An Epidemic of Cognitive Impairment?

President Joe Biden, the nominal head of the Democratic Party, is 79. But he increasingly acts and sounds 89.Recently, Biden has pivoted repeatedly on stage with his arm outstretched to shake the hand — of someone not there.On one recent occasion, Biden called out for Representative Jackie Walorski, R‑Ind., who passed away in a car crash in early August. He was insistent, shouting to the crowd, “Jackie, are you here? Where’s Jackie? I think she wasn’t going to be here — to help make this a reality.“Biden’s fantasy was the reality that Walorski is no longer with us.Biden slurs his words. He truncates sentences. He speaks in a muddled voice that often makes comprehension impossible. When questioned, he grows irate, growls, and stutters.Biden’s messaging is even more confusing than his medium. On any given day, Biden may impetuously announce that U.S. soldiers will defend the soil of Taiwan, or that the “killer” Russian President Vladimir Putin, unhinged head of nuclear Russia, must be rem …

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