I was amused at the responses to my letter published on 12/2/21, entitled “Unelected President”. in which I theorized that President Biden’s Chief of Staff, Ron Klain is the “power behind the throne” and that Biden is suffering from cognitive decline. The opposing writers denied Biden’s seemingly mental acuity decline or made excuses for his incoherent, off-script, utterances. One writer excused Biden’s lack of coherent speaking ability on his stuttering affliction as a child. Biden overcame that affliction before he was elected to the Senate in 1972. I suggest that the writers look at tapes of Biden when he was Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee during the confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. Biden was eloquent, incisive, and very coherent in his defense of Anita Hill, who accused Thomas of sexual harassment. Over his long career, there are numerous examples of Biden taking questions from reporters and answering with coherent, incisive, unscripted answers. That Biden is not the Biden we have today as President and anyone with a rational, objective mind can see the difference.
Another writer used Biden’s “perfectly coherent” speeches as evidence of a normal mental state. News flash – presidential speeches are scripted by professional speech writers and edited by political operatives, including Chief of Staff Klain. All Biden has to do is read them from a teleprompter. Of course, these speeches are going to be coherent except when Biden reads the instructions that his staff puts in the margins telling him when to pause or emphasize a point. I am not a psychologist, or a psychiatrist and I cannot make any clinical or professional observation on Biden’s mental state. However, I am old enough to have observed Biden over his entire public service career. The Biden I have observed over the years and the Biden I see today is not mentally the same person. And those persons who cannot see Biden’s mental acuity decline or refuse to acknowledge that fact, are truly ideologically blinded.