Former Joe Biden Stenographer: Biden’s Mental Acuity Has Declined Over Four Years
A former White House stenographer who worked with Joe Biden from 2011 to 2017 is arguing that the former Vice President’s mental acuity and capabilities have declined significantly since he left office in 2017.
Mike McCormick worked as a stenographer at the White House for 15 years, documenting speeches from White House officials. He worked under Joe Biden from 2011 to 2017, transcribing all of the Vice President’s public speeches and remarks.
McCormick, who may be more familiar with Biden’s pattern of public speaking than anyone else, thinks his acuity isn’t as strong as it once was.
“He doesn’t have the energy, he doesn’t have the pace of his speaking,” said McCormick, who recently published a book called Joe Biden Unauthorized. “He’s a different guy.”
McCormick cited what he sees as the loss of an ability to speak off-the-cuff and in an improvised fashion. Biden has recently spoke exclusively in the presence of a teleprompter, even delivering his convention speech in a prerecorded fashion. In a recent digital campaign speech, Biden read “end of quote” from the teleprompter, revealing his reliance on the electronic device in public speaking.
“It is a complete difference from what he was in 2017,” McCormick told the Washington Free Beacon in an interview. “He’s lost a step and he doesn’t seem to have the same mental acuity as he did four years ago.” McCormick described seeing Biden as “lost” during an interviews, a phenomenon he believes has sharply accelerated since Biden left the Vice President.
He also recounted an incident where Biden was “humiliated” by Vladimir Putin, in which the Russian head of state cut off Joe Biden’s microphone mid-sentence during a trip to the Russian Federation by Biden early into the Obama presidency.