Garbled speech, baffling non sequiturs mark recent Biden appearances

President Joe Biden’s cognitive state has been the subject of much speculation for quite some time, but several of his public appearances in recent days have given Americans a new level of insight into just how muddled the commander in chief’s thinking seems to have become.

Speaking at the White House on Monday to announce a new initiative to fight so-called “ghost guns,” Biden made a tortured, tongue-tied comparison between the makers of firearms and cigarettes, saying, “Imagine had the tobacco industry been immune to prostitute being sued, come on,” as the Daily Wire reported. WATCH:

During the very same event, Biden found it difficult to express the correct acronym for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, reportedly referring to “AFT agents” on at least four distinct occasions.

As alarming as these malaprops certainly were, Biden’s performance last week during a South Lawn ceremony celebrating the confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court was even more jarring.

The president began what seemed to be a promising line of thought by saying, “America is a nation that can be defined in a single word.”

With audience members assuredly waiting with rapt anticipation to learn what that one word might be, Biden then uttered several syllables of unintelligible gibberish before saying, “Excuse me. I was in the foothills of the Himalayas with Xi Jinping, traveling with him. That’s when I traveled 17,000 miles when I was Vice President. I don’t know that for a fact.” WATCH:

As excruciatingly embarrassing as it is for citizens at home to see the leader of the free world in the grips of this type of confusion and decline, it is far worse that, as former White House physician Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX) has noted, “it’s not just the American people that are watching him speak, it’s the whole world…and it sends a message of weakness all over the world, and they’re seizing up on that.”