President Joe Biden vehemently rejected allegations from special counsel Robert Hur’s scathing report, which claimed Biden had difficulty recalling the date of his son Beau’s death.
In a visibly impassioned response from the Diplomatic Reception Room in the White House, Biden dismissed the notion as intrusive and expressed his emotional connection to Beau’s memory, citing a rosary he wears that belonged to his late son.
The president underscored that he doesn’t need reminders of Beau’s passing, emphasizing the annual Memorial Day service held to honor him. Beau Biden, an Iraq War veteran and former attorney general of Delaware, succumbed to brain cancer in 2015.
The 345-page report, focusing on Biden’s handling of classified documents, concluded that he willfully retained and disclosed classified military and national security information. Despite this, the report recommended against pressing charges following a yearlong investigation.
The report also highlighted apparent memory lapses, noting Biden’s limited recollection during interviews with his ghostwriter and Hur’s office. According to the report, Biden couldn’t recall when Beau died or the years he served as vice president during the 2023 interview.
In response, Biden refuted the claim, expressing his firm grasp of the presidency and rejecting the suggestion that his memory issues influenced the decision not to charge him.
Challenged by CNN’s MJ Lee about his candidacy and concerns regarding his age and mental acuity in comparison to former President Donald Trump, the leading GOP candidate for the 2024 election, Biden asserted his qualifications.
He declared himself the most qualified person in the country to be president, citing his experience and commitment to completing the work he began.
This retort showcased Biden’s confidence in his abilities and his determination to confront the challenges posed by skeptics regarding his age and mental fitness.