Opinion: “Joe Biden Isn’t The Person I Knew In Congress”

Greg Ganske, Guest columnist | Dr. Greg Ganske is a retired surgeon and represented Iowa for four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.

PLUS: Most voters don’t think Vice President Kamala Harris is ready to step up to replace Biden

DES MOINES REGISTER – In March 1997, Congress held a bipartisan retreat for families in Hershey, Pennsylvania, in an attempt to heal wounds over bitter congressional fights on welfare reform and balancing the budgets.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough gave a remarkable speech on respect and decency. Members ate together, danced together, shared stories, and got to know better the members of the other party and their children.

My wife and I were joined at our table for lunch during the retreat by Sen. Joe Biden and his wife, Jill. We had a delightful time getting to know each other.

Biden was witty and charming, with no stuttering or incomplete thoughts. Our wives shared professional experiences. We were impressed with them.

It pains me greatly to see a decline in President Biden, and it worries me. He was 54 years old then and is 78 years old now. People age differently. My own mother is 93 and still sharp, but younger friends have mental deterioration that is significant.

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Why am I concerned about Biden’s mental acuity?

  • During the campaign, he said, “I think we can win back the House” when it was already in his party’s hands.
  • Super Tuesday became Super Thursday;
  • he forgot the words of the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident. All men and women are created, by the, you know, you know the thing.”
  • He even misstated what office he was running for in South Carolina: “My name’s Joe Biden. I’m the Democratic candidate for the Senate.”
  • He repeatedly got confused about which state he was in,
  • he called his son the attorney general of the United States 
  • he confused British Prime Minister Theresa May with Margaret Thatcher … 

It’s gotten worse since the election. In a CNN interview, he opined,

“Um, you know there’s a, uh, during World War II, uh you know, where Roosevelt came up with a thing, that uh, you know, was totally different, than a, than the, he called it, you know, the WWII, he had the War Production Board.”

In March he forgot the name of his Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin, at a White House event, calling the Pentagon chief “the guy who runs that outfit over there.” … READ MORE. 

Kamala Harris: Voter Approval of VP Declines

Thursday, August 19, 2021

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RASMUSSEN POLLS – Most voters believe it’s likely that President Joe Biden won’t finish out his term of office, and don’t think Vice President Kamala Harris is ready to step up to replace him.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that only 43% of Likely U.S. Voters think Harris is qualified to assume the duties of the presidency, including 29% who think she is Very Qualified.

That’s down from April, when 49% said Harris was qualified to become president. Now, 55% say Harris is not qualified to assume the duties of the presidency, including 47% who say she is Not At All Qualified. 

The survey of 1,000 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on August 12 and 15, 2021 by Rasmussen Reports.

The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC … READ MORE (subscription may be required).



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