“In recent interviews, Biden seems to have been reading directly from a teleprompter when answering questions, including instructions from his staff, such as ‘END QUOTE’ and ‘TOPLINE MESSAGE.’”
“He doesn’t seem to have the same mental acuity as he did”
New York Post, Sep 8, 2020 – Joe Biden’s former White House stenographer said the Democratic presidential nominee has “lost a step” and isn’t as mentally sharp as he was four years ago.
“It is a complete difference from what he was in 2017,” Mike McCormick, who worked with the former vice president from 2011 to 2017, told the Washington Free Beacon. “He’s lost a step and he doesn’t seem to have the same mental acuity as he did four years ago.”
“He doesn’t have the energy, he doesn’t have the pace of his speaking. He’s a different guy,” McCormick said about 77-year-old Biden in the interview published Tuesday.
McCormick, whose book “Joe Biden Unauthorized” chronicles his time in the White House, told the publication that Biden had a talent for clicking with audiences and would often go off-script, something the nominee doesn’t do anymore.
“He’d just make a big joke out of it, and go straight from the hip. And notice, he’s not doing that anymore. He read that [Democratic National Committee speech] verbatim … it’s not Joe Biden anymore,” McCormick said, noting he looks “lost” during interviews now.
The Beacon notes how Biden has been sticking to his teleprompter so closely that he reads cues noted in his scripts out loud.
“In recent interviews, Biden seems to have been reading directly from a teleprompter when answering questions, including instructions from his staff, such as ‘END QUOTE’ and ‘TOPLINE MESSAGE.’” [VIDEOS BELOW.]
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