President Joe Biden seemed to have a momentary lapse in memory when asked about the terrorist group responsible for holding hostages following the Oct. 7 attack on Israel.
During a press conference on Tuesday, a reporter inquired about the ongoing talks between Hamas and Israel aimed at securing the release of 132 remaining hostages and bringing an end to the conflict.
Israel had recently presented an offer that Hamas promptly rejected, countering with their own proposal which Israel deemed entirely unacceptable.
“What needs to get done for the hostage deal to get resolved, sir?” the reporter asked.
“There is some movement, and I don’t wanna, I don’t wanna…” Biden responded before pausing, closing his eyes, and staring ahead blankly.
“Let me choose my words— there’s some movement, there’s been…a response from the, uh…,” the president continued, clearly struggling to find the correct word. “There’s been a response…from…the opposition, but, um—”
Finally, a reporter had to step in and help Biden remember Hamas’ name.
“Hamas,” the reporter interjected.
“Yes — I’m sorry — from Hamas,” Biden finally said.
Just two days after Biden’s speech in Las Vegas, where he claimed to have spoken with the late François Mitterrand after winning the presidency, an alarming incident unfolded.
However, it was soon clarified that Biden had actually intended to refer to Emmanuel Macron, the current president of France.
This correction is based on the official transcript of Biden’s remarks.
In addition to this mix-up, a recent NBC News poll revealed that over three-fourths of voters express concern about whether the 81-year-old president possesses the necessary physical and mental capabilities required for his role.
Representative Dean Phillips (D-Minn.), who is challenging Biden for the White House, commented on these incidents, suggesting that they reflect how the Democratic Party is leading America towards disaster by supporting Biden’s re-election.