‘Not The Same Joe Biden’: White House Stenographer Says Former VP’s ‘Mental Acuity’ Has Deteriorated

‘Not The Same Joe Biden’: White House Stenographer Says Former VP’s ‘Mental Acuity’ Has Deteriorated

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Alana Goodman - SEPTEMBER 8, 2020 5:00 AM

Joe Biden’s former White House stenographer said the vice president’s public speaking ability has deteriorated significantly since leaving office to the point where he’s “not the same Joe Biden.”

“It is a complete difference from what he was in 2017,” Mike McCormick, who worked as a White House stenographer for 15 years and with Biden from 2011 to 2017, told the Washington Free Beacon in an interview. “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,” McCormick said. “He’s a different guy.” . . .

. . . Biden’s physical stamina and cognitive health have come under scrutiny during the 2020 election, due to a series of speaking appearances in which the 77-year-old has appeared to lose his train of thought, struggled to finish a sentence, or forgotten where he is. . . .

. . . McCormick said Biden also seems to get “lost” during interviews now, a problem he said seems more pronounced since leaving the White House. . . .

. . . 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 has also made odd statements, telling one online audience that when he was a patient at Walter Reed Hospital, the nurses would “breathe in my nostrils to make me move.” . . .

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