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Today is apparently the 50th birthday of Amtrak. Who knew. Anyway, Biden celebrated the day with a speech in which he called for more money to build new routes for Amtrak. The speech was the perfect opportunity to promote his almost $2 trillion infrastructure plan, of which $10 billion per year would go to passenger and freight rail systems like Amtrak.
He tried to make a personal connection with his audience by reminiscing about his days as a train commuter. You know, the 47 years he spent in politics during which time he did essentially nothing at all to improve the lives of anyone, even though we’re supposed to believe that now he’ll bring positive change. CNN made sure you heard all about his personal touches. That’s the kind of journalism they do these days.
Biden also tried to talk about his professional record on the subject of railway infrastructure. I say “tried” because honestly, I still don’t even know what he was trying to say. And it’s obvious that he doesn’t either. Take a listen.
Joe Biden seems to get lost as he struggles to tell a story about Amtrak pic.twitter.com/a0w3aSrPBK
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“And so, you know, uh, if you think about it, when we were, when I was Vice President with Barack, he allowed me to put together a budget for Amtrak and it had money for high speed rail, at 200 MPH, from, from, uh, uh, Char, ‘scuse me, from Charlotte. one, uh, another line going from in Florida, down to Tampa, another line — if we had moved, Gov, we’d have that tunnel fixed in New York now.”
Oh, Joe. Oh, poor Joe. I’m sure your handlers are shaking their heads in exasperated dismay. And the American people are, too. Believe me. The bar is so incredibly low for him that all he has to do is stay alive during the speech and it’s considered a smashing success.
It’s obvious that he loses his train of thought (pun entirely intended) while he’s talking. He sort of skips around and doesn’t make sense. If he wasn’t supposedly the leader of the free world, it would be tragic to watch. I have extensive experience with and a special place in my heart for the elderly. My heart aches every time I watch him fumble through a speech and get confused in front of the nation and the world. Why did they force him into this very public position where his mental decline would be on display to the world? Surely he feels embarrassed. Surely he feels frustrated with himself. That’s what happens when your cognitive abilities begin to decline.
And if he can’t even stay on track (pun intended) for a short speech like this, what else is he losing track of? What else in the White House is he oblivious to? What else is going on that he doesn’t notice? What other major decisions are being made that he doesn’t fully understand or comprehend? C’mon, man.
But alas, he was placed squarely in the limelight for the nation and the world to watch him in his vulnerable moments of mental decline. Regardless, I can’t just give him a pass, even though I feel bad for him. He is our representative on the global stage and is supposedly the leader of the free world. And this kind of mental lapse is just another example of his obvious cognitive decline, which was evident during his entire campaign.
What a tragedy that the mainstream media refused to allow the American people to see how serious the problem was in order to make an informed decision.