Fresh concerns have been raised over the mental competency of gaffe-prone U.S. President Joe Biden after footage posted on social media appeared to show him incoherent and struggling to string a sentence together.
The incident took place during a White House meeting with several of America’s top business leaders supportive of Biden’s Build Back Better initiative, with the future of all-electric vehicles and climate change on the agenda.
In a discussion with Mary Barra, the chief executive officer of General Motors, Biden attempted to reference a recent trip to Ford Motor’s plant in Dearborn, Michigan. He told America’s top CEOs:
“But, er, um, I er might point out, your — when I went to Dearborn, driving that — er, you know, it was up there. I don’t know, man. It, er — I think the press thought I was crazy. I enjoyed it so much, going up there. Er, your new EV factory and er — and that, er — that Hummer.”
The clip went viral on social media, with several political commentators questioning the U.S. president’s mental capacity and his ability to communicate effectively with the country’s top corporate executives and leaders around the world.
“Somebody please help him. This is not right,” tweeted Buzz Paterson, a New York Times best-selling author and former congressional candidate.
“This is bad,” added combat veteran Sean Parnell while Katrina Pearson, a former spokesperson for Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, simply asked: “Was there even a question?”
It’s the second time in a week that Biden’s behavior has come under scrutiny after he was caught on hot mic calling Fox News reporter Peter Doocy a “stupid son of a b***h” for asking the U.S president a question about inflation.
He later reportedly called Doocy to apologize for his remarks, insisting: “It’s nothing personal, pal.”