Biden lashes back on report’s competency concerns: ‘How in the hell dare he raise that?’ Then, he mixes up presidents of Mexico and Egypt

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President Joe Biden talks to reporters about the mental competency concerns raised in the special counsel's report on his retention of classified documents when he was a civilian.

In a surprise live video appearance on Thursday, President Joe Biden hit back at the characterization of him as a well-meaning but forgetful old man. His appearance at a podium in the White House was in response to a special counsel report to the Department of Justice concerning Biden’s decades-long habit of storing classified documents in his garage and other places.

The report said the president could not remember important details, such as when his son Beau died or when he was Vice President.

Yet Biden fumbled badly during the press conference.

In answering a reporter’s question he confused Egyptian Head of State Abdel Fattah El-Sisi by calling him with the president of Mexico.

“As you know, initially, the president of Mexico, Sisi, did not want to open up the gate to allow humanitarian material to get in,” Biden said, when asked about the border between Gaza and Egypt. “I talked to him. I convinced him to open the gate.”

He did not appear to realize he had confused the names of Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador with El-Sisi of Egypt.

The C-SPAN link to that section of his remarks is here.

In referring to the special counsel report, Biden said, “I’m well-meaning, and I’m an elderly man, and I know what the hell I’m doing. I’ve been president, and I put this country back on its feet. I don’t need his recommendation. That’s totally out –“

A Fox News reporter asked him, “How bad is your memory? And can you continue as president?”

“My memory is so bad I let you speak,” he replied.

A reporter asked him, “Do you feel your memory has gotten worse, Mr. President?”

“No, look, my memory is not — my memory is fine. My memory — take a look at what I’ve done since I’ve become president. None of you thought I could pass any of the things I got passed. How did that happen? You know, I guess I just forgot what was going on,” Biden responded.

He also commented on the report’s allegation that he could not remember when his son died.

“The decision to decline criminal charges was straightforward. The evidence suggests that Mr. Biden did not willfully retain these documents. The evidence, he said, I did not willfully retain these documents. In addition, I know there’s some attention paid to some language in the report about my recollection of events. There’s even reference that I don’t remember when my son died.

“How in the hell dare he raise that? Frankly, when I was asked the question, I thought to myself, it wasn’t any of their damn business. Let me tell you something. Some of you have commented I wear, since the day he died, every single day the rosary he got from our lady of — every Memorial Day, we hold a service remembering him, attended by friends and family and the people who loved him.”

He continued, “I don’t need anyone. I don’t need anyone to remind me when he passed away — or he passed away. Simple truth is I sat for five-hour interview over two days of events going back 40 years. At the same time, I was managing an international crisis. Their task was to make a decision about whether to move forward with charges in this case.”

The White House also published a written statement from Biden about the report. It says, in full:

“The Special Counsel released today its findings about its look into my handling of classified documents. I was pleased to see they reached the conclusion I believed all along they would reach – that there would be no charges brought in this case and the matter is now closed.
 
“This was an exhaustive investigation going back more than 40 years, even into the 1970s when I was a young Senator. I cooperated completely, threw up no roadblocks, and sought no delays. In fact, I was so determined to give the Special Counsel what they needed that I went forward with five hours of in-person interviews over two days on October 8th and 9th of last year, even though Israel had just been attacked on October 7th and I was in the middle of handling an international crisis. I just believed that’s what I owed the American people so they could know no charges would be brought and the matter closed.
 
“Over my career in public service, I have always worked to protect America’s security. I take these issues seriously and no one has ever questioned that.”

Watch the extended version of his remarks at this C-SPAN link.

The Biden handlers do not put the president in front of the press corps for live press conferences often. In fact, Biden has held fewer solo news conferences with American reporters than any previous president except Reagan.

Presidents Barack Obama held 44 and Donald Trump 64 solo press conferences during their respective eight and four years in office. Biden has had a total of 14 solo press conferences in his three years, according to the American Presidency Project.

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  1. Considering how many different stories Grandpa Bloodstains has told about Beau’s dying, I’m not surprised he can’t keep up.

    He’d need a baseball style scorecard to do so.

    That’s the problem with being a compulsive liar in politics. The receipts eventually catch up to you. Add in his obvious encroaching dementia…

  2. Pretty soon the smart people (if there are any) in Kamala’s office are gonna realize Grandpa Bloodstains is in a Constitutional trap. He is exactly what the 25th was created for.

    If she wants the brass ring, there’s never gonna be a better time.

  3. I’d hate to be in Congress right now.
    This is as close to a genuine constitutional crisis as I can remember. For everyone.

    The Cabinet is duty bound to discuss the 25th. They will have to explain why or why not.

    Congress has to decide if they are going to do their duty and demand immediate hearings on the competency of Grandpa Bloodstains. This puts everything and everyone on the spot.

    The media can spin this, but they can’t not cover it.

    Can Trump’s people mussel him enough to not go completely Trump and alienate the few sane voters left? This is a golden opportunity, don’t blow it.

    I’m old enough to remember Watergate. Watergate was child’s play compared to the ramifications of this mess.

  4. During the previous administration Democrats were calling for using the 25th Amendment for much, much less. If President Biden, due to his obvious mental decline, cannot be charged with the same thing President Trump has been charged with then the 25th Amendment must be seriously considered.

    • In a rational world, in which decisions and judgements are made in a logical and rational manner, what you say would certainly be the case. But unfortunately we live in a world currently dominated by a radical leftist, pro-globalist establishment, for whom seizing and exercising power is the end-all and be-all, all morals, rules and ethics be damned. So the logic of your case is, in effect, meaningless to the (political) situation on the ground.

  5. Hur gave Grandpa Joe an easy off-ramp…do not pass go, do not collect $200, take the exit now. The country should be able to put-up with VP chuckles for a few months. She can’t do any worse than Joe.

  6. Shouldn’t we want to keep Joe there?
    Would Harris be able to win?
    Or will the risk of a very rapid WW3 make keeping him until next January a bad idea?
    Just wondering

    • Maybe(?) … Your WW-III question would be best answered by Miley & Austin, as I’m sure they have a firm grip and understanding of the potential consequences, as well as, the obvious inside connections with potential adversaries, all of which they’re in constant communications on such matters. At the end of the day, Fed Guv’ment will surely just print more $$$, give it away to far away “lost cause” endeavors, ensuring hefty – lucrative military contracts, for which those companies will reciprocate with healthy employment opportunities.

  7. Note the focus is on Biden’s senility, and less so on the fact he had top secret SCI, documents in his garage.

    Biden also thinks the country is better under his ‘leadership’? Really, lets review:

    1. Open borders. Biggest invasion in US history. Many states and towns crumpling under the crime, and cost.
    2. Largest debt in US history- now $34 trillion, with $700 billion annual interest payments.
    3. Highest energy prices, ever.
    4. Highest rents mortgage costs, in part, due to the ten million that invaded.
    5. Massive inflation that has made every single American poorer.
    6. Crime out of control as many US cities fail. Businesses fleeing.
    7. 70,000 Americans being killed by fentanyl annually, in part due to Democrats pro drug, pro open border insanity.
    8. US military unable to recruit, retain talented people.
    9. US consumer credit card debt at record levels- over one trillion dollars, as Americans struggle.
    10. Mortgage interest costs highest in over 20 years.

    Not a record to boast about.

  8. As a parent, I can’t imagine a hell worse than outliving your child.

    But truth is, Grandpa Bloodstains has been dining out on the death of his son every chance he got.

    Grandpa Bloodstains has long ago surrendered his right to be outraged on this point.

    • There is no statute of limitations on grief. Maybe, thinking about it helps assuage it to some extent. It was wrong of Mr Hur to state a false summary especially in light of knowing that it would be published and most people wouldn’t read the whole 388 pages for the details, nor recall that the bottom line was there was no reason to think it was a prosecutable action.

    • Yes. Garland pulled the trigger.
      Who’s the replacement?
      Newsom, M. Obama, Harris?
      Presidential betting odds haven’t changed.
      I think Obama & Newsom might beat DJT.

  9. Great-grandpap Joe seems to imagine himself as the aging Don Corleone of world politics – a man who is a wee bit corrupt and dangerous, but smart – although we have long known that he has always been Fredo. Let’s hope that Don Biden will soon be obligated by nature to retire from his part-time job as office holder in the White House, so that he can spend the remaining years of his dotage in his tomato garden, and in counseling VP Kamala Harris on who will betray her. “Remember… , uh…, oh, the person who comes to you offering to set up a meeting with President-elect Trump… HE is the traitor!” Look for the movie version of this story.

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