After the disastrous Biden press conference last week, Vice President Kamala Harris said she is "ready to serve" if something happens to the 81-year-old Democrat president. The interview, taken two days before the release of special counsel Robert Hur's report that defined Biden as an "elderly man with a poor memory," could be the beginning of a more serious conversation in the Democratic Party to push Biden aside.
"I am ready to serve. There's no question about that," Harris told The Wall Street Journal, adding that those who work alongside her "walk away fully aware of my capacity to lead." The focus on the vice president's ability to fill Biden's shoes has been accelerated after special counsel Robert Hur released his report on the president's mishandling of classified documents. The report, followed by a disastrous press conference last week, made it clear to many Americans that President Biden is too old to serve for another four years.
As previously reported by the DC Enquirer, Hur concluded that he would not be bringing charges against Biden but noted the repeated memory failures during a lengthy interview spanning over two days. "In an interview with our office, Mr. Biden's memory was worse. He did not remember when he was vice president, forgetting on the first day of the interview when his term ended ('If it was 2013 - when did I stop being Vice President?'), and forgetting on the second day of the interview when his term began ('in 2009, am I still Vice President?')," the report reads. "He did not remember, even within several years, when his son Beau died. And his memory appeared hazy when describing the Afghanistan debate that was once so important to him."
"We have also considered that, at trial, Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory," the report added.
To defend himself following the report's findings, Biden held a surprise national address and press conference that resulted in multiple blunders, including a mixup of the president of Egypt with the president of Mexico. Biden's failed attempt to defend his memory has already resulted in notable poll shifts. A recent ABC News/Ipsos survey taken just after Biden's remarks shows that 86 percent of Americans believe Biden is too old to serve another term in the White House.
As President Biden's mental sharpness deteriorates with age, his vice president will become increasingly important. While Kamala Harris is one of the least popular politicians in America, the country may be stuck with her as president if Biden were to step down or become incapacitated. Hopefully, that day will not come, and Biden will be given a pleasant retirement after being voted out of office in November.
Read The Wall Street Journal's interview with Harris here.
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