President Joe Biden’s increasing number of mistakes has become too noticeable for even his most dedicated supporters to overlook. While delivering a speech in North Carolina to advocate for Bidenomics on a Thursday, he unintentionally confused a woman he had taken a selfie with for North Carolina Democratic Representative Deborah Ross. The lady’s identity in the photograph remains unknown.
Biden attributed his lapse in clarity to confusion, a regrettable acknowledgment considering his significant responsibilities. During a speech in Raleigh discussing the 2021 bipartisan infrastructure bill, the 81-year-old president inquired about the whereabouts of Ross in the room. He explained that he had recently taken a photo with her and lightheartedly suggested that might be the reason she had left.
Shortly after, he openly acknowledged his confusion, recalling that Ross was in Washington. In a subsequent part of his speech, he referred to the United States as a significant corporation instead of a significant country.
In 2022, Biden committed a comparable error when he surveyed the participants at an event honoring the late Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.). Despite having contacted her family and issued an order to lower the flags in her memory a month earlier, he inquired, “Where’s Jackie?”
Biden has faced public criticism from Republicans regarding his age, with doubts raised about his mental competence since assuming office. Even within the Democratic party, concerns about the president’s capacity to lead the country safely have arisen, fueled by the repetitive nature of these verbal slip-ups. At 81 years old, Biden holds the distinction of being the oldest president in U.S. history.
With a potential rematch between Biden and former President Trump looming in November, polls indicate widespread concerns about Biden’s mental sharpness. A November survey conducted by the New York Times revealed that 71% of swing-state voters feel Biden is too old to effectively fulfill the role of president. In the same survey, 61% of voters expressed the belief that Trump possesses sufficient vitality to serve as president.