As if the multiple moments of mental confusion over the past week were not enough to concern Americans about President Joe Biden’s health, he presented another opportunity on Thursday.
Biden once again confused the names of political leaders during an address to the nation from the White House. What made this instance all the more ironic was the fact that the 81-year-old commander-in-chief had just asserted his memory was “fine.”
The president defended his mental abilities during a rare moment of taking questions from reporters after his brief address Thursday. This followed the release of special counsel Robert Hur’s report about the president’s handling of classified documents. Naturally, the president did not take direct responsibility for the mishandling of the classified materials as he threw his staff under the bus.
“I take responsibility for not having seen exactly what my staff was doing…things that appeared in my garage, that came out of my home, were moved not by me but my staff,” he said during the briefing which took a brutal turn as reporters peppered him with questions about his mental acuity.
🤣While Putin handles a 2 hour interview with Tucker Carlson like a boss, Biden makes a fool of himself after only 59 seconds with journalists… pic.twitter.com/IosU9KyYz8
— Aussie Cossack (@aussiecossack) February 9, 2024
But no sooner had he insisted he was mentally fit than he called Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi the “president of Mexico.”
“As you know, initially, the president of Mexico Sisi [sic] did not want to open up the gate to allow humanitarian material to get in [to Gaza]. I talked to him. I convinced him to open the gate,” Biden said.
BREAKING: After saying my memory is fine – Biden just referred to Sisi as the president of Mexico, not the president of Egypt. pic.twitter.com/WPeCW73bYg
— Eatlovepray2 (@Eatlovepray22) February 9, 2024
White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates pointed a post from The Atlantic staff writer Yair Rosenberg when asked for comment from Fox News Digital.
“Biden has gaffed names his entire career. In 2008, he introduced his running mate as ‘the next president of the United States, Barack America.’ He was clearly talking about Egypt, named Sisi, and laid out his policy and the broader issues in detail. Twitter just isn’t interested,” Rosenberg wrote in a caption to a post on X that included a video of House Speaker Mike Johnson mixing up Israel and Iran on Sunday.
Biden’s gaffe came days after he had already told a Las Vegas audience that he’d spoken with former French President Francois Mitterrand, who died three decades ago. On Wednesday, he retold the story but this time, referred to the wrong German chancellor in his recounting of the first G7 summit he attended as president.
Biden tells crowd he recently met with a former French president –who died DECADES ago! https://t.co/0d8Q0XNHeU
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) February 6, 2024
But Thursday’s mental hiccup only seemed to provide more evidence of Biden’s declining mental fitness and the terrible optics left many wondering how his staff even thought his appearance before reporters was a good idea.
Biden not making the best case for himself that he’s not too old by refering to Egypt as Mexico, saying that Mexico had a gate next to Gaza. Who on earth thought it was a good idea to roll Joe Biden out past bedtime? Unless, of course the Democrats are throwing him under the bus.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 9, 2024
Biden got the president of Mexico to open the gate for refugees from Gaza?
Dear God. Whoever thought this was a good idea should be fired.
— Marc Lotter (@marc_lotter) February 9, 2024
Yeesh. ‘President of Mexico’ Sisi. Bad for Biden in an appearance meant to dispel concerns about his age. What a year this day has been.
— Susan Glasser (@sbg1) February 9, 2024
The map according to Biden 🤦🏻♂️ pic.twitter.com/NPOdCqcIHs
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) February 9, 2024
I seriously can’t get over what I just watched. National remarks from Biden about how he’s mentally fit and he literally stops speaking because he forgets where his dead kid’s rosary is from and then calls for the President of Mexico to open the Gaza border.
— Vanessa (@Nessakins_) February 9, 2024
Russian President Vladimir Putin: Spends two hours talking about 1000 years of history, geopolitics, Dostoevsky, Russian soul, multipolar world, global economy and AI.
US President Biden: Confuses Egypt’s leader Sisi with the President of Mexico while talking about Gaza. pic.twitter.com/1WAdNuKuyJ
— S.L. Kanthan (@Kanthan2030) February 9, 2024
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) February 9, 2024
This is painful.
— Tom Coss, (EconRN) (@sovereign_guy) February 9, 2024