In a July 25 press conference, President Joe Biden appears to have made quite the claim: that his administration “ended cancer as we know it.”  

During a series of prepared remarks on “Expanding Access to Mental Health Care,” Biden lauded his administration’s work in “doing big things.” 

At one point, he asked and answered a question he claimed he was asked often:

‘If you could do anything at all, Joe, what would you do?’ I said I’d cure cancer—they looked at me like, ‘Why cancer?’ Because no one thinks we can! That’s why—and we can. We ended cancer as we know it.

Without catching his breath, Biden moved on to discussing veterans’ benefits, the second pillar of his “Unity Plan,” leaving the crowd a bit baffled. 

Has Biden’s administration “ended cancer as we know it?”

Of course not—it’s preposterous and disrespectful to state so while 1.9 million Americans deal with the crushing realities of cancer.

Was the president attempting to be malicious or make light of cancer? I don’t think so. 

Instead, this is yet another painful reminder that the president of the United States seems to be lacking mental sharpness and is perhaps suffering from dementia or another memory-affecting condition.

These moments that raise questions about Biden’s health have almost become too numerous to count. They showcase a man who seemingly has no memory at times.

Whether it’s Biden calling to an Indiana congresswoman, Jackie Walorski, who had been killed in a tragic car accident days before his press conference or looking lost and scared on stage after stage, Biden often seems unable to handle the demanding duties of the presidency.

As my Daily Signal colleague Jarrett Stepman pointed out after Biden said, “God save the Queen, man,” to a Connecticut crowd nine months after Queen Elizabeth II passed away, legacy media have dragged their heels in covering what could be construed as a case of elder abuse—a man seemingly lost and empty, shoved in front of the world stage, embarrassing himself and the nation he represents.

My grandfather suffered from a severe form of dementia while I was in high school and it broke my heart. What seemed like a funny topic to joke about when I was in junior high no longer brought a smile to my lips. The electrician, story teller, musician, and veteran I loved and respected fell apart before my eyes. 

I recognize similar patterns in Biden’s behavior. They’re the same physiological markers I used to teach my anatomy and physiology students to look for in our neurology and behavioral health unit. 

His speech patterns, facial expressions, gait, and color show a man who should be resting and visiting family—not carrying the weight of being the “leader of the free world,” much less in such a tumultuous time. 

I’m sure we’ll see White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre come up with a “reasonable explanation,” and the progressive Twitter pundits bend and spin Biden’s “cancer cure” into something tolerable for Biden’s 2024 reelection campaign—which is downright depressing.

No man should be forced to suffer through the punishing stress and insolvable humiliation of resolutely ignored dementia. If Biden is truly going through dementia, I have only contempt for those watching from the wings as he prattles on about “curing cancer.” Such selfish manipulation would only showcase the heartlessness of his staff, colleagues, and family.

Several lawmakers have raised concerns about Biden’s health before. Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., told The Daily Signal in a statement after the cancer comments: “The president’s wild gaffes shouldn’t distract Americans from the pile of evidence suggesting that Joe Biden took millions in foreign bribes. Infirmity isn’t a defense against impeachment.”

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