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    The Private Meetings in Which President Biden Appears To Be Slowing Down

    en-usJune 05, 2024

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    • Biden's cognitive declineReports suggest President Biden shows signs of cognitive decline during private meetings, including speaking softly, long pauses, and closed eyes, making it difficult for some attendees to follow his train of thought. The White House defends his memory and faculties, but accounts indicate a slowing down both mentally and physically.

      While the White House maintains that President Joe Biden is a sharp and commanding leader, there are concerns based on private meetings that he is showing signs of cognitive decline. Reports suggest that during meetings, the president speaks softly, takes extended pauses, and closes his eyes for long periods, making it difficult for some attendees to follow his train of thought. These accounts come from both Republicans and Democrats, and while some criticize Biden's performance, others paint a complex picture of his cognitive fitness, which has become a major issue in his campaign for a second term. The White House has defended the president's memory and faculties, but from reporting, it appears that Biden is slowing down both mentally and physically. This is not a picture of an incompetent leader, but rather one who is slipping.

    • Biden's understanding of policy detailsAn anecdote reveals Biden may struggle to grasp specific policy details that impact individual lawmakers, potentially affecting negotiations and relationships with Congress

      During a meeting with Speaker of the House Mike Johnson in February 2021, President Biden seemed to have missed the mark on understanding the policy implications for Johnson regarding natural gas exports. This anecdote highlights a potential gap in Biden's ability to recognize the specific needs and concerns of individual lawmakers, which has been a notable strength of his throughout his political career. Despite the White House denying this anecdote and dismissing any suggestion of Biden slipping, it raises questions about the president's current capacity to grasp the policy details that could impact specific lawmakers. This could potentially impact his negotiations and relationships with Congress.

    • Biden's decreased meetings with lawmakersBiden's fewer face-to-face meetings with lawmakers has left them feeling disconnected, contributing to concerns about his presidency and his aging.

      President Joe Biden's lack of face-to-face meetings with lawmakers and the perception of his aging have become significant concerns for Democrats and Republicans alike. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, the number of Biden's small meetings with lawmakers has drastically decreased since his first year in office, with only a dozen such meetings in 2023. This has left lawmakers feeling disconnected from the president. Additionally, polling shows that voters are more concerned about Biden's age than they are about former President Donald Trump's, despite both being in their late seventies. The White House has attempted to address this issue through the president's use of humor about his age, but it has not been an effective solution. The lack of personal interactions and the perception of aging have become significant challenges for Biden's presidency.

    • President's Performance DisconnectDespite a strong image in major speeches, concerns exist about President Biden's performance in less scripted settings, revealing a less spontaneous and quick-witted version, which could pose risks for the administration.

      President Biden's administration is using major speeches, like the State of the Union, to present a strong and clear image of the President, countering concerns about his age and mental acuity. However, behind closed doors, there have been concerns raised among White House officials about the President's performance in smaller, less scripted settings. According to reporters Annie Linsky and Siobhan Hughes, these meetings have revealed a less spontaneous and less quick-witted version of the President, which has been concerning for his supporters. This disconnect between the forceful and clear President seen in major speeches and the less clear version seen in smaller settings could potentially pose a risk for the administration. It remains to be seen how this will play out in the future, but it's clear that the President's ability to effectively communicate in various settings is an important factor to watch.

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