Headline RoundupFebruary 29th, 2024

Biden’s Physician Deems Him ‘Fit For Duty,’ No Cognitive Test Conducted

Summary from the AllSides News Team

President Joe Biden’s physician deemed him physically fit for the duties of the presidency, but no cognitive assessment was conducted.

Details: Biden's recent physical examination concluded that the 81-year-old president was in good health - an “active, robust 81-year-old male, who remains fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency.” The examination found no evidence of a stroke or Parkinson's.

For Context: Biden's age and potential cognitive issues have been a cause for concern and speculation for some time now. A recent special counsel’s report described Biden as an “elderly man with a poor memory.” The examination’s lack of a cognitive assessment led to pushback from right-rated voices. 2024 GOP frontrunner and former President Donald Trump posted on Truth Social that all presidential candidates should take a cognitive test. Trump used the opportunity to claim his fitness for another term in office, highlighting that he had successfully completed the cognitive tests twice during his presidency. Former White House physician Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX) remarked that Biden's latest physical was a “complete joke” for the omission of a cognitive exam

How The Media Covered It: Concerns over Biden’s age and cognitive ability were widespread across outlets with varying biases. The Washington Examiner (Lean Right bias) focused coverage on Representative Ronny Jackson's remarks on the omission of a cognitive exam. The Daily Beast (Left bias) focused on the physician’s assessment that Biden is “fit for duty,” while also acknowledging the absence of a cognitive evaluation and relating it to Republicans’ criticisms. This summary was developed with the help of AllSides' AI technology.

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