ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos blindsided White House press secretary Jen Psaki on “This Week” Sunday by bringing up a new ABC News/Washington Post poll that shows 54% of Americans have questions about President Joe Biden’s mental capacity.
Stephanopoulos said, “The president is approaching his State of the Union in a pretty difficult political position right now, 37% approval rating, Democrats trailing badly in the midterm polling.
“A majority in our recent poll out this morning even question the president’s mental capacity. How is he going to turn that around on Tuesday night? And how much has his State of the Union been changed by this war in Ukraine?”
The poll shows Biden hitting an all-time low of 37 percent job approval but also found that 54 percent believe the president lacks the “mental sharpness” to govern effectively.
George Stephanopoulos confronts Jen Psaki about a disastrous new Biden poll that shows a majority of Americans "question the president's mental capacity" pic.twitter.com/ws9E8jt8b9— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) February 27, 2022
Psaki dodged the question saying: “You know, George, from covering State of the Unions for some time, that it is about delivering a message to the public at a moment in time.
“And if you look back when President Obama gave his first State of the Union, it was during the worst financial crisis in a generation.
“When President Bush gave his first State of the Union, it was shortly after 9/11. Leaders lead during crises.
“That’s exactly what President Biden is doing. He’ll speak to that, but he’s also going to speak about his optimism about what’s ahead and what we all have to look forward to.”
WATCH: Stephanopoulos Confronts Psaki on Poll Finding Most Americans Don’t Think Biden Has the ‘Mental Sharpness’ for Office https://t.co/viILe9R3lo— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) February 27, 2022
When George Stephanopoulos was in politics, working for Bill Clinton, and the big campaign issue was a Clinton affair, a recording emerged that proved the allegation. Stephanopoulos' instinct: Deny, deny, deny. From his autobiography: 1/3 https://t.co/r8F3JArx4n pic.twitter.com/3GGQt7PF5R— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 27, 2022