Cognitive Reality

I felt relief when I thought Joe Biden beat Donald Trump for the US presidency. On Saturday, November 7, 2020, it became official-Joe Biden was the United States president-elect. He gave a speech Saturday night, reiterating the same themes said in prior addresses: The virus, economic crisis, climate change, and systemic racism, unify a divided nation, etc. I listened to most of his previous talks. In almost every speech, he brings up the number of people who have died from the virus, and he gets the number wrong, then immediately corrects himself. You are probably wondering what I am talking about? In almost every speech, he says, 200,000 million thousand people have died from the virus. This error is a cognitive issue. He corrects himself immediately, knowing that he misspoke; he did it again Saturday night, probably the most important speech of his life. It’s not his fault, he is trying to do the best he can, but it indicates that his cognitive abilities are somewhat impaired. There is a danger when you elect a president seventy-seven years old. Ronald Reagan was sixty-nine years old when elected president. Did he have Alzheimer’s disease during his second term is an open question. I’m relieved Donald Trump lost the election, but Joe Biden’s age may be a significant issue looking ahead

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