Axelrod says special counsel stuck a 'shiv' in Biden with classified documents report

February 11, 2024

Ex-Obama senior advisor David Axelrod said in an opinion piece on Saturday that the special counsel investigating President Joe Biden stuck a "shiv" in him with his report characterizing him as an elderly man with a memory so poor that he wouldn't be competent to stand trial.

"Robert Hur may think President Joe Biden's memory is faulty, but it's a safe bet the president will never forget the shiv the special counsel stuck into the Biden re-election campaign Thursday," Axelrod wrote for CNN.

"Hur is a lawyer, not a medical doctor, so his assessment seemed gratuitous and out of place," Axelrod added. "But often, the most damaging stories in presidential races are the ones that confirm negative impressions voters have already formed."

Hur said that Biden presented as a "sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory" and gave that as a reason why investigators decided not to move forward with charges in the case.

Biden couldn't remember the dates when he was vice president and the year his son Beau died of cancer during the hours-long interview by investigators over two days.

In a press conference after the report was released, Biden insisted his memory was "fine," but got Mexico mixed up with Egypt in comments he made. He also seemed angry and not at all "affable" as he was described in the report.