New York Times editorial board demands Biden ‘do better’ in defending his memory, fitness for office


The New York Times editorial board slammed President Biden’s press conference that he gave in response to Special Counsel Robert Hur’s assessment of his "poor memory."

The editorial – published Friday ­– declared that Biden’s assurances during the presser that his memory is "fine" "didn’t work," and that they raised "more questions" about his sharpness.

The board then advised Biden that he needs to "do better" to convince the American people that he’s up to the job, especially as former President Trump has a "very real chance of retaking the White House."

The piece began by noting polls showing how a majority of American voters in battleground states "agreed with the statement that Mr. Biden’s ‘just too old to be an effective president,’" and that Hur’s report will further "test trust that the American people have in their president."

It then claimed that Biden’s response to that report made things even worse.

"Mr. Biden’s performance at his news conference on Thursday night was intended to assure the public that his memory is fine and argue that Mr. Hur was out of line; instead, the president raised more questions about his cognitive sharpness and temperament," the board declared.

It added that "he delivered emotional and snappish retorts in a moment when people were looking for steady, even and capable responses to fair questions about his fitness."

Summing it up, The Times said, "His assurances, in other words, didn’t work. He must do better."

It added that "the stakes in this presidential election are too high for Mr. Biden to hope that he can skate through a campaign with the help of teleprompters and aides and somehow defeat as manifestly unfit an opponent as Donald Trump, who has a very real chance of retaking the White House."... (Read more)

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