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President Biden’s reliance on his notes to give detailed answers at private fundraising events has left some donors concerned about his viability, according to a new report.

Biden is prone to consulting note cards after calling on pre-screened donors who have questions at closed-door events, Axios reported Friday.

“Biden’s reliance on note cards to help explain his own policy positions (on questions he knows are coming) is raising concerns among some donors about Biden’s age,” the article states.

It is the latest media report on Biden on that front, despite recent anger from the White House over such talks. History adds that most recent presidents have had “cheat sheets” of sorts to refer to at public events and press conferences.


Biden’s usual habit at major fundraising events is to make remarks to reporters in the room, who are then escorted out. Remaining donors can then ask some questions that have already been vetted by Biden’s staff. Her staff has said the notes are simply a way to make sure you are as prepared as possible for what lies ahead.


US President Joe Biden speaks about the Senate’s recent passage of the supplemental national security bill, which provides military aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, in the State Dining Room of the White House on February 13, 2024 in Washington , DC. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

The report adds that the “hosted question-and-answer sessions” have left some donors concerned that it will not measure up to another presidential campaign that finds itself in a very different environment than 2020.

At 81, Biden is already the oldest president in US history, and the White House was reeling earlier this month after a report by special counsel Robert Hur into his handling of classified materials referred to the president as a “sympathetic and well-meaning old man.” with poor memory” he could not remember the timing of important life events.

Biden’s campaign ignored the Axios report in a statement to the outlet, with a spokesperson saying: “Today in news that matters to the American people when it comes to the 2024 election: Three IVF clinics in Alabama have ceased operations for fear of criminal actions.” prosecution by the state, all at the feet of Donald Trump,” referring to an Alabama Supreme Court decision that under state law, frozen embryos are considered children.

One donor, Fred D. Hochberg, told Axios that Biden spoke spontaneously and was “not at all scripted” when he saw him speak privately in Manhattan last month.


No one was cited in the report as expressing concern about Biden, perhaps for fear of offending a White House that has been highly sensitive to such stories. Multiple communications officials have publicly criticized the media for its focus on the issue in recent weeks, with White House Counsel spokesman Ian Sams even sending a letter to the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA). complaining that the media was “misreporting” their findings. .

Polls show that a large majority of the country thinks he is too old to serve another term; A recent poll found that 86 percent thought Biden had aged, while 62 percent said the same of former President Trump, who is just four years younger than his rival.

Joe Biden and Donald Trump

President Biden, 81, and former President Trump, 77, appear headed for a rematch in 2024. (Getty Images)

Biden has made headlines at some of the fundraising events when particularly significant comments were leaked to the outside world.

He called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “mad son” this week at a fundraiser in San Francisco, prompting an avalanche of angry responses from the Kremlin and Putin’s allies.

“This is the ultimate existential threat. It’s the climate. We have a crazy son of a bitch, that guy, Putin, others. And we always have to be worried about a nuclear conflict,” Biden said. “But the existential threat to humanity is the climate.”

Biden also criticized Putin and his allies last week. after the mysterious death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in prison, saying Putin’s “thugs” were probably responsible in some way.


The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

Fox News’ Greg Norman, Melissa Rudy and Hanna Panreck contributed to this report.

By Sam