Thanks for sharing.I cared for my father for 29 years. He had senile dementia that noticeably began in his mid-50's. So, I witnessed the progression of his disease from early/mild (stage 1) all the way to advanced/severe (stage 4) which ended when he died of a stroke last Dec at the age of 83.
When you care for these people, you become very familiar with how the disease presents and how the sufferers compensate and try to cover it.
I dare say that anyone who has cared for one of these poor folks can easily recognize the signs of the disease, as well as the compensations and covers.
I can get very specific if you want, but I will spare you for now. I can say without any doubt that our president is in the stage 2-3 of senile dementia.
This does not mean that these people are always significantly limited in their mental capacity. They can actually perform very well at times, especially earlier in the day or when they are energized. At other times, they can have great difficulty understanding or reacting to sudden events or being able to engage fully in a discussion.
So, the limited campaigning and the restricted media access is perfectly understandable, given this situation. The president is as much an institution as he is a person. The institution of the president requires a very large staff to manage the business of the office under the best of circumstances. In this case, they are doing a lot more. But as long as he can walk and talk - is basically awake and can get on his feet - the presidency can function.
Their challenge is that this is a progressive disease, so their management is going to be much more difficult, say, 2 years from now. I suspect we will see a lot of waving from a distance and no direct interaction with media.
But the idea you are throwing out there that there is some question about his mental capacity is not true. There are millions of regular folks out there who have taken care of dementia sufferers, and those people see it and know that our president is one of those sufferers.