Dangerous and uncharted territory.

President Joe Biden walks from the podium after speaking in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Paul GleiserDangerous and uncharted territory.


AUTHOR’S NOTE: This column is a revision and a re-posting of the column that I originally published Thursday afternoon. This reposting was necessitated by developments that occurred shortly after that original publication.

Yesterday, Robert Hur, the special counsel appointed to investigate the mishandling of classified material and documents by President Joe Biden – mishandling that spans decades dating back to when he was a senator – released his report and recommendation to Attorney General Merrick Garland.

The report is damning. Not so much for the criminality that it reveals. But instead for the reason given for not prosecuting that criminality.

In a nutshell, Robert Hur’s report recommends that Biden not be prosecuted for the reason that he is too old and his mental faculties too diminished for a jury to convict him. Here’s a quote from the report:

Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,”

Merrick Garland and the country are now in a quandary. Either Biden is, as he angrily asserted in a hastily called press conference last night (more on that presser in a moment), fully in possession of his faculties, in which case he is prosecutable for multiple felonies. Or, he is, as special counsel Robert Hur reported, too old and senile to be prosecuted.

Which means he is therefore unfit to be President of the United States.

The nominal greatest nation on the planet is now in uncharted territory. It’s now indisputable that the president’s ability to remember important facts and to form and express a coherent thought is embarrassingly bad and rapidly getting worse.

Here’s an example from a press conference Wednesday at which he couldn’t remember that it’s Hamas against which Israel has been fighting since October 7.

There is some movement and I don’t wanna… I don’t wanna… [long pause] [mumbles] …choose my words. There’s some movement… there’s been… a response… from… the, uh… the… the… there’s been a response… from… the opposition… but uh… it uh… [voice off camera suggests, ‘Hamas’]… yes, I’m sorry, from Hamas…”

But last night’s presser that Biden called on the fly in an attempt at damage control from the special counsel’s report, was an order of magnitude worse. Biden was simultaneously angry and confused. Here is an example. He brought up the subject of the Israeli war in Gaza and then said this:

As you know, initially, the president of Mexico, Sisi, did not want to open up the gate to allow humanitarian material to get in. I talked to him.”

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi isn’t the president of Mexico. Mexico is nowhere near Gaza or Israel. El-Sisi is the president of Egypt.

Given the cognitive infirmity that is obvious and undeniable and that is now of record in a criminal investigation, it makes perfect sense that Biden’s comms team has had him avoiding live interviews and debates and press conferences to the greatest extent possible. Last night was a perfect illustration.

But he’s still the president. The ability to form and express a cogent thought is implicit in the job description. So, too, is the capacity to immediately call to mind the names of world leaders and the names of our geopolitical adversaries.

Members of the political pundit class (on both sides of the divide) will spend much time on the question of what Biden’s rapid and obvious decline means for the 2024 election.

I have a much more sobering question.

Knowing that China’s Xi Jingping has read Hur’s report and that he saw that calamitous presser last night, to what degree are his nefarious designs – and those of the world’s other geopolitical gangsters – emboldened by the now undeniable and alarming state of Biden’s mental decline?

It’s a long nine months until election day. If you’re not asking yourself that question, and if you are then not scared to death by the obvious answer, you’re not paying attention.

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Paul L. Gleiser is president of ATW Media, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The TEAM FM in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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5 Responses

  1. Jean Bammel says:

    Here we are in a sinking ship and our captain doesn’t even know he is on a ship.

  2. Mike says:

    What bothers me the most is the fact the Justice Department is completely broken. Trump had the documents locked up in a closet inside his Mara Lago Home AND was the X-President; which allows him to do what he did. Barack H. Obama has 33 Million documents in a warehouse somewhere in Chicago…….33 Million!!!! Who would like to bet me a large number of those are “classified”?!?! Who has access to said warehouse? We do not know. Sleepy Geriatric Joe has classified documents in the wide open, in a busted box, in his garage where anyone can get at them. HELLO PEOPLE! Are you really telling me the members of Congress, FBI, CIA, NSA, etc. cannot understand the difference? Never mind the report said he was unfit for office; which we already knew. The next nine months will certainly tell us whether we remain a “United” States of America or whatever devolves from the chaos this absolute joke of an Administration unraveling the fabic of our Republic. Please, get on the phone with your representatives in Federal Government and the State. Give them a VERY ASSERTIVE opinion of your disgust and for our sorry state of affairs. Demand they act now and not wait nine months for an election that can be skewed. I promise you, if enough of us raise billy hell they will act. I have seen it happen and been a part of bus loads of people walking into the State Capital and demanding a change; it happened quickly. We must beat the Democommies because they will not rest until we are toast.

  3. Chris Clarke says:

    It doesn’t matter if he thinks he’s FDR, Democrats will come out in droves and vote for anyone that has a pulse and D in front of their name. The bar has been permanently lowered with Fetterman elected as a US Senator.

  4. Darrell Durham says:

    The Biden administration is falling apart. Their DEI policy has been an unmitigated disaster. Nobody has performed the job they were chosen to do (not one!!), and they can’t be terminated, because of DEI. Now the media has FINALLY begun to call them out on the obvious failures, infuriating the Democrats! Everyone that has ever been around an aging parent knows the situation only gets worse.

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