President Biden gave some “foggy” and “slingy” answers during his marathon press conference on Wednesday and – at times – looked like former President Reagan at the end of his presidency, CNN’s Van Jones said.
Jones addressed Biden’s response to a journalist’s question about whether he would ask Vice President Harris to be his vice president for another term. The president was also asked if he was satisfied with Harris’ efforts for the right to vote, which were not adopted by the Senate shortly afterwards.
Biden was brief with his answer and replied, “Yes and yes.”
Jones said the answer seemed to attract attention due to the fact that so many previous answers were foggy and meandering.
“You can be a foggy, meandering president – say like Reagan near the end – if you win,” he said. “But if you’m foggy and meandering in key issues and you do not win either, then you have a real problem.”
Biden’s press conference was criticized by conservatives in the media, who also found some of his answers confusing and divisive. The White House was forced to issue a statement clarifying his position on Ukraine.
But Biden’s support is likely to point to the fact that the press conference lasted nearly two hours and criticism from the right was almost certain. His predecessor, President Trump, was also accused by his harshest critics of lacking the mental acumen to hold office.
The comparison with Reagan was likely linked to allegations that the 40th president may have had Alzheimer’s by the end of his second term, which has been disputed. Reagan announced his diagnosis five years after leaving office.
“I am now beginning the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead,” his letter Read.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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