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Doddering, forgetful Biden tells same story twice at NY event

By Jake Beardslee · September 22, 2023

In brief…

  • Biden repeated the same story twice within minutes before a small audience at an NY fundraiser.
  • The oblivious repetition renewed doubts about Biden's age and mental acuity.
  • A recent AP poll found 77% of voters think Biden is too old to be effective for four more years, including 69% of Democrats.
  • Biden has made other recent gaffes such as bumping a flag at the UN and wandering off stage.
President Biden raised fresh concerns over his age when he went into repeat mode at a NY event.  The White House/Wikimedia

President Joe Biden repeated the same story twice within minutes while speaking at a private fundraising event in New York Wednesday, raising fresh doubts about his age and mental acuity.

The 80-year-old executive in chief was recounting a story he often tells about how Donald Trump’s reaction to the 2017 right-wing protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the violence that ensued, inspired him to run for the White House.

According to a White House pool report of the event, Biden began speaking just after 4 p.m. in front of roughly two dozen people. After briefly discussing his economic record, he reflected on his decision to seek the presidency, relaying his tried-and-true Charlottesville story.

“A few minutes later, he told the story again, nearly word for word,” the report stated.

“This is completely fine,” a spokesperson for the Republican National Committee commented sarcastically.

“This is normal…completely normal,” former Sen. Ted Cruz spokesperson Steve Guest added.

An Associated Press poll last month found 77 percent of voters believe Biden is too old to be effective for four more years, including 69 percent of Democrats. A poll this week found that nearly half of all voters believe Biden will be physically and mentally unable to make it through another term in office.

Biden has made a series of recent blunders, including bumping into a Brazilian flag at the United Nations and then wandering off the stage without shaking hands with Brazil’s president.