Joe Biden has made a series of mistakes and now his doctor is speaking out about it.
The 76-year-old former vice-president and senator from Delaware enter a crowded field of competitors, but polls in recent weeks have consistently shown him leading the pack, perhaps because of his experience and lengthy record in office.
But unlike some of his much younger opponents, it’s his decades in the public eye, and in particular his well-documented history of confusing or downright embarrassing gaffes and misstatements, that may end up working against him.
Now, the doctor that tended to Barack Obama for 22 years before he became president says Biden is not in good shape physically, either.
He’s not a healthy guy. He’s not in bad shape for his age, but I wouldn’t say he’s in outstanding health,” Dr. David Scheiner told the Washington Examiner. “Could I guarantee he won’t have issues for the next four years? He has a lot of issues that are just sort of sitting there.”
Obama’s former doctor says he’s worried about Biden’s risk of a stroke after it was disclosed that Biden has an irregular heartbeat and has previously suffered aneurysms. He also said he’d like to see the results of an MRI or CT scan.
Biden is a ‘healthy and vigorous’ 77-year-old ‘fit to successfully execute the duties of the presidency,’ his physician said in a 3-page letter following a check-up.
Biden’s eye recently filled up with blood, he constantly jumbles his words, shows signs of forgetfulness and confusion and never knows what state he is in, but he’s perfectly healthy.
Joe Biden is healthy and fit to be president of the United States, his physician said in a letter released Tuesday by his election campaign.
Earlier this year Biden had pledged to release his medical records before the Iowa caucuses in February, the first vote in the nomination race, after a challenger made allusions to his age.
His campaign released a summary of his medical history from Kevin O’Connor, Biden’s physician when he was vice president.
Biden “is a healthy, vigorous, 77-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency,” O’Connor, currently director of executive medicine at The GW Medical Faculty Associates, said in a three-page letter.
He said Biden is being treated for non-valvular atrial fibrillation (A-fib), hyperlipidemia, gastro-esophageal reflux and seasonal allergies.
“He does not use any tobacco products, does not drink alcohol at all, and he works out at least five days per week,” O’Connor wrote.
Last month Biden’s neurosurgeon, Dr. Neal Kassell, said he has seen no signs of brain damage in the 76-year-old.
“He is every bit as sharp as he was 31 years ago. I haven’t seen any change,” he said in an interview with Politico.
“I can tell you with absolute certainty that he had no brain damage, either from the hemorrhage or from the operations that he had. There was no damage whatsoever,” he said.
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