A CBS News headline that briefly appeared during President Joe Biden’s speech garnered significant attention and quickly spread across the internet.
The speech took place on Friday, with President Biden hosting the leaders of Japan and South Korea at Camp David. During the speech, Biden emphasized the unity and cooperation between the United States, Japan, and South Korea, particularly in the face of a rising China.
CBS News posted a “WATCH LIVE” alert on the “X” platform to notify followers about the live broadcast of the speech. However, it was the wording used to refer to Biden that drew considerable online attention.
The alert read, “WATCH LIVE: Former President Biden holds news conference at Camp David with leaders of Japan and South Korea.”
CBS just called Biden a “former president” 👀 pic.twitter.com/tvAJlarFmM
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) August 18, 2023
While the CBS News post was clearly an error, it tapped into concerns many Americans have about Biden’s age, as he is currently 80 years old and potentially heading into a reelection campaign.
A recent Harvard-Harris Poll indicated that 55 percent of Americans harbor doubts about Biden’s fitness for office, while 41 percent believe he is mentally fit. Notably, 76 percent of Democrats believe that there are no issues with Biden’s mental health.
In another survey, Biden’s net approval rating dropped by over four points during the first half of 2023.
An Echelon Insights poll of 472 likely Democratic voters found that a significant one-third of respondents would support an alternative candidate in the Democratic primary for the 2024 election.
Furthermore, a video clip from the summit garnered attention on social media, where Biden’s slow and somewhat stiff movements while greeting the two world leaders led to discussions online, including claims of “elder abuse.”