The Nine-Percent Solution

In his interview with Erin Burnett for CNN, President Biden most notably announced his betrayal of Israel the day after proclaiming his “ironclad” support. We had seen it coming. It wasn’t a surprise. It was obviously top of what is left of his mind.

He also unleashed a series of whoppers that suggest he is lost in a senescent fog. The editors of the New York Post tabulate and itemize a total of 15 in the 15-minute interview. My favorite is this one: “[Inflation] was 9 percent when I came to office.” Indeed, the Post editors declare it the lie of the night. See also Steven Nelson’s Post story on this whopper.

Students of ancient history may recall that inflation rate was actually 1.4 percent when Biden took office in January 2021. It didn’t reach 9 percent until June 2022.

Biden appears not to recall who was president at the time. He’s vague about that. His time in office as president is already way too long, but we devoutly hope that it can soon be deemed transitory — to borrow a word that the Biden team applied to the inflation that dogs us still.

Referring to the hero’s supposed cocaine addiction, Nicholas Meyer titled his first Sherlock Holmes pastiche The Seven-Per-Cent Solution. Biden appeared to have someone’s 7 percent mojo working as recently as his State of the Union Address. Maybe someone needs to up it to 9 percent.

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