Fox News reporter Peter Doocy made President Joe Biden’s night even worse on Thursday, questioning the Democrat’s cognitive abilities as he struggled to respond to a damning special counsel report concluding he suffers from an increasingly poor memory.
Doocy, citing a decision by Special Counsel Robert Hur not to charge the president with crimes over his mishandling of classified documents because he is a “well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,” asked President Biden directly: “Just how good is your memory, and can you continue as President?”
Biden snapped, pausing his dignified answer to lob a sassy retort back at the reporter.
“My memory is so bad that I let you speak,” he shot back.
Speaking with anchor Jesse Watters after the exchange, Doocy recounted how Biden’s sarcastic response to his question failed to take seriously questions about whether he could continue serving as commander-in-chief.
“I was asking him if his memory is so bad that he has to step down as president. That is a very straightforward, but hard and uncomfortable question, and so I wouldn’t expect him just to laugh if off. It’s a serious thing. He needs to convince people that he can go another five years when there’s already 388 pages of a special counsel [report] saying he’s got serious lapses in his memory,” Doocy said.
“I wasn’t expecting him to go in there and just laugh it off,” he added.
Hur, who was appointed by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate the discovery of classified documents found in President Biden’s home, concluded in his report that Biden was not criminally liable for the lapse in national security and that he worked with his staff and the Justice Department to return the secret documents when asked. However, the report heavily emphasized the trouble investigators had interviewing Biden over five hours, summarizing his struggle to remember basic details about his life, including the year his son Beau died and the period when he served as vice president.
In response, attorneys for President Biden sent a letter to Hur’s team demanding a retraction of many statements about Biden’s memory, saying the release of the report was violating “well-established” norms and “trashing” the president.
“The special counsel could not refrain from investigative excess, perhaps unsurprising given the intense pressures of the current political environment. Whatever the impact of those pressures on the final report, it flouts department regulations and norms,” attorney Bob Bauer told the AP.
For months, Hur’s investigation proceeded without interference from the White House, which had publicly indicated the president had no intention of trying to influence the outcome. The final report now thrusts back into the public discussion a reckoning over President Biden’s age, which remains a major concern among most Americans according to polls.