Is Biden too outdated to be president? | podcast

Is Biden too outdated to be president? | podcast

At 81 years outdated Joe Biden has a wealth of expertise to attract on. There may be simply 4 years distinction between him and Donald Trump. And his rival is as nicely referred to as the president for misspeaking and making gaffes. But one thing has modified.

Unease has been rising about Biden’s perceived frailty and his psychological acuity – and that was earlier than a bombshell report by the US Justice Division’s particular counsel. Within the report Robert Hur, the Republican particular counsel, stated Biden wouldn’t face felony fees for mishandling categorised paperwork. The ruling ought to have been excellent news for Biden, besides the explanation given – that Biden would seem to any jury as a “sympathetic well-meaning aged man with a poor reminiscence” – was so damning. Biden hit again in a press convention slamming the inference that he was outdated and doddery. However as he did so he managed to combine up the names of the presidents of Mexico and Egypt.

Biden’s supporters argue that Trump is simply as inclined to creating errors and is hardly extra dependable, the Guardian’s Washington DC bureau chief, David Smith, notes. But by some means the errors Biden makes are all taken to be an indication he’s dropping his grip. Michael Safi asks why the identical fees towards Trump don’t stick and the way Biden’s marketing campaign can show the president is match and sharp sufficient for one more 4 12 months time period.

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