In a recent national address, President Joe Biden vehemently denied accusations of having memory problems, despite a report from a special prosecutor that described him as “a well-intentioned old man with a bad memory.” The visibly angry president declared, “I’m well-intentioned, I’m an old man and I know what I’m doing. My memory is good.”
However, in a surprising turn of events, Biden made a new mistake during the address when he confused the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, with that of Egypt, Abdelfatah al Sisi. This blunder comes on the heels of a long list of recent embarrassing mistakes by the 81-year-old president.
In just the past few days, Biden has been involved in several confusing incidents. On Wednesday, he mistakenly referred to former German Chancellor Angela Merkel as Helmut Kohl, her predecessor who passed away in 2017. He also reconstructed a conversation with his French counterpart from 2021, but confused him with François Mitterrand, who governed France from 1981 to 1995.
This is not the first time Biden has made these kinds of errors. In July 2023, he mistakenly stated that “more than 100” Americans had died from Covid-19, when the correct figure was “more than a million.” In June, he also confused the war in Ukraine with that in Iraq, saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin was “losing the war in Iraq.”
It is important to note that these mistakes are occurring as Biden gears up for the general elections in November. The president remains adamant that he is fit to lead the country and will seek reelection. Nevertheless, the repeated slip-ups raise questions about Biden’s mental acuity and ability to effectively run the country.
With information from AFP and EFE, these recent gaffes are likely to remain in the public eye as Biden continues to make headline-grabbing mistakes during official addresses and conversations.