President Biden is regularly disoriented, administration insiders told Newsmax White House correspondent James Rosen.
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The president’s latest gaffe was asking where the late Congresswoman Jackie Walorski was at a White House event and then also appearing lost on stage at another before First Lady Dr. Jill Biden had to direct him where to go.
“I’ve spoken with sources inside the administration who report similar scenes of disorientation on the part of the president in various settings, and some of these have been visible to the public,” Rosen told the “Todd Starnes Show” Thursday.
“I think there’s been two different occasions where the president has sought to shake hands with people who are not standing there,” Rosen told host Todd Starnes.
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White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was grilled by journalists in the briefing room after Biden’s dead representative gaffe.
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She's dead, Mr. President. Rep. Jackie Walorski was killed in a car accident.
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“I was surprised that the White House communications team thought that the answer crafted for Karine Jean-Pierre to issue, which she did with metronomic repetition, that the late Congresswoman Jackie Walorski was top of mind for the president,” Rosen said.
The Newsmax correspondent said Jean-Pierre could’ve just admitted “the president misspoke,” “regrets that error” and it would have ended the questioning.
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“His aides always respond to inquiries along these lines by saying that the president is fully robust and engaged and there’s no issue with his cognitive faculties. But scenes like yesterday’s are not good optics for the president in terms of reassuring Americans about that issue,” Rosen added.
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Below is a rushed transcript from the Todd Starnes Show:
STARNES: [00:43:57] Welcome back to the Todd Starnes radio program. I want to go to the Patriot Mobile Newsmaker Line. We’re very honored to have with us James Rosen. He is the chief White House correspondent for Newsmax. James, good to have you back on the program today. [00:44:09][11.9]
ROSEN: [00:44:09] Good to be back. Thank you, Todd. [00:44:10][1.0]
STARNES: [00:44:11] James, I want to go back to yesterday. We were playing some of the audio, a lot of the audio. Were you surprised that other reporters were asking questions about that big gaffe involving the late Congresswoman Walorski? [00:44:23][12.2]
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ROSEN: [00:44:25] No, I think it was a market moment. And I don’t think that the reportorial instincts of any reporter who’s accredited by the White House Correspondents Association, who sits in that room every day, would fail to be aroused by a moment like that. So I’m not surprised that it was a focus of sustained questioning. I was surprised that the White House communications team thought that the answer crafted for Karine Jean-Pierre to issue, which she did with metronomic repetition, that the late Congresswoman Jackie Walorski was top of mind for the president. She was simply top of mind, and that’s understandable that she might be top of mind. I think that was surprising that the communications team thought that that would suffice. Frankly, the other path available to the communications team and to Karine Jean-Pierre was simply to say that the president misspoke. He regrets that error and that all of us sometimes lapse in this age of digital sensory overload. And I think that would have let the oxygen out of that issue early on and thereafter, we would not have seen such sustained questioning. [00:45:38][73.0]
STARNES: [00:45:39] No, I’m with you on that, James. And again, we have different roles to play here. You’re the news guy and, you know, we’re an opinion show. But you’re right. I think if that sort of, if they would have addressed it that sort of way, I think at least from the news perspective, that would have resolved that issue. There was also another incident, one in the Rose Garden where he, it was a small stage, and he just didn’t know what to do and the first lady, and this is not the first time that’s happened. He always just looks confused when he’s up on that stage. Do you have any idea what’s going on there? [00:46:10][30.4]
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ROSEN: [00:46:11] Look, I’ve spoken with sources inside the administration who report similar scenes of disorientation on the part of the president in various settings. And some of these have been visible to the public. I think there’s been two different occasions where the president has sought to shake hands with people who are not standing there. And the White House, we should point out, always responds to any inquiries along these lines. And to my knowledge, I am the only reporter who has put such an inquiry directly to President Biden himself back in January. His aides always respond to inquiries along these lines by saying that the president is fully robust and engaged and there’s no issue with his cognitive faculties. But scenes like yesterday’s are not good optics for the president in terms of reassuring Americans about that issue. And to the extent that Americans are concerned about it is manifest in the poll that I asked the president about back in January of this year, which ran in Politico. It was a Politico morning consult poll that found 49% of American voters disagreeing with the statement Joe Biden is mentally fit. The same poll found not even a majority of Democrats willing to strongly to affirm that statement. And so when events like these occur, I think they add to that perception that was reflected in that polling data. And when the White House crafts responses that are distinctly unsatisfactory to any sentient listener, I think they inadvertently wind up stoking that perception. [00:47:50][98.8]
STARNES: [00:47:51] And that’s again, it was surprising to see the barrage of questioning on that particular issue. But again, to your point, it was there and it had to be addressed. And, James, we are right up against a mandatory bottom of the hour break. We will see you again this evening and I suppose throughout the day on Newsmax. Thank you for the great work you do. [00:48:14][22.7]
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