President Biden raised questions about his mental fitness again on Wednesday when he was caught telling the same story, word for word, just minutes apart.
From The New York Post:
uring remarks at the gathering hosted by billionaire real estate heiress Amy Goldman Fowler, the 80-year-old president recounted how he was enjoying retirement after two terms as Barack Obama’s vice president when “along came, in August of 2017, Charlottesville, Virginia.
“You remember those folks walking out of the fields literally carrying torches, with Nazi swastikas, holding them forward, singing the same vicious, antisemitic bile — the same exact bile — bile that was sung in — in Germany in the early ‘30s. And a young woman was killed. A young woman was killed.”
Biden went on to say, according to an official White House transcript, that “the former guy [then-President Donald Trump] was asked, ‘What do you think would happen?’ He was the sitting president. And he said, ‘I thought there were some very fine people on both sides.’ And I mean this sincerely, from the bottom of my heart, that’s when I decided I — I was going to run again.”
After the president recounted how his extended family urged him to challenge Trump, he then began to tell the story all over again.
Joe Biden tells the same story nearly word for word within a span of a few minutes.
This is what people who are fine and not cognitively impaired do. pic.twitter.com/ReiyDFZwKu
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Read press pool update below (emphasis added):
POTUS began speaking at 4:09 pm. His remarks were given in a well-appointed living room after an introduction by the event’s host, Amy Goldman Fowler. About two dozen people were in attendance. After briefly touting his economic record, POTUS reflected on his decision to seek the presidency. He told the story about the events of Charlottesville in 2017 as the reason for his campaign.A few minutes later, he told the story again, nearly word for word. Reading mostly from prepared notes, he declared than that “our democracy was at risk.” He evoked the 2020 election and the insurrection and recalled the trying times when he took office. He joked about his age – saying that though he looked 30, he knew why people talked about it – and said he believed that the nation could still be united. He mostly stuck to familiar campaign points, adding: “I am running because we made progress, and that’s good, but I believe our democracy is still at risk” He declared that “democracy was on the ballot again” in 2024 and feels like his predecessor – whom he said seemed near certain to win the GOP nomination – wanted to dismantle the nation’s institutions. He also recited a number of other reasons to run: abortion rights, mass shootings, book burnings, and more. And while he never used Trump’s name, he alluded repeatedly to the threat he believed his predecessor posed. Telling the audience that he appreciated “letting me take another shot at this,” POTUS concluded at 4:29 pm and pool was shown out. A familiar face in the audience: the actor Richard Schiff, whom POTUS acknowledged at one point.
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