If Joe Biden were to win the election, he would be 78 years old while standing on the Capitol steps taking the Oath of Office. When Donald Trump took the Oath, he was only 70.
“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” That ability to uphold the Constitution would decline substantially during Biden’s time in office, were he to be elected.
Cognitive decline in old age is frequently studied and it is certainly accepted that (although it can vary greatly from person to person), some decline is highly likely in everyone of us as we march toward life’s end.
When Trump leaves office in January of 2025, he will be 78. Biden would take the Oath of office at age 78, and most (75%) of his time in office would be during his 9th decade, 82 years old after one term and 86 after two. Biden would be nearly a DECADE older than Trump at the end of their respective 2nd terms. Currently President Trump is six years younger than Biden, but their ages in office are effectively 10 years apart.
Dementia incidence doubles every 5 years from ages 65 to 90. The likelihood of Biden having dementia increases by 599% from when he would take the Oath of Office until the end of a second term. Generally, cognitive decline is rarely escaped by the elderly and increases dramatically with age.
We all hope we’ll be lucky enough to make it into our 80s with our cognitive ability intact, but the reality is that almost none of us will escape cognitive decline. It is assumed that we can take some measures to stave off some decline and we have studied it for millennia. Early Roman statesman Cicero (January 3, 106 BC – December 7, 43 BC) said that a loss of mental function in the elderly “affected only those old men who were weak-willed“. Generally our brain function starts going downhill when we hit age 20, but can become a more dramatic decline in our final decade or two. Many of us have witnessed and felt the heartache of this with our own parents.
We do not test the cognitive ability of our candidates, except in the court of public opinion. There have been numerous examples of Biden’s cognitive decline, including all of the classic signs (Mayo Clinic) of diminished capacity:
- Overall forgetfulness increases
- Forgetting important events (like appointments and meetings)
- Loss of train of thought (conversations, content of books and movies)
- Increase in feeling overwhelmed by decision making, planning, and understanding instructions
- Loss of ability to function in familiar settings (home, work)
- Impulsive behavior and poor judgment (can be quick to anger, agitated)
- Reports by family, friends, and others of the above signs
These are all critical functions for any Presidential hopeful. Since Joe Biden is unwilling to be tested for any cognitive impairment (also an indicator of undisclosed concerns), voting him in as President is simply not prudent.
Unless of course you are in favor of Biden passing the nuclear football to Kamala Harris (forgive the sports analogy).