A new report indicates that Senator John Fetterman is struggling to adjust to life in the Senate as he adjusts to hearing problems since suffering a stroke in May that left him sounding like the teacher in the “Peanuts” cartoon.
An in-depth account of Fetterman’s current struggles comes via the New York Times and casts doubt on the Pennsylvania Democrat’s past claims that he could “serve effectively” if elected.
It also comes after Fetterman spent two nights in hospital following an incident where he was feeling “light-headed”.
The Times describes in significant detail how colleagues and sergeants-at-arms went to great lengths to help an ailing senator who found the transition to the chamber “extraordinarily challenging” “due to the stress of his recovery,” which left him with a physical handicap and severe mental illness. Health Challenges.”
It almost seems that the media is finally ready to talk about the many issues that Fetterman has now secured the election.
NYT is ready to tell the truth about John Fetterman – who is in the hospital for 3rd day – now the truth doesn’t matter.
“A physical disability and serious mental health challenges made the transition extraordinarily challenging” https://t.co/UEjGpnuM59
— Steve Krakuer (@Steve Krauk) February 10, 2023
RELATED: One month into his term, Senator John Fetterman hospitalized overnight – staff say no signs of stroke
Fetterman sounds like a teacher in “Peanuts.”
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The physical disability that Fetterman contends with, as noted by the New York Times, is an auditory processing problem that forces him to rely on a tablet or screen to transcribe what is being said.
His desk includes a monitor that adjusts whether he is standing or sitting, a custom desk at center-stage with a similar monitor, and a live audio-to-text transcription service for committee hearings.
He needs these things, according to reports, because at times it’s hard for Fetterman to listen “trying to make out the slurred voice of the teacher in the ‘Peanuts’ cartoon, whose words can never be deciphered.”
John Fetterman is still hospitalized, and according to the New York Times he can hear voices like the Peanuts cartoon teacher talking to him.
Great Rentals Pennsylvania…
We will pray for his recovery, but who has not seen it?
— Matt Couch (@RealMattCouch) February 10, 2023
The New York Times describes how Senate colleagues had to accommodate Fetterman’s “special needs.”
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) experimented with a tablet used to transcribe voices for her colleague and suggested that others should “learn our own style with it.”
Rep. Marie Glusenkamp Perez (D-WA) was initially confused as to why she had to use a tablet for “small talk” but pointed out that it worked flawlessly.
Biden’s $180,000 press wizard face is a telling one.
“Is POTUS Concerned About Fetterman’s Health?”
KJP: Jean-Pierre: “President finds Fetterman impressive,
Incredibly bright, talented and capable of carrying out the duties of his office.” pic.twitter.com/FXYcVdqIEK
— Tosca Austen (@ToscaAusten) October 27, 2022
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Everyone knew he had a problem
The New York Times report is rather interesting when you consider that Democrats did their best to keep Fetterman’s health concerns under wraps before his election to the Senate last November.
One reporter — NBC News’ Dasha Barnes — who dared to admit she didn’t understand the speech and needed a transcript to help her on the matter was roundly reprimanded by Democrats and even her media colleagues.
“In the small talk before the interview without captions, it wasn’t clear he was understanding our conversation,” Burns reported a few months ago.
Burns took a stab at him, even as fellow journalists insulted him as bad at ‘small talk’, while others suggested he was increasing the likelihood of violence against disabled people.
Sorry to say but I have spoken @John Fetterman Over an hour without stops or any help and it’s just crap. Maybe this reporter is just bad at small talk. https://t.co/CX9B7qWUaS
— Kara Swisher (@karaswisher) October 12, 2022
That Fetterman spoke to disability advocates about the interview. They are not happy. https://t.co/XE8wBq2LNN
— David McCaw (@davidmacaw) October 12, 2022
Now the media is finally freely admitting that Fetterman has “special needs” and that he’s basically listening to the teacher from “Peanuts” when he talks to his peers.
The New York Times also noted that Fetterman is unable to speak to reporters in the hallways of the Capitol, which most lawmakers attend, and that he needs a team of staff to make sure his technical aids are working properly.
He is not fit to serve in Congress. He needs rest and recovery time. Those close to him who are forcing him to serve in the Senate should be ashamed that they are actively involved.
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