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By Mae Slater on
 July 10, 2024

Biden's Physician Attempts To Explain Visits With Parkinson's Expert

President Joe Biden's health has come under intense scrutiny following repeated visits by a Parkinson's disease specialist to the White House. Despite mounting pressure from within his party, Biden asserted his intent to remain in the presidential race.

On Monday night, the president’s physician released a letter addressing the growing concerns about President Biden’s health. This response followed several inquiries regarding the frequent visits by a Parkinson's disease specialist to the White House.

Just The News reported that House Republicans plan to subpoena Biden's physician to testify in front of Congress following the release of that letter.

During the Monday press briefing, President Joe Biden’s press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, avoided directly answering questions about the specialist’s visits. Instead, she repeatedly read a prepared sentence, leaving many questions unanswered.

Dr. Kevin O’Connor, the president’s physician, clarified the situation by explaining that Dr. Kevin Cannard, a noted neurologist, visited the White House eight times. Dr. O’Connor emphasized that these visits were part of the president’s annual physical exams.

Specialist's Role and Findings

In his letter, Dr. O’Connor provided details about Dr. Cannard’s credentials and the nature of his examinations. He stated, "Dr. Cannard was the neurological specialist that examined President Biden for each of his annual physicals. His findings have been made public each time I have released the results of the President’s annual physical. President Biden has not seen a neurologist outside of his annual physical."

According to Dr. O’Connor, the findings from Dr. Cannard’s exams were included in the annual physical results released to the public. This was meant to ensure transparency regarding the president’s health.

Despite these explanations, concerns about Biden’s health persisted, especially after a Parkinson’s disease expert on NBC noted that Biden exhibited hallmarks of Parkinson’s disease, including bradykinesia, a condition characterized by slowed movement.

On Tuesday, President Biden faced calls from Democrats and major donors to step down from his campaign. However, he firmly rejected these calls, stating, "I am not going anywhere."

The situation escalated as House Democrats convened in Washington to discuss Biden’s future in light of the growing calls for his withdrawal from the campaign. The discussions reflected the increasing unease within the party regarding Biden’s health and its potential impact on his presidential run.

Among the Democrats, Rep. Mary Peltola downplayed her opinion on the matter, saying, "My opinion is irrelevant." She also mentioned her plans to go fishing in Alaska, seemingly to avoid making difficult decisions regarding the situation.

Implications of Specialist's Visits

The repeated visits by Dr. Cannard, a Parkinson's specialist, have fueled speculation about President Biden’s health. The focus has particularly been on whether he might have Parkinson’s disease, given the expert’s observation of bradykinesia in Biden.

The Parkinson’s Foundation explains that bradykinesia is one of the cardinal symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. For a Parkinson’s diagnosis to be considered, an individual must exhibit bradykinesia plus at least either tremor or rigidity.

This medical insight has added another layer of concern for those observing the president’s health and its potential implications for his ability to effectively lead the nation.

The administration’s handling of the situation, particularly the press secretary’s reluctance to provide clear answers, has been met with criticism. The lack of direct responses has only intensified speculation and concern among the public and political observers.

Moving forward, the administration may need to adopt a more transparent approach to address these health concerns effectively. Clear communication regarding the president’s health and the role of specialists like Dr. Cannard could help alleviate some of the growing anxieties.

As the president continues his campaign, his health will likely remain a focal point of discussion, both within the Democratic Party and among the general public. The outcome of these discussions could significantly impact the political landscape leading up to the election.


In conclusion, President Joe Biden's health has come under scrutiny due to the frequent visits by a Parkinson's disease specialist.

Despite detailed explanations from his physician, concerns persist, particularly following observations of bradykinesia.

Political pressure has mounted, with Democrats and major donors calling for Biden to step down. However, the president remains steadfast in his campaign. The administration's handling of these health concerns will be crucial in the coming months as Biden continues his bid for re-election.

Written By:
Mae Slater

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