Is Joe Biden mentally fit enough to be president?

Even Democrats are starting to wonder.

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The DC parlor game previously generally restricted to Republicans is now growing in popularity with Democrats. Meaning: Is Joe Biden mentally aware enough to be U.S. president?

Sean Hannity of Fox News asked these kind of questions on his show on Monday: “Does Joe Biden have the mental alertness, does he have the stamina, does he have the strength to take on what is the hardest job in the world? And what is going to happen when he finally has to leave his basement bunker for good?” But the Fox News host in not alone in his curiosity.

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Hannity wonders, “Will the mob and the media ask Biden the same questions they asked [Ronald] Reagan about age and mental acuity? Don’t hold your breath. Did Biden pass criminal justice reform? No. Did he pass police reform? No. After Baltimore, after Ferguson, what did they do? Nothing. Who changed it? President Trump changed it. Did Barack and Joe create opportunity zones in struggling neighborhoods?

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“No, that would be President Trump. President Trump has been in office less than four years and during that time, pre-coronavirus, [there was] record-low unemployment for African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Asian-Americans youth unemployment and African-American youth unemployment. That is great for our collective American family.”

Hannity finished with, “The president took important steps to restore order in American cities, including those tough measures against vandals — those who have been attempting to tear down any and every statue across the country. By the way, where does Joe stand on these issues?”

Though Hannity diverged from the point somewhat, the question remains: Can Biden hack the mental challenge of the presidency? It has been hard on others, especially (but not only) Democrats. If Biden goes in with a handicap, how will he fare?

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In approximately the last century the mental and physical pressure has compromised several chief executives. But none so much so as Democrat Woodrow Wilson. Wilson was such an invalid the last two years of his second term, 1918-20, that his wife and chief aide ran the country.

Twenty-five years later Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt was very incapacitated at the beginning of his fourth term in 1945. Many say his handicap caused his weak behavior at the Yalta Conference and let Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin walk all over him, resulting in the Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe for another forty-five years. Roosevelt was dead a couple of months after Yalta.

In less than four years in office in 1980, Jimmy Carter seemed to age twenty years, and it must be admitted that at the end of his second term Ronald Reagan in the late 80s was not the man he was several years earlier.

All of those men went into the White House sharp and strong. Like them or not, going in they had the chops to execute the mission. What will happen to the nation if a mentally incapacitated new president is inaugurated next January? And where would that put the new vice-president? As such, it will be interesting to see who that veep nominee will be. If the choice is by chance Michelle Obama, then you will know what the Democrat plan was all along.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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