President Joe Biden appeared to suffer an awkward nap attack during an MSNBC interview that aired Friday, in just the most recent example of the president’s dangerous cognitive decline (and of the corporate press totally ignoring that it happened).
In a conversation with MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart about (ironically) his plans to run for a second term, Biden’s eyelids drooped and he started nodding off, creating an embarrassing pause. It prompted Capehart to smile awkwardly and say “Mr. President…” and then “ope!” as Biden’s eyes fluttered open.
“Dr. Biden thinks that uh, my wife thinks that uh, [long pause] that I uh, that we’re, that we’re doing something very important,” the president sputtered.
It’s not the first time Biden has appeared to fall asleep in the course of his presidential duties. In a July summit in Saudi Arabia, he was caught on video in what looked like an incident of catching Zs during a speech by Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. (At least the latter is relatable, as nodding off in a one-on-one interview takes even more nerve than snoozing through a long-winded speech.)
Watch him at the 20:12 minute mark:
“Fact” “checker” PolitiFact, which is surprisingly informative once you realize its verdicts are often indicators that the truth is the opposite of its conclusions, insisted Biden wasn’t actually dozing in the clip, mostly just because PolitiFact writers decided they didn’t think he was asleep.
“Although he does at points have his head bowed and his eyes lowered, he keeps shifting positions, moving his hands and raising his head and eyes. He appears to simply be listening, not sleeping,” is the outlet’s cold-hard-fact rebuttal.
During a climate summit in November 2021, Biden’s nap was so obvious even the corporate media couldn’t explain it away.
Biden’s track record notwithstanding, regime-loyal media were happy to bury the story of his most recent televised gaffe, ignoring the president’s cognitive deterioration after spending four years screeching about his predecessor’s mental state based on far flimsier evidence.
Here’s how the propagandists at The Washington Post covered the exchange:
When asked if the first lady supports a 2024 run, Biden nodded and paused before providing a full answer. ‘My wife thinks that we’re doing something very important and that I shouldn’t walk away from it,’ he said.
The article even admitted that Biden “was the oldest person to be sworn into office [and] has faced questions from his own party about whether he should seek reelection, due [partly] to his age,” but then proceeded to explain why “the reemergence of former president Donald Trump” necessitated another Biden run.
In a curt summary of the exchange, NBC News reported that “Biden indicated first lady Jill Biden is supportive of a potential second term.” CNN and The New York Times offered similarly under-informative reports.
That’s quite the change of tune from the four years of the Trump presidency in which left-wing journalists invented opportunity after opportunity to cast doubt on that president’s mental dexterity. Here are just a few examples of media outlets ginning up fears that Trump, who is a few years younger than Biden, was in cognitive decline and deserve to be removed from office:
“Is Something Neurologically Wrong With Donald Trump?” The Atlantic, 2018
“Trump Is Mentally Unfit To Be President,” USA Today opinion contributor, 2020
“The 25th Amendment Proves Why Trump’s Mental Health Matters,” NBC News, 2017
“Trump Is Mentally Unfit, No Exam Needed,” New York Times op-ed, 2019
What aberrant behaviors prompted this kind of concern? In the above Atlantic article (which clocked in at more than 3,500 words), the only examples offered were one instance of “slurred speech” which “could result … from a dry mouth,” the evolution of Trump’s speaking style and his unique diction, drinking a glass of water with both hands, and “conspicuously drinking water during a speech.”
What Trump didn’t do in all four years of his presidency was doze off in the middle of his own televised interview. That’s a Joe Biden special.
Elle Purnell is an assistant editor at The Federalist, and received her B.A. in government from Patrick Henry College with a minor in journalism. Follow her work on Twitter @_etreynolds.
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