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April 19, 2023
John Fetterman Chaired His First Subcommittee Hearing Today And It's Painful To Watch
John Fetterman chaired his first subcommittee hearing today on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP] benefits and other nutrition assistance included in the Farm Bill. This hearing marked Fetterman's return from Walter Reed Medical Center where he underwent treatment for clinical depression the past two months.
His opening statement was quite painful to listen to. On account of his inability to speak.
\u201cJohn Fetterman chaired a subcommittee hearing today.\n\nHere is his opening statement.\u201d— Greg Price (@Greg Price) 1681923593
A staffer was seen holding up Fetterman's iPad as he talked to people after the hearing ended. As a result of the stroke he suffered in 2022, Fetterman has auditory processing issues - he can't hear voices clearly. According to the New York Times, the voices Fetterman hears sound similar to Charlie Brown's teacher in The Peanuts. The iPad has closed captioning abilities so he can read what is being said to him.
\u201cJohn Fetterman has a staffer holding up his iPad as he talks to people after the hearing ended.\n\nCSPAN cut away from that pretty quickly.\u201d— Greg Price (@Greg Price) 1681923593
The point here isn't to mock Fetterman for being a stroke victim or make fun of his disabilities. It's that this is painful to watch. It seems borderline abusive and very similar to the Jill/Joe Biden dynamic, where Jill leads Joe around on a leash while he clearly just wants to eat some ice cream at his beach house. During his hospitalization, Fetterman's wife Gisele actually left the country with their children, reportedly to avoid intense media attention.
\u201cNEW: Gisele Fetterman revealed on Friday that after her husband admitted himself into the hospital for severe depression, she took a road trip to Canada.\n\n"I did the first thing I could think of," she said.\n\nVia @ChuckRossDC \nhttps://t.co/CYgSDOAWNs\u201d— Washington Free Beacon (@Washington Free Beacon) 1677269525
You can't help but wonder if Fetterman would be better off taking some time to focus on his health and family before trying to lead the state of Pennsylvania as a Senator. Gisele actually spoke on this point in an August interview, explaining she's never considered asking her husband to quit for health purposes, since doctors told them he'll make a full recovery. She also said she saved his life and will "never let him forget that". Which is...nice...I guess?
Whether a "full recovery" is on the horizon remains to be seen. But it's really tough to watch as his deteriorating health is on full display.
Lily is a Zoomer college dropout who somehow landed a writing gig here at LwC.com. In her spare time, she enjoys going for runs, touching grass, and occasionally tweeting tweets for fellow tweeters.
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