President Joe Biden visited Cleveland, Ohio, on Thursday to tout his economic plan and took on an interesting topic during his speech at Cuyahoga Community College: Alzheimer’s.
The president’s trip to Ohio comes amid reports that he’ll soon propose the largest federal budget in U.S. history, and incredible $6 trillion budget proposal that would push spending to “its highest sustained levels since World War II,” as the New York Times described it.
While speaking on making “major investments in medicines and cures of the future,” the 78-year-old Democratic president made a rather remarkable claim.
“Diseases like Alzheimer’s, diabetes, cancer — they’re all on the cusp of being able to be dealt with,” Biden said. “You know, if we don’t do something about Alzheimer’s in America, every single, solitary hospital bed that exists in America — as the nurses can tell you — every single one will be occupied in the next 15 years with an Alzheimer’s patient.”
“Every one — costing us in excess of a trillion dollars,” he added.
For what it’s worth, the estimated number of hospital beds in the U.S. in 2019 was just under 920,000, according to the American Hospital Association. At the same time, the Alzheimer’s Association estimates that there are more than 6 million Americans living with the disease — which is not to say every patient currently requires hospitalization.
Known for frequent flubs and gaffes, Biden’s remark raised a few eyebrows, although he was reading from a teleprompter. Either way, it didn’t help with the concerns often raised about whether Biden may be showing early signs of dementia.
As for his whopping budget proposal, Biden is looking to fund “a sweeping economic agenda that includes large new investments in education, transportation and fighting climate change,” the New York Times reported.
The article noted that the proposed budget would result in total spending to rise to $8.2 trillion by 2031, with deficits running above $1.3 trillion throughout the next decade.
The federal debt currently stands at $28.2 trillion, a far cry from a $10.6 trillion debt when Barack Obama first took office 12 years ago. Spending at the time launched the massive nationwide tea party movement opposing big government spending. Today, the ever increasing national debt rarely draws a mention.
All the while, the media is rather quiet about it all; imagine if former President Trump dropped such a proposal.
Biden’s media pals were also silent about his hospital bed projections, but they had a lot to say about ice cream.
While in Cleveland, Biden stopped at Honey Hut Ice Cream for a cone, and with the growing concern about COVID-19 likely having originated in a Chinese lab, a border still at crisis level, rising inflation and a host of other problems, the media jumped at the opportunity to ask a question.
“Mr. President, what did you order?” one reporter called out.
“Chocolate chocolate chip,” he replied, prompting oohs and ahs from the press pool — the rest of the media fawned over the incident, with the footage dominating the news cycle.
Our media is so embarrassing. https://t.co/nOBCKZGsie
— Tom Bevan (@TomBevanRCP) May 27, 2021
Mollie Hemingway, senior editor at the online magazine The Federalist and a Fox News contributor, summed it up well.
She tweeted: “If Trump had gone for ice cream, CNN would have doxxed and destroyed the lives of all working there, MSNBC would be shrieking “THIS IS NOT NORMAL!, the WashPost would allege an emoluments violation, NYT anonymous sources would claim Putin paid for the scoops. Pulitzers for all.”
In fact, Hemingway had a lot more to say about it, observing that the press “deserve nothing but mockery & disdain.”
As my friend says, “Watching the press handle Joe Biden is like watching a family try to help a three-year-old win Candyland.” You watch this clip and tell me that’s not right. https://t.co/GRMWxjHnmf https://t.co/fsQScJ2uO1
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) May 27, 2021
After 4 years of cartoonish hostility to all things GOP, the over-the-top supportive reaction of White House press corps to Biden’s test drive was embarrassing. Same with the “oooooooh! WOW!!!” response to his ice cream choice today. They deserve nothing but mockery & disdain.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) May 28, 2021
Here’s a few more responses from Twitter:
President Joe Biden, chocolate chocolate chip ice cream in hand, tells @albamonica at Honey Hut Ice Cream, “I can’t imagine anyone voting against establishing a commission on the greatest assault since the Civil War on the Capitol. But at any rate, I came for ice cream.” pic.twitter.com/gT1hI7mRL3
— DJ Judd (@DJJudd) May 27, 2021
No matter how much ice cream Joe Biden eats he will NEVER get brain freeze!
— Nick Adams (@NickAdamsinUSA) May 28, 2021
Biden: *eats ice cream*
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) May 27, 2021
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