Some Thoughts on Biden’s Age

Daylin Leach
4 min readFeb 13, 2024

Sometimes it is necessary to act on incomplete and murky information. Frankly, I counted on this when I filled out my college applications. Did I actually graduate high school? Maybe. Could be. Perhaps not. Unclear. Must have. Any proof?. Let’s move on!

I feel the same way about Biden’s mental capacity or alleged lack thereof. If you listen to the former Trump appointee who wrote the Independent Counsel’s report released last week, or the various MAGA pundits and elected officials, you’d think that “Sleepy Joe”’s brain resembles an addled goose egg, incapable of anything other than recalling recent conversations with Winston Churchill or recognizing a faint desire for applesauce.

Of course, MAGA-world also believes that Biden is the mastermind of an international Communist, fascist, pedophile ring, hell bent on putting the boot of tolerance on our necks while installing the satanic Taylor Swift as the all-powerful keeper of the rainbow flag. So there is that.

On the other hand, I’m not sure the White House Spokespeople and the Biden campaign operatives are being completely candid either. According to them, Biden hasn’t lost a step since he entered his 80s. In fact he’s GAINED steps, a whole bunch of them. And behind the scenes he splits his free time between kick-boxing practice and beating world-champion Magnus Carlson’s pasty Danish ass in speed-chess.

Naturally, we all have our own observations. By definition, these are only based on what is observable. But I see a Joe Biden who, in his best moments, is still wise and insightful. He has always had a stammer and even in his 30s he spit our gaffes the way a conveyor belt spits out pita at a bread factory. But he does not in any way seem to be “demented” or suffering the ravages of Alzheimers. My mother had dementia. I know what that looks like. And there’s nothing about Joe Biden’s presentation that is consistent with that.

Plus, he has done a great job as President. Certainly there are things one can (and I do) disagree with him about. But he’s nailed it on the economy, the environment, infrastructure and so much more. He’s been masterful at holding the NATO alliance under difficult circumstances in Ukraine, and otherwise conducted foreign policy in a non-insane way

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Daylin Leach

Long-time state House and Senate member, author of PA’s Medical Marijuana law, also creator of “shit-gibbon!” Comedian, professor, father of 2 awesome children!