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.
WATCH: Joe Biden Reads Teleprompter Incorrectly: “I Got to the Senate 180 Years Ago”
That kind of experience is unmatched.
Joe Biden stated that he “got to the Senate 180 years ago” when delivering a scripted campaign speech from a room in his Delaware home on Saturday.
Joe Biden: “I got to the Senate 180 years ago.” That would’ve been in 1840 when Martin Van Buren was President. pic.twitter.com/wCeF9Uq9in
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) September 27, 2020
That would’ve been in 1840, when Martin Van Buren was President. There were 52 Senators at the time, and the Democratic Party controlled the chamber, with a Whig minority in opposition. Biden was talking about supporting first responders and firefighters, who would’ve existed in a vastly different capacity in the mid-19th century.
Biden did laugh a little bit after he made the error, which seems to have stemmed from faulty teleprompter instructions or Biden simply misreading the screen in front of him.
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) September 26, 2020
Biden’s campaign appearances have been almost entirely scripted as of late, with the Democratic Party’s elder figure even going so far as reading from a teleprompter during interviews.
It’s very sad that the Democratic Party elite and Joe Biden’s handlers have allowed this to continue. A man with an arguably severe level of cognitive decline should not be the President of a nation of 330 million people. That is not right.
However, you almost can’t blame them for binding him concisely to the words on the teleprompter. Unscripted campaign appearances have proved to be even more of a disaster, with Biden forgetting the words to the Pledge of Allegiance in a campaign speech earlier this week, for example.
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