Former ESPN anchor Sage Steele has raised concerns about President Joe Biden’s cognitive abilities, adding fuel to the debate about his fitness for a second term. In a recent podcast appearance on Bill Maher’s Club Random, she shed light on her 2021 interview with Biden in which she said he struggled to maintain his focus, frequently losing his train of thought and even failing to remember her name.
According to Steele who left ESPN in August, Biden resorted to recounting football stories from his younger years, claiming to have “the best hands” before abruptly trailing off. His voice just trailed off. He said, ‘I was good,’ and then he went silent, and he goes …‘Uh, never mind,’” she recounted.
“The human aspect of what we’re witnessing right now, to me, is heartbreaking,” Steele added.
This revelation comes amid concerns about Biden’s cognitive health. Recent gaffes by the President have not helped quell these concerns, as White House staff had to intervene and cut off his microphone during a rambling response to a question last month.
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On the same day, he made an inaccurate claim of visiting Ground Zero on 9/11 while he was a senator.
Speaking at Joint Base Elmendorf–Richardson in Anchorage, he said, Each of us, each of those precious lives stolen too soon when evil attacked. Ground Zero in New York, I remember standing there the next day, and looking at the building. And I felt like I was looking through the gates of hell. It looked so devastating because of the way from where you could stand.”
There was however no record of him being in the city that day.
Critics on the Republican side argue that these blunders, which have been as bad as praising the “Congressional Black Caucus” while addressing the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, demonstrate that the 80-year-old president may lack the necessary cognitive faculties to perform his duties effectively.
With Biden announcing his intent to seek re-election in November 2024, these concerns have taken center stage in the political discourse and as reflected in recent polling data, they are not confined to party lines.
Several polls indicate that Biden has fallen behind former President Donald Trump in a hypothetical second head-to-head battle. A Washington Post-ABC News poll even gives Trump a substantial 10 percent lead over the incumbent.