On Sunday, Joe Biden became the first octogenarian to ever serve as President of the United States. The milestone has ramped up questions about whether the 80-year-old will run for a second term. Biden has said that it is his intention to run again. Biden’s last physical was held last year on the eve of his 79th birthday.
When asked when Biden’s next physical would happen, White House Secretary Karine Jean Pierre told the press that she did not have a timeline for them but added that it would be happening “in the next couple of months.”
There have been concerns about Biden’s apparent physical weakness and moments of confusion almost immediately after he took office.
Biden’s recent gaffe where he called out for a deceased member of Congress, Jackie Walorski, who had died in a car crash almost two months earlier, provided fodder for Joe Rogan of the popular podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience.” “He’s so gone. He’s f—ing got dementia,” Joe said.
Joe Biden calls on Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) who has been dead for a month.
"Jackie are you here? Where's Jackie?"
This is normal. We are a normal country. pic.twitter.com/lCuLbARCYe
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) September 28, 2022
In January 2018, Democrats raised questions about Trump’s “mental fitness for the heavy duties of the presidency” leading him to take a cognitive test to quell any doubts. The test, taken when Trump was 72 years old, is called the Montreal Cognitive Assessment. The White House reported that Trump scored 30 out of 30.
In 2020, when asked by a reporter if he had taken a cognitive test, then Vice President Biden became irate, snapping at the reporter, “Come on, man. That’s like saying you before you got on this program, you take a test on whether you’re taking cocaine or not. What do you think? Huh? Are you a junkie?”
In October, House Republicans sent Biden a letter, published by Fox News, expressing concern about his current cognitive state and urging him to submit to a cognitive test immediately.
An ABC News/ Washington Post poll shows that 54% of Americans don’t believe that Joe Biden has the “mental sharpness it takes to serve effectively as president.”