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Biden’s Cognitive Decline Becoming More Obvious

Biden’s Cognitive Decline Becoming More Obvious

Less than one month ago – February 8th to be exact – I penned a commentary speculating on President Biden’s ability to complete four years in office.  I wondered if the Democrat leaders and the press had not conspired to conceal the extent of Biden’s mental and physical disability as they did with President Roosevelt running for a fourth term.  Those around FDR knew he would not survive much beyond his inauguration.  He was a dead man walking throughout the campaign.  He died three months into his fourth term.

The Covid-19 pandemic gave Biden and his aides the perfect cover.  Throughout the campaign, Biden used the pandemic as the explanation for his staying in his basement bunker. He consented to very few one-on-one interviews with the friendliest of the fawning media sycophants.

Even with that limited exposure, there were a few senior moments that were described merely as gaffes or the residual of his youthful stuttering. 

In that earlier commentary, I concluded:

“Unless he [Biden] is allowed to move out of his isolation bubble, we may not know the answers to all the questions regarding Biden’s cognitive decline and health at this moment, but there is enough to be seen on the surface to warrant the questions and concerns.”

Based on recent developments, we may be getting answers sooner than we expected.  All the questions about Biden’s cognitive function during the campaign were dismissed out-of-hand by the media – shaming individuals for even raising the question.

Since assuming the presidency, Biden has become even more insulated from public exposure.  Trump tended to overexpose himself, with press engagements – formal and informal – on a daily basis.  Biden, on the other hand, has made the White House his new Bunker.

He issues scripted video messages.  He engages with world leaders and others through virtual meetings. These are relatively useless since world leaders are not about to engage in candid or classified conversations over the Internet.

Vice President Kamala Harris is already assuming a role never seen with a vital and capable President in charge. 

She is doing the outside appearances, the round of press interviews and the meetings with high level officials.  There are also whispers inside and outside of the White House that Chief of Staff Ron Klain is managing Biden on a day-to-day basis – and even making critical policy decisions.

Biden’s personal appearances are rare, brief and orchestrated.  He takes very few questions – and most of those are pre-screened.  But even with such extremely limited exposure, Biden’s “gaffes” have become more obvious and serious. 

On two recent occasions, Biden’s train-of-thought went off the tracks – and he stumbled and mumbled as he tried to find his point.  He often has to pull notes out of his coat pocket to get back on track.

There is one such recent incident where Biden was talking about the Covid-19 pandemic. 

He could not recall the general number of Covid-19 deaths even though that 500,000 figure was easily recallable by virtually everyone talking about the issue. 

Biden got as far as saying “five hundred …,” but then stopped and could not recall the rest.  He paused … then said he has a piece of paper.  He pulled it out of his coat pocket and stated the number of deaths.  Then under his breath he questioned “Where am I?” That probably referred to his place in the speech. But it still showed some incapacity to pick up where he left off.

That was not the first time that Biden had a break in his train-of-thought and needed to pull a note from his pocket.  More and more, Biden is showing that he cannot rely on his memory in ways that suggest some mental diminishment.

Let’s be perfectly clear.  For the most part, Biden seems quite normal – but that is the nature of such age-related issues.  It is just that they become more frequent and obvious as they become more serious.    How bad Biden’s cognitive function is impossible to determine from a distance.  He would have to take cognitive tests and submit to other diagnostic tools to know for sure. 

But anyone who has witnessed such issues in family and friends can safely assume that Biden is showing signs of mental decline. 

He should at least undergo those diagnostic tests to either confirm his condition or to dispel the legitimate concerns.  We can rest assured that he will not take such tests out of fear that they may prove he has a problem.  Not submitting to such tests, however, will only reinforce the suspicions.

The obvious fact of Biden’s diminished schedule and public exposure — and the unprecedented use of surrogates in public appearances and for high-level meetings – will keep the issue alive.

His wife, aides, and the press may continue to protect Biden.  Expressions of concern by Republicans and unbiased media can – and will — continue to be ignored.  But there is one group that will rat him out.  The Democrats’ radical left. 

It is a poorly held secret that the far-left extremists in the Democratic Party have been hoping and planning to have Biden ousted from the Oval Office so that Harris can move in.  No one would like to see Biden become incapacitated more than people like Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the rest of the squad.  They are already expressing opposition to Biden’s policies.

Make no mistake about it.  Biden’s cognitive function is declining – and that will become more and more obvious month-after-month.  It is one of the inevitabilities of old age  — a condition that most Americans have seen in loved ones or even themselves.

I once gave Biden only a 50/50 chance of completing his full term.  After seeing his most recent senior moments, I would reduce that to about a 30 percent chance.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Richard K Buhle

    I blame the spineless Republican party (of which I am one), for this situation with Biden existing. Where are the calls for article 25 relating to Biden’s mental capacities? Why is there not a call for an investigation, into a rigged Presidential Election? In my opinion, this has been nothing other than a weaponless takeover, of the American Political Structure( or a coup if you would). Liars have taken control and it is now time for strength to take it back.

    • Anonymous

      The same people have been in charge of the Biden farce from the beginning. There have been obvious “clues” since he was chosen. Let’s be clear, this is a well planned take over if our country. The Republucans could have done nothing then, cant do much of anything now. The Bidens have been kept hidden. ANYONE cou kn d see the man had no control if his faculties, but he and his wife have been well paid to pull off this farce. Hiding in the basement? Being hidden. He couldn’t speak, walk or just plain function fir years. We have seen it happening. He had a “heart atrack” during the campaign, well planned and noted by all. When his usefulness is over he will have another “heart attack” and resign. Then is when we will see the Democrat party really go wild. Harris will chose a young like minded person to nominate as her vice president. Everyone is thinking pelosi. She will not automatically become vice president. Not how it works. Very plain and we have seen it. The speaker if the house becomes president only if the president and vice president are incapacitated at the same time. Harris will not be led around by the demicrat party. She will not be told what to do, in spite if Pelosi thinking she is and will be in control. Harris us in this for herself. Look at her history. She cares for no one but herself and her plan. And she made her plan very plain during the campaign. The Republucans stopping them? No one could stop them. The lying Democrats, the lying media and the crooked goings on? A crick if crap and they ARE well on their way to destroying our country.

      • Diane

        This illegal election staged by dopeocrats to put this terrible 2 into leadership roles so that old soros could make our country a 3rd world disaster shows the stupidity and greed of the far left . results should be overturned immediately so we can return our country in to greatness again before it is too late

  2. art

    Who will trust Hunter to give the big guy( Joe ) his cut ?

  3. Raggedy Gal

    Re: Biden’s wife and those around him to “protect” him: It is and has been ELDER ABUSE from the beginning and we the people are made to suffer right along with it. Biden doesn’t have a clue what he is doing and we are supposed to “follow the leader?” No way

    • Robert L. Kahlcke

      In my opinion Jill is a piece of FECES, she’s certainly not a human being to allow her Husband to make a fool of himself in public.
      This is apparently the way the DEMOCRAT COMMUNIST PARTY operates.

  4. Ben

    Hey Larry,
    Did you hear what Biden did yesterday?
    Of course not, because he is not hurling insults or trying to cancel Karl Rove on social media.
    Biden just quietly did his job. How refreshing!

    • Hopiter

      Hey Ben, so it’s refreshing to you that Biden struggles to make sense unless reading a script on teleprompter, no open questions with people? He’s doing his job? You mean, following instructions from unelected persons in the shadows, who in first two weeks, with the red pen, overturned every single good policy of last four years due to unadulterated hatred of a person that has blinded you and hundreds of thousands? Complicit in all this is a media who has not properly vetted, reported anything since 2007.

      • Ben

        I’m not sure which of Trump’s policies would be considered good that Biden overturned? Care to elaborate ?
        But if that’s the case, trump set the gold standard for trying to erase their predecessors legacy. In fact, most of what Biden has overturned is just reverting policy back to what it was prior to trump.
        I don’t think you really care about vetting, I don’t recall the right raising any concern about Trump’s appointees that couldn’t get security clearances. Maybe I missed the right’s outrage machine on the topic though.

  5. James

    Biden’s mental decline started when he was born because he is a child of S-t-n.

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