Thursday, at his first press conference as president, Joe Biden appeared to forget what he was saying, then become so confused that he struggled to move on to a new topic.
Pres. Biden was addressing the possibility of abolishing or changing the Senate filibuster when he lost his train of thought, looked down, then tried to summarize what he meant to say.
Biden seemed to have increasing difficulty expressing his thoughts, then completely lost his train of thought:
“So, the best way to get something done, if you…if you hold, it near and dear to you, that you…uh, uh, like to be able to, uh - well, anyway.
“I, ah…we’re ready to get a lot done.
“And, if we have to, if there’s complete lockdown and chaos as a consequence of the filibuster, then we’ll have to go beyond what I’m talking about.”
Biden, then, appeared to continue to be confused as he tried to refer to his notes to call on the next reporter:
“Okay, um – hang on…ah, sorry. Oh. Same name, Miss Kim.”
Answering the next question, Biden recovers, somewhat, though he pauses and has trouble continuing, at one point. By the following question, he appears to get back on track.