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Videos: Biden forgets things in speech defending his memory

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on gun violence prevention in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on April 8, 2021. (Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)
February 09, 2024

President Joe Biden seemed to forget the name of a Catholic parish and confuse two foreign presidents during a Thursday evening press conference that was intended to defend the president’s memory after Special Counsel Robert Hur released his report regarding the investigation of Biden’s handling of classified documents.

In his report, Hur described Biden’s memory as “hazy,” “faulty,” and “fuzzy.” The Special Counsel did not recommend criminal charges against the president, warning that 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.”

During Thursday’s press conference, Biden told reporters, “My memory is fine.” In response to Hur’s report, Biden said, “I’m well-meaning, and I’m an elderly man, and I know what the hell I’m doing. I’ve been president. I put this country back on its feet. I don’t need his recommendation.”

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Pushing back against Hur’s report regarding his memory on Thursday, Biden attempted to defend himself against Hur’s claim that the president did not remember when his son died when he was interviewed as part of the classified documents investigation.

“I know there’s some attention paid to some language of the report about my recollection of events. There is even reference that I don’t remember when my son died,” Biden said. “How in the hell dare he raise that? Frankly, when I was asked the question, I thought to myself, ‘It wasn’t any of their damn business.'”

“Let me tell you something. Some of you have commented. I wear, since the day he died every single day, the rosary he got from our Lady of …” Biden continued before suddenly appearing to forget which parish his son’s rosary came from.

In another apparent memory lapse during Thursday’s press conference, Biden called Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi the “president of Mexico” while telling reporters about his administration’s involvement in securing access to humanitarian aid for individuals affected by the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

“I think that, 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. I convinced him to open the gate,” Biden said. “I talked to BiBi to open the gate on the Israeli side. I’ve been pushing really hard to get humanitarian assistance into Gaza.”