Biden, 81, 'constantly using cheat sheets at private fundraisers has alarmed ... trends now

Biden, 81, 'constantly using cheat sheets at private fundraisers has alarmed ... trends now
Biden, 81, 'constantly using cheat sheets at private fundraisers has alarmed ... trends now

Biden, 81, 'constantly using cheat sheets at private fundraisers has alarmed ... trends now

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President Joe Biden has long brandished notecards at the White House and in sit-downs with world leaders, but now donors are throwing a flag on his use of the cheat sheets even in closed-door private events.

Biden has already broken with the traditional expectation that donors writing big checks to his campaign are entitled to a more off-the-cuff version of the president during closed-door fundraisers.

The president has repeatedly relied on a teleprompter in those settings, sometimes giving versions of his public speeches inside well-appointed homes, as he did during a fundraising swing through California this week. (Press cameras are usually not present, however).

Those frank exchanges are one reason donors plunk down as much as $3,300 and flock to events to get brief face time with the president. 

Some donors are squawking at the president's use of note cards even during question and answer sessions that the White House following the more staged remarks, where Biden allows a press pool to be present.

It has been 'raising concerns among some donors about Biden's age,' Axios reported, leaving some donors 'wondering whether Biden can withstand the rigors of a presidential campaign.'

In the cards: Biden has long relied on note cards during public events. He also uses them at closed door fundraisers, frustrating donors

In the cards: Biden has long relied on note cards during public events. He also uses them at closed door fundraisers, frustrating donors

Past presidents have relied on notes, and Biden's use of special note cards traces back to his time as vice president and senator, even featuring in a report by Special Counsel Robert Hur that described Biden as an 'elderly man' who struggled to remember key

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