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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Senile dementia is not funny. It is also not trivial
Posted by Jill | 6:01 AM
I think it's time that we started demanding not just John McCain's medical records, but a full examination of his cognitive functioning.

Here's why:
Per a post on Josh Marshall's site, I just listened to an interview John McCain did with a Spanish journalist recently. The interview is in English, but there's a Spanish translator translating the tape into Spanish at the same time. So the English part is difficult to hear. I am however fluent in Spanish, and what Josh reports is exactly what the Spanish version shows.

Namely, that John McCain didn't appear to know that Spain was in Europe, or that the leader of Spain was named Zapatero, even after he was told that Zapatero was the leader of Spain.

When asked about Spain and Zapatero, by a Spanish reporter for a Spanish newspaper, McCain responded about Mexico and Latin America. A reader suggested something that Josh had already considered, that perhaps McCain thought the reporter was talking about the Zapatistas in Mexico, the guerilla group. But that's not possible as the reporter clearly said she was talking about Spain and Spain's leader, Zapatero. She told McCain this twice. Let me tell you exactly what she asked McCain (per the translation):
"Senator, finally, let's talk about Spain. If you're elected president, would you invite President Zapatero to meet with you in the White House?"
McCain then gives this odd answer about America's friends and America's enemies. He also, oddly, talks about Mexico (why Mexico? The question was about Spain) and how he'd invite friendly leaders to the White House. She then asks him again, would that invitation include President Zapatero? He says again that he'd have to review relations first, blah blah. She then says again, "so you'd have to wait to see, so would you meet with him in the White House?" He again repeats his weird statement about friends and enemies. McCain also throws in, oddly, to the Spanish reporter, when she's asking him about meeting the Spanish president, a line about the importance of our relationship with Latin America (this is now the second time he answered a question about meeting the president of Spain with an answer about Latin America). She then says to McCain one last time:
"Okay, but I'm talking about Europe - the president of Spain, would you meet with him?"
This time, there was no room for confusion. McCain then gives this very bizarre answer:
"I will meet with any leader who has the same principles and philosophy as us in terms of human rights, democracy, and freedom and I will stand up to those who do not."
What does concern about human rights, democracy and freedom have to do with a prerequisite for meeting the president of Spain? Especially when you told the same paper 5 months ago that you'd be happy to meet with him.

McCain had no idea what was going on in the interview.

When the McCain camp isn't saying that Sarah Palin can learn what she needs on the job, they're saying she's prepared from day one. Unless they regard the job of the President to lie as much as possible, she's not. The issue is not John McCain's age. My father is 83 and he still does the New York Times crossword puzzle every day to stay sharp. He practically lives on the Intart00bz and he has a brand-new iPhone. His brother is 87 and still plays the cello. McCain could be a youngster by comparison. The issue is his not John McCain's age, but his health -- especially his cognitive health. We have a right to know if he's losing his cognitive abilities, because it certainly seems that he is.

You can hear the interview here. It's quite frightening.


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Blogger Citizen Carrie said...
The all-English version of the interview seems to be here.

Blogger Citizen Carrie said...
McCain sounded tired throughout the interview. I think he sounded kind of bored, and he was just rattling off a series of sound bites by rote memory. When the interviewer interjected a European country in the middle of talking about Latin American countries, it seemed to really throw him for a loop.

I agree that at first he was deliberately snubbing Zapatero, and started to talk about Mexico just because he figured a lot of Mexicans were also listening. It became apparent to me a moment later that he was pretty flustered and confused.

Not good.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I wonder too if this is in part due to side effects of meds or drug interactions. We already know he's said he takes Ambien. When my hubby was taking that stuff he was just plain wierd,to the point that it scared me. He literally could not recall our son's name or remember our address.

Also,from what I understand, some cancer treatments can take their toll on memory and brain functions in some people. I don't think we really know the full extent of his cancer,but it's odd he's had so many operations on one side of his face and yet the McCain campaign is claiming it's all stage one,nothing to really be worried about.

But yeah,there's something truly wrong with him.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
He gave a rote answer to a redundant question. this is pathetic even for haters like you.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Maybe McCain was thinking about his boyhood on the Spanish Main and started humming “Yo ho ho, a POW’s life for me !”

Anonymous Anonymous said...
McCain is too old to be president. This just shows it again. You can search for the many gaffes he's made (several McCain vs McCain). You have to believe his mental functioning isn't up to what it needs to be or he lies. Take your pick.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Another snarker said that McCain was still angry about the sinking of the Maine !