Even before President Joe Biden assumed office one year ago, many Americans were calling his cognitive capabilities into question.
Now, even more rumors are flying after the president gave a dismissive answer Wednesday to a journalist’s question about his mental fitness for office, Fox News reports.
Is Biden fit to lead?
The query, voiced at a rare press conference, came from the ever-cordial former Fox correspondent and current Newsmax reporter James Rosen, who referenced a recent Politico/Morning Consult poll that asked registered voters a variety of questions, including on whether President Biden is mentally fit to lead the country.
As it turns out, only 40% of registered voters either “strongly” or “somewhat” agreed that Biden is mentally fit, while a combined 49% disagreed. Another 11% were unsure.
The poll also revealed, as was highlighted by Rosen, that only 43% of Democrats “strongly” agreed Biden is mentally fit for office.
“Not even a majority of Democrats”
In his unfailingly polite manner, Rosen said Wednesday: “I’d like to raise a delicate subject, but with utmost respect for your life accomplishments and the high office you hold: A poll released, this morning, by Politico/Morning Consult found 49% of registered voters disagreeing with the statement, Joe Biden is mentally fit.'”
Biden at first laughed dismissively, but Rosen wasn’t finished yet. “Not even a majority of Democrats who responded strongly affirmed that statement,” the Newsmax reporter said.
In response, the president said, “Well, I’ll let you all make the judgment whether they’re correct. Thank you.”
“I have no idea”
But Rosen was undeterred, pressing: “Well, so, the question I have for you, sir, before — if you’d let me finish — is: Why do you suppose such large segments of the American electorate have come to harbor such profound concerns about your cognitive fitness? Thank you.”
Biden simply replied, “I have no idea,” before moving on to another reporter.
James Rosen brings up the issue of Biden’s mental fitness. pic.twitter.com/b8conSnqW5
— Scott Whitlock (@ScottJW) January 19, 2022
For his part, Biden may claim to “have no idea” why his cognitive health is being questioned by so many Americans, but this week’s disastrous news conference — not to mention his repeated gaffes both while in office and while on the campaign trail — provides ample clues. Now, as even Biden said, it’s up to the American people to judge for themselves whether he’s really fit to be commander-in-chief.