Biden Coughs his Way through Address after Electoral College Vote
Speculation is already rampant that Joe Biden may not be physically up to the rigors of being President. He has already had an “I’ve fallen and can’t get up” slip where he broke a bone in his foot. His handlers haven’t been particularly transparent over how it happened. Depending on whom you believe, Joe either slipped in the shower, or tripped while playing with his dog. Eventually the story merged into a combination of the two.
Then there was his first long speech to the American public on Monday night after the Electoral College voted to certify his cheating ways. The speech was a combination of a plea for everyone to ignore the clear evidence of fraud and ballot stuffing and a call for everyone to love one another now that the Democrats have stolen the election.
Throughout the speech, Biden struggled to suppress a coughing fit. His voice was hoarse and he uttered “excuse me” a couple of times. What was supposed to be an Electoral College victory speech stoked worries by some observers that he may have contracted the coronavirus.
Joe’s explanation was that he was suffering from a “minor illness.”
“Thank you. I have a little bit of a cold. I’m sorry but look, you know, you did it, you did it – not a joke.” Observers understood the first part of the statement, but like many extemporaneous comments he makes, no one understood the “you did it” part.
More than what was in his speech–where he valiantly tried to channel some glorious vision of democracy–Joe’s constant need to clear his throat and suppress coughs were the most memorable parts. One social media wag quipped, “Has Dr. Jill Biden diagnosed that nasty cough?” (Dr. Jill Biden, as many only recently learned is not an MD. She has a doctorate in education—an EdD.)
Another posed the question, “Why is Joe Biden’s first address to the nation all about Donald Trump and why does he keep coughing?”
One Biden apologist noted that Joe has been campaigning for a long time: “You know when singers go out on tour? If you speak long enough, you do lose your voice after a while…” Joe’s voice didn’t hold up for five minutes during his speech, and he spent most of his campaign cloistered in his home.
Another remarked: “Few more coughs and it’s gonna be president Kamala Harris.”
The only thing scarier that Joe Biden’s return to the bad old days of Obama would be Kamala Harris as his successor. Harris has the dubious distinction of being named the most liberal senator among 100 of her colleagues. She is considered more progressive than Bernie Sanders. If she inherits the job, count on her selecting the likes of Elizabeth Warren or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as her vice president.
In the meantime, Biden could just be suffering from acid reflux, or GERD. His physician (a real doctor) Kevin C. O’Connor told the Wall Street Journal that the GERD causes Biden to have to clear his throat constantly. “This may also contribute to occasional cough and sinus congestion.” Joe has a past history of coughing a lot during his rare live appearances.
In any case, many observers found Joe’s hacking up hairballs distracting and associated body language difficult to watch. One critic observed, “There is something seriously wrong with Joe Biden. Medically speaking…there is no way he finishes his 4-year term.”