Biden Transcript Shows President Forgetting About Details Surrounding Son’s Death

By Robert Cunningham, updated on March 12, 2024

In a revealing interview, President Biden's memory lapses come to light, showcasing a vulnerable moment for the leader of the free world.

During an October interview, the New York Post's report about President Biden's confusing moments highlighted his struggles with recalling personal and professional details.

President Joe Biden displayed notable confusion over crucial dates and details during a significant interview with special counsel Robert Hur. Among these lapses was his uncertainty regarding the death date of his son, Beau Biden, and the election year of his predecessor, Donald Trump. Such moments of forgetfulness, including Biden's struggle to recall the term "fax machine" and the agency responsible for handling classified documents after a president or vice president leaves office, have sparked discussions about his cognitive capabilities.

The Emotional Toll of Personal Loss on Public Figures

Biden's inability to remember the exact date of his son Beau's death was one of the more poignant moments of the interview. He asked, "What month did Beau die?" requiring assistance from White House lawyer Rachel Cotton and an unidentified man to correct him that his son died in 2015.

Despite this, Biden later criticized Hur for what he perceived as an inappropriate mention of his son's death, though the transcript shows Biden brought it up unprompted. This interaction underscores public figures' personal challenges and how they intersect with their professional duties. “It was May of 2015,” he was told, reflecting a moment of correction during the interview.

“There’s even some reference that I don’t remember when my son died,” the president expressed his indignation on February 8. “How the hell dare he raise that? Frankly, when I was asked the question, I thought to myself it wasn’t any of their damned business.”

Scrutiny Over the Handling of Classified Information

The heart of the interview with Hur revolved around Biden's handling of classified national security information after leaving the vice presidency.

The transcript revealed Biden's difficulty in recalling which aide had handed off certain files and the name of the agency responsible for taking possession of classified documents. This has led to broader conversations about the procedures for handling sensitive information post-administration and the adequacy of current protocols.

Special Counsel Robert Hur's investigation concluded without recommending charges against President Biden, describing him as a "sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory." Hur's decision has been met with mixed reactions, highlighting a divide in opinions on accountability and the expectations from high-ranking officials regarding national security.

A Decisive Moment in Public Service and Leadership

Hur prepared remarks defending his decision not to recommend charges against President Biden, emphasizing the necessity of transparency in his decision-making process. "The need to show my work was especially strong here," Hur stated, acknowledging the importance of justifying his conclusions to maintain credibility.

This statement and the broader context of the interview shed light on the complexities of public service, especially when personal challenges intersect with the responsibilities of leadership. Hur also commented on the importance of directly addressing Biden's memory issues, saying, “The evidence and the President himself put his memory squarely at issue.”

Conclusion

The transcript from President Biden's October interview with special counsel Robert Hur has brought to the forefront several instances of confusion and forgetfulness related to personal and professional details. From struggling to remember the death date of his son Beau to misrecalling Donald Trump's election year and even forgetting what a fax machine was called, these moments paint a picture of a leader facing the challenges of aging.

Despite these lapses, Hur's investigation into handling classified information concluded without recommending charges against Biden, a decision Hur felt compelled to explain thoroughly. This story underscores the delicate balance between personal vulnerability and public duty, inviting discussions on the expectations and realities faced by those in the highest offices.

About Robert Cunningham

With years of experience at the forefront of political commentary, Robert Cunningham brings a blend of sharp wit and deep insight to his analysis of American principles at the Capitalism Institute.

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