you very much.

Wallace: Alright. It's Chris, but anyway—

Biden: Oh Chris — I just did Chris— no no, I just did Chuck. I'd tell you what man, these are back-to-back. Anyway—

See also

References

  1. Biden's eye fills with blood during CNN climate town hall, Washington Examiner
  2. Surgeon who operated on Biden: He's better now than before brain surgery, Washington Examiner, 2019
  3. Biden's eye fills with blood during CNN climate town hall, Washington Examiner
  4. As Joe Biden proves a durable candidate, opponents delicately raise his age, Washington Post
  5. Cognitive decline can begin as early as age 45, warn experts, British Medical Journal press release
  6. Is Joe Biden Too Old?
  7. What will it take for the Democratic establishment to abandon Biden? by Matthew Walther, The Week
  8. Goodwin: Trump the real winner as Biden again proves he’s not cut out to be nominee , New York Post
  9. Can Anyone Catch Joe Biden? by Lisa Lerer, Sydney Ember and Reid J. Epstein, The New York Times
  10. Chris Cuomo attacks Trump for not aging as fast as past presidents: 'Care more, sleep less', Washington Times
  11. Is Joe Biden ‘Too Old’? EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE, The Atlantic
  12. Why Joe Biden’s Age Worries Some Democratic Allies and Voters, New York Times
  13. Cenk's 2020 Prediction After Super Tuesday
  14. Cenk's 2020 Prediction After Super Tuesday
  15. Prolonged Grief and Cognitive Decline: A Prospective Population-Based Study in Middle-Aged and Older Persons
  16. Is Joe Biden Too Old?
  17. Joe Biden’s heartfelt speech on grief, Washington Post
  18. Biden’s prism of loss: A public man, shaped by private grief, Associated Press
  19. Prolonged Grief and Cognitive Decline: A Prospective Population-Based Study in Middle-Aged and Older Persons
  20. Prolonged Grief and Cognitive Decline: A Prospective Population-Based Study in Middle-Aged and Older Persons
  21. Prolonged Grief and Cognitive Decline: A Prospective Population-Based Study in Middle-Aged and Older Persons
  22. https://youtu.be/Woeu5qCqY9k
  23. Two references:
  24. Joe Biden Confuses What Show He’s On, Says To Chris Wallace, “Alright, Chuck, Thank You”