Is Biden too previous to be president? | podcast | Information

At 81 years previous Joe Biden has a wealth of expertise to attract on. There’s simply 4 years distinction between him and Donald Trump. And his rival is as properly often known as the president for misspeaking and making gaffes. But one thing has modified.

Unease has been rising about Biden’s perceived frailty and his psychological acuity – and that was earlier than a bombshell report by the US Justice Division’s particular counsel. Within the report Robert Hur, the Republican particular counsel, mentioned Biden wouldn’t face legal prices for mishandling categorised paperwork. The ruling ought to have been excellent news for Biden, besides the explanation given – that Biden would seem to any jury as a “sympathetic well-meaning aged man with a poor reminiscence” – was so damning. Biden hit again in a press convention slamming the inference that he was previous and doddery. However as he did so he managed to combine up the names of the presidents of Mexico and Egypt.

Biden’s supporters argue that Trump is simply as susceptible to creating errors and is hardly extra dependable, the Guardian’s Washington DC bureau chief, David Smith, notes. But someway the errors Biden makes are all taken to be an indication he’s shedding his grip. Michael Safi asks why the identical prices towards Trump don’t stick and the way Biden’s marketing campaign can show the president is match and sharp sufficient for an additional 4 12 months time period.

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