President Joe Biden's upcoming physical exam will not include a cognitive test, the White House confirmed. This revelation comes amidst growing concerns about the president's mental acuity and memory issues, particularly in light of a recent report on his handling of classified documents.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre asserted that Dr. Kevin O'Connor, Biden's physician, deems a cognitive test "unnecessary." This statement was made in response to reporters' questions prompted by concerns raised by Special Counsel Robert Hur regarding Biden's memory issues.
Despite these concerns, Jean-Pierre maintained that Biden's mental faculties remain sharp, citing his interactions with world leaders and decision-making abilities. However, this stance contrasts with the views of an overwhelming majority of Americans, 86%, and 73% of Democrats, who believe Biden is too old for another term, according to polls.
Age and Experience: A Double-Edged Sword
Jean-Pierre defended Biden's age, arguing that it brings valuable experience to the table. However, critics argue that his advanced years raise questions about his ability to serve effectively.
Comparisons have been drawn between Biden and former President Donald Trump, who faced his own classified documents case. Polls suggest the public perceives Trump as taking the issue more seriously than Biden.
Memory Issues: A Growing Concern
Special Counsel Robert Hur's report noted Biden's failing memory as a factor in his decision not to prosecute the president over the mishandling of secret documents.
The White House has promised that Dr. O'Connor will produce a physical ahead of the 2024 election, but it remains unclear if or when he will address the press regarding Biden's overall health.
Jean-Pierre has repeatedly defended Biden's mental condition, emphasizing that it is a medical doctor's prerogative to assess. She declined to comment on whether Biden would publish transcripts of his interviews with Hur's office.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has also voiced her support for Biden, citing his ability to hold his own during a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in November and other discussions with global leaders.