Amidst increasing examples of repeated embarrassing gaffes, and appearances of being disoriented or dazed during his recent overseas trip, President Joe Biden’s strange behavior is increasing concerns that he is cognitively impaired. This is prompting demands that the current Commander-In-Chief submit to a mental acuity exam, just as President Donald Trump did.
In a letter sent to Biden on Thursday, Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX), the retired Rear Admiral and White House physician for former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, demanded that Biden immediately submit to a cognitive test because his “mental decline and forgetfulness have become more apparent over the past eighteen months.”
The letter, which copied the chief White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci and current White House Physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor, was signed by more than a dozen other lawmakers, including another physician. It told Biden that he should “follow the precedent set by former President Trump to document and demonstrate sound mental abilities.”
“As you may remember, starting in 2018, political opponents and members of the media clamored for then-President Trump to take a cognitive test. In response, the White House Physician conducted a Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MOCA) for President Trump, at which he excelled,” the letter noted.
It asked Biden Thursday to do the same and release the results of his test “so the American people know the full mental and intellectual health of their President.” It added: “The American people should have absolute confidence in their President.”
“They deserve to know that he or she can perform the duties of Head of State and Commander in Chief. They deserve full transparency on the mental capabilities of their highest elected leader.”
In an interview later on Fox News, Admiral Jackson stated: “After this most recent embarrassing performance overseas, I thought it was time to come out [with the letter]. We can’t sit on this any longer.” Videos of Biden from this trip showed what appeared to be a very dazed and confused Commander in Chief.
The letter, notes the New York Post, cites numerous examples of Biden’s “mental decline and forgetfulness.” These include an incident from March when the president appeared to forget the name of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and the Department of Defense.
“I want to thank the sec — the, the, ah former general. I keep calling him general, but my, my — the guy who runs that outfit over there,” Biden said March 8 while announcing the nomination of two female generals to lead US military combatant commands.
The letter also cites remarks Biden gave in Texas this past February when he visited the state following a deadly winter storm where Biden “misidentified the time of day and Senator John Cornyn’s title, and you mispronounced Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee’s first name and Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher’s maiden name of Pannill. Then, apparently forgetting the purpose of your visit, you questioned, ‘what am I doing here?’
A third example given by Jackson recounts an abortive attempt by Biden to recite the first line of the Declaration of Independence in March 2020, during which he said: “We hold these truths to be self-evident. All men and women are created by the, you know, you know, the thing.”
“Most school-age children could recite that famous and revered patriotic phrase by heart, but you could not,” Jackson writes.
The letter does not cite any examples from Biden’s recent week-long trip to Europe, such as when he tried to remind British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that he hadn’t introduced the president of South Africa during a roundtable discussion at the G7 summit – only to be reminded that Johnson had done just that.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Admiral Jackson served in the White House Medical Unit (WHMU) during the Bush era in 2006, serving as WHMU director from March 2010 through December 2014. He became the physician to the president in July 2013, a position in which he served until March 28, 2018. Jackson also served as the first chief medical advisor to the president from February 2019 until December 2019. ADN