House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) held her weekly press conference Thursday afternoon which echoed the concerns voiced by the owner at Grubb’s Pharmacy, a D.C. area pharmacy that caters to many members of Congress. Dr. Michael Kim voiced concerns in October of 2017 regarding Alzheimer’s medications, among other medications prescribed for serious health issues, being delivered to members of Congress.
Pelosi appeared to be having trouble stringing together an entire sentence and appeared to lose her train of thought rather frequently, about 16 times throughout the 15 minute presser. There were many instances where Pelosi would silently stare into the distance and others where she seemed to be battling her own thoughts as the lawmaker struggled to utter a single word.
Pelosi was asked about a bill circulating the Senate which is geared towards reforming Dodd-Frank. Pelosi answered, “You might say, how do we help communities banks, um…, how do we help…, um…” as she appeared to lose her train of thought and trail-off into silence.
There have also been instances where Nancy Pelosi referred to the President as “President Bush,” even though President Bush had been out of office for over 9 years or just over two Presidential terms. Pelosi was only able to correct herself after one of her staffers interrupted the presser in order to hand the congresswoman a note reminding her that Donald Trump is now President of the United States, not George W. Bush.
Grubb’s Pharmacy is located in Washington D.C. and caters to many members of Congress, staffers, lobbyists, and their families in and around the D.C. area. According to STAT News, the pharmacy makes prescription deliveries to Capitol’s Office of the Attending Physician (OAP) and has done so since 1997.
Dr. Michael Kim of Grubb’s Pharmacy made the following statement to STAT News back in October of 2017 regarding his prescription deliveries to members of Congress:
“At first it’s cool, then you realize, ‘I’m filling some drugs that are for some pretty serious health problems as well.’ And these are the people that are running the country.”
According to STAT News, Dr. Kim was referring to treatments for diabetes and Alzheimer’s however, due to doctor patient confidentiality he did not reveal the identities of who receives those medications nor did he elude to their roles in Congress.
Dr. Kim proclaimed to STAT News, “It makes you kind of sit back and say, “Wow, they’re making the highest laws in the land and they might not remember what happened yesterday.” If members of Congress are forgetting an event that took place the prior day, then it is incumbent on them to notify their congressional colleagues so some type of measures can be considered. It is not in the best interest of the American people to have lawmakers that are not of sound mind while pulling the levers of Congress.
Of course, nobody is claiming that Nancy Pelosi has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s however, it would be remiss not to make the correlation between Nancy Pelosi’s deteriorating speech patterns and the news that broke out of Grubb’s Pharmacy this past October.