Biden has tried to deflect concern by joking about his age. It doesn't really work. This
morning Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) posted on X, "Biden's age jokes would be funnier if his severe mental decline wasn't so alarming. Biden can't handle the job of Commander in Chief today. The idea he could continue to serve until *2029* is preposterous." And that's why the picture of the birthday cake conflagration is so damaging, such a grievous self-inflicted wound. One doesn't have to read a poll or an article or even a tweet to get the point.