It has become woefully apparent to many Americans that President Joe Biden’s mental health and cognitive capabilities have deteriorated over the past few years, as evidenced by the increased frequency of his now near-daily gaffes, misstatements, and mixups.
There were actually multiple examples during a Biden speech on Saturday, in which he forgot the name of a prominent Democratic senator he’d just mentioned and twice appeared to forget or mix up the current year and century, Breitbart reported.
“That other guy I just talked about”
President Biden on Saturday traveled to Portland, Oregon to deliver a speech on lowering healthcare costs for American families, and was joined at that event by Oregon’s two Democratic senators, Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, who he mentioned by name and congratulated for leading legislative efforts at reducing healthcare and prescription drug costs.
However, despite having just repeatedly mentioned both senators, Biden at one point early in his remarks said, “But between Merkley and that other guy I just talked about — in the Senate …,” in reference to Wyden.
That was laughed off by the audience and would likely have been forgotten about as a minor mental slip, if only Biden hadn’t then compounded the problem with another glaring mistake in his very next sentence, this time confusing what year it currently was.
“Look, in 1922 the price for one blood pressure drug that millions of Medicare patients — beneficiaries — rely on went up one — went up by 500 percent,” the president said. Biden did not catch and correct that mistake, but the White House did, and crossed out “1922” and replaced it with  in the official transcript of the president’s speech.
What year/century is it again?
Nor was President Biden finished making mistakes in that speech, as he went on to confuse Medicare with Medicaid and put forward dubious numbers in making claims about healthcare costs and the supposed impact of legislative and executive actions to reduce such costs.
He also confused the century and current placement on the timeline at another point toward the end of his speech, in regard to the 12-year standard for public education in America, when he recalled, “back at the turn of the 20th century, in the late 1900s — 19- — I mean, excuse me, 1890, in that range — they decided we were going to have automatically available for everyone 12 years of education.”
Just a moment later, Biden said, “This is not a political — it’s just a raw statement. Twelve years enough in this changing world, in the second quarter of the 21st century? Is it enough?” The problem there, though, is that we are all still in the first quarter of the 21st Century for the next two and a half years.
Polls show Biden “too old,” Americans “concerned” about his mental health
Many of President Biden’s gaffes and misstatements have been attributed to his advanced age of 79, and for what it is worth, Biden himself joked about that during the speech when he said to great laughter, “I don’t want to take too much of your — more of your time, but this is — this is one of the reasons I got involved in politics 800 years ago.”
While the crowd may have found that funny, most Americans do not, as a recent poll by Insider/Morning Consult found that 76 percent of those polled — including 66 percent of Democrats — thought Biden was “too old” to be president.
That poll also found that 84 percent of Americans believe the president should submit to routine mental health examinations, which would be bad news for Biden, considering that a recent poll from I&I/TIPP found that 64 percent of Americans were either “very” or “somewhat concerned” about the current status of the president’s mental health and cognitive capabilities.