Oops! Time For Action on the Age Issue

3 min readSep 12, 2023
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Earlier today I saw a clip of Biden answering a question from reporters. He fumbled and looked a little lost. Then a call came from someone in his team — off screen — terminating the session.
I didn’t like it.
It gave the impression that Biden was being managed.
This may have happened before but it took this instance for me to more carefully consider the voices that have advised against his running for a second term.
The President is now 80 and will be a year older on November 20th.
I have been a supporter and defend his desire to run again but if the body and mental acuity are not there, then he should not.
I have stated before that this man loves what he does and I think he’s done a solid job as President. But love alone, for all its force, may not be enough.
People don’t age similarly. There are 80 year olds with very sharp minds. But Biden didn’t look sharp.
The demands on a President are enormous. And it could be that those pressures are accelerating the mental decline.
This, then, is the time for Biden to step up and say to the nation, ‘there are doubts about my ability to function as President, so I will ask a team of experts — non partisan — to test me and determine what is my present mental capacity. Do they see evidence of me having trouble processing information and most crucially, of making sound judgments? I will submit to such testing because I want the best for this country.’




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