When you are reduced to reassuring folks that you haven’t gone “nuts,” well … you may have a problem.
Former Vice President Joe Biden was speaking on Monday at a stop in New Hampshire when he became befuddled about where he spoke just a few hours earlier at nearby Dartmouth College.
“I want to be clear, I’m not going nuts,” the Democrat told the crowd, according to the Los Angeles Times. “I’m not sure whether it was the medical school or where the hell I spoke. But it was on the campus.”
The 76-year-old Biden is apparently none too pleased with the perception some folks are getting from the media.
More on why that is from the Times:
It was a minuscule misstatement. But Biden’s irritation — he pointedly looked at the media covering the event as he corrected himself — was clear.
The former vice president is the front-runner in the 2020 Democratic presidential race, yet he is facing real questions about the fragility of that status. Any misstep or gaffe sparks a flurry of news coverage that undermines the premise of his campaign — that he is the candidate best equipped to beat President Trump.
The disdain for the media is surely coming from Biden witnessing firsthand for eight years the slobbering love affair the media had with his former boss, Barack Obama.
The former president could do not wrong in the media’s eyes. Claim there are 57 states? No problem. Mispronounce “corp” repeatedly? Nothing to see here, move right along folks.
But Joe Biden is no Barack Obama.
In reality, Biden has no one to blame but himself. The perception he now faces is the result of a number of stumbles and flubs on his part.
Just this weekend, Biden talked about how he loved being in Vermont … as he spoke in Keene, New Hampshire.
“I love this place. Look, what’s not to like about Vermont in terms of the beauty of it? And what a neat town … everybody has been really friendly. I like Keene a lot,” Biden said.
And while President Donald Trump is no spring chicken, just a few years younger than Biden, who continues to lead the Democratic primary in the polls, the president is still quick on his feet — even if the media is working overtime to convince the nation he is mentally ill.
Trump, who often calls Biden “Sleepy Joe,” mocked the Democrat gaffe machine earlier this month when Biden said that he was vice president during the February 2018 mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.
“Does anybody really believe he is mentally fit to be president?” the president tweeted. “We are ‘playing’ in a very big and complicated world. Joe doesn’t have a clue!”
What is Biden’s response to those who may be concerned about his mental agility?
“Don’t vote for me,” according to NBC News’ Amanda Golden:
In a gaggle with reporters just now in Keene, NH @JoeBiden responded to a question regarding voters that have expressed concerns about his age:
"I say if they're concerned, don't vote for me," Biden said.
— Amanda Golden (@amandawgolden) August 24, 2019
A perusal of social media shows that even Democrats are shaking their heads at Biden … which may say all that needs to be said about the polls consistency showing Biden out front.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
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— Jon Gabriel (@exjon) August 26, 2019
That’s why Hillary and Obama beat him in 2008 and HRC was the nominee in 2016. Still – anyone but someone who calls himself Messiah!
— Mamatha03 (@mamatha03) August 24, 2019
@JoeBiden, c’mon, man. Just quit, before you lose another one for the Democrats.
— Moderately Priced Gigolo (@drunkandcoding) August 25, 2019
Trump will drive a truck through this. We must have a stronger candidate!!
— Kate Schechter (@SchechterKate) August 25, 2019
Come in people! Enough. He is old tired and this is getting stupid. Pretty soon we can make a Joe Biden gaff calendar
— Kriss (@KMC4wauk) August 24, 2019
All kidding aside, there’s something seriously wrong with Biden. I feel for him.
— KimmieH (@kimhr1961) August 24, 2019
I can’t believe that people think Jumbled Joe would be a great President. Could you honestly see him dealing with the heads of foreign countries? pic.twitter.com/qGvoYtJE7N
— elizabeth oreilly (@elizabe26723274) August 24, 2019
(In other news: Biden’s campaign is quietly having talks with Vermont and New Hampshire officials about redrawing the border.)
— Norm Erosion (@KenJones707) August 25, 2019
At this point, he’s just embarrassing himself. His family should have the decency to intervene. #SleepyJoe
— Atomic Cat (@RealAtomicCat) August 25, 2019
NOT a Biden fan, but the guy 1st ran for President 30 years ago! He’s done, the media needs to stop rigging the polls and let him retire already. Hard to watch!
— Junior HINKLE (@juniorhinkle) August 24, 2019
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