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0840, 09 Feb 24

Takeaways After Watching the Biden Press Conference in Full

I took the time to watch Biden’s press conference yesterday in full. Wow. Every American should take 13 minutes and do the same. I confess that I, too, fall into the habit of just watching the clips and highlights. Seeing him in longer form (not LONG form – it’s less than 15 minutes) is so distressing. Here are some of my takeaways.

  1. Biden’s slurring, mumbling, and coughing is pronounced. We’ve watched Biden speak for 50 years and he was, at one time, a decent orator. Not anymore.
  2. He read a note off the teleprompter again (“continue quoting”).
  3. The mental mistakes that have been cited are significant and real. He forgot the name of the church where he allegedly got a rosary. He said that el-Sisi is president of Mexico. Remember that this was in less than 15 minutes. His mental decline is clear and definitive. If this was your grandpa, you’d have sympathy for him.
  4. Biden’s temperament has changed. He’s always been an asshole behind the scenes, but in public, he worked hard on his image as a genial, friendly, joking, compromiser. The asshole is clearly on the surface now. He lacks the emotional control and mental acuity to hide it. He lashes out at reporters who ask decent questions. He insults. He curses. He yells. This is the real Biden.
  5. You clearly see Biden sifting through notes during the Q&A. It appears that the questions and answers were scripted again. But Biden got lost and it appears that he called on the wrong reporters who asked some off script questions.
  6. To the content… Biden clearly lies. Again/ He claims that he never shared classified information with his ghost writer. He claims that he would never forget when his son died. Both incidents are recorded and documented in the DOJ report. Biden is just lying.
  7. On his son’s death, Biden gets visibly angry and shaken up, but again, the DOJ report is clear on the fact that he could not remember the year.
  8. Biden hangs his hat on the fact that the DOJ declined to press charges but does not address the reason. Namely, that Biden is too mentally decapacitated to stand trial. Remember that Biden committed these felonies many years ago when he had his mental faculties. He is not being prosecuted because he’s too senile now.
  9. Once again, Biden blames his staff for illegally taking and storing classified documents.
  10. When Biden returned to the podium to talk about Israel, notice how he talks. He takes credit for personally opening the gates between Mexico (Egypt) and Gaza for humanitarian aid. It is a foreign policy blunder for Biden to tell the world that Sisi opened the border after Biden personally called. If that even really happened, it has made Sisi look like a puppet of America in the Arab world. This perception damages Sisi domestically and we can expect him to be less cooperative as he shores up domestic support. Biden’s desire to take credit overwhelmed any sense of managing America’s interests abroad.
  11. On the same theme, Biden says that he was committing to protect Saudi Arabia and others with military means from Iran in exchange for recognition of Israel. Again, if true, it is a significant regression in American foreign policy. Trump shifted to using economic incentives and economic entanglement to encourage peace in the Abraham Accords. They were working. Biden has returned to a foreign policy of the 70s through 90s where America uses military might to enforce peace. That policy was not successful and risks pulling America into another war in the Middle East. Biden has returned to that policy.
  12. Biden again claims that Hamas attacked Israel because they knew that Biden was about to get other Arab nations to recognize Israel. Based on Hamas’ own words and behavior, this is 100% wrong. The fact that Biden seems to actually believe this as the cause for Hamas’ attack underlines his complete misunderstanding of what is going on and why his responses are equally wrong.
  13. In the final note, watch when Biden walks off. Again, that is the careful walk of a feeble old man who is unsure of his footing or direction. Many of us have seen that walk in people we know and love.




0840, 09 February 2024


  1. dad29

    Watch Tucker’s Putin interview. Putin mocks Biden (among other DC slime) mercilessly. He almost breaks out laughing….

  2. MjM

    Remember that Biden committed these felonies many years ago when he had his mental faculties.

    Correction: Slightly more of his mental faculties. He has had narcissistic personality disorder since the day he born (a day long after he spoke with the guys who discovered insulin, you know).

    i>He is not being prosecuted because he’s too senile now.

    That is not exactly what the Hur report says. The report implies that his senility would likely sway a jury to sympathy and not convict.

    Our investigation uncovered evidence that President Biden willfully retained and disclosed classified materials after his vice presidency when he was a private citizen.

    And yet….

    We have also considered that, at trial, Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory. Based on our direct interactions with and observations of him, he is someone for whom many jurors will want to identify reasonable doubt. It would be difficult to convince a jury that they should convict
    him – by then a former president well into his eighties – of a serious felony that requires a mental state of willfulness.

    What I find utterly ridiculous is Hur’s contention I bolded above. Babblin’ Joe’s “mental state of willfulness” occurred in his 70s when he was post-VP and pre-POTUS. It should matter what is age or condition is 5,6,7 years later. While it is true prosecution ethics requires probable conviction to initiate trial, this “sympathy” claim is more a backside protection than an authentic excuse. The opposite of ethics.

    Read Hur’s report here.

  3. Jason

    >It would be difficult to convince a jury that they should convict him – by then a former president well into his eighties – of a serious felony that requires a mental state of willfulness.

    Then its time to trot out the 25th amendment.

  4. dad29

    It’s clear that the (D) (and Deep State) parties want to take him out. They’ve dropped a lot of hints, some not-too subtle, but Jill won’t give up the Easy Life.

    So they’re going hardball.

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